Most everyone is aware of the situation with Damar Hamlin the Buffalo Bills football player who suffered a cardiac arrest during a game last Monday night. He remains in critical condition but has been alert and communicating by writing despite enduring two situations where CPR brought him back to life.
What has developed from all of the aftermath is an outpouring of love and prayers across America that may be unprecedented in the world of sports. His Go Fund Me account to raise funds for toys for displaced children that was at about $600K has jumped to nearly $7 million from loving donations. His situation has caused faith to rise to the occasion which often happens when all may be lost.
Damar has made a remarkable comeback in such a short time. What has transpired is that prayer is being mentioned and lifted up in such abundance that one must believe God has used this situation to demonstrate not only his power to heal (Damar's family are believers) but also the power he has to unify all different beliefs into believing in him.
Players prayed on the field with heavy hearts and many tears. ESPN prayed on the air (never happens). People lined the hospital and stood outside the stadium in vigil for Damar. For a few moments, for a few days we were all one praying and hoping he would survive this tragic circumstance. I know I couldn't sleep thinking about him.
If you read the Book of Psalms it seems the writers were always under some type of duress that sent them on their knees to pray as was the case here. David in particular was under siege with the threat of his life ending every day. Tragedy or the threat of it always seems to produce prayer in abundance.
So sorry for Damar's situation but he has helped to unite us all in a cause, he has helped us all to hold our loved ones a little closer and he has helped us all to connect much more with our creator.
May the Lord continue to heal him and to heal our hearts as well!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.