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Authors: Robert D. Lesslie

Miracles in the ER

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All the incidents described in this book are true. Where individuals may be identifiable, they have granted the author and the publisher the right to use their names, stories, and/or facts of their lives in all manners, including composite or altered representations. In all other cases, names, circumstances, descriptions, and details have been changed to render individuals unidentifiable.


Copyright © 2014 by Robert D. Lesslie, MD

Published by Harvest House Publishers

Eugene, Oregon 97402

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Lesslie, Robert D., 1951-

Miracles in the ER / Robert D. Lesslie, MD.

pages cm

ISBN 978-0-7369-5482-2 (pbk.)

ISBN 978-0-7369-5484-6 (eBook)

1. Hospitals—Emergency services—Popular works. 2. Emergency medical personnel—Popular works. 3. Medical emergencies—Popular works. I. Title. II Title: Miracles in the emergency room.

RA975.5.E5L48 2014



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To Barbara—my wife and editor in chief

And to my grandchildren, the surest evidence of miracles in my life—

Jack Sullivan

Connor Thomas

Denton Lesslie

Caris Ann

Christian Nathaniel

Adah Elizabeth

…and those to come



Layout of the ER


The Miracle of Healing

Let It Be


He Ain’t Heavy…

Sometimes, You Just Know

The Miracle of Answered Prayer

Chauncey Taylor

Will—Not Mine

Without Ceasing

Unseen Miracles

A Seed Planted

Burning Bridges

My Place

Miracles of Deliverance

On Holy Ground

To Have and to Hold

The Locusts

Almost a Miracle


All Swole Up

Little Children, Fools, and Drunks

Miracle Worker

The Miracle of Angels

In His Care

Let Slip the Dogs of War

On Silent Wings They Come

A Time to Be Born…


The Miracle of Forgiveness

It’s Okay

Forgive Us Our Trespasses…

The Frozen Snake

The Miracle of Humility

Step Aside

The Teeth of the Dragon

Coming Home to Roost

The Miracle of…Coincidence

Expect the Unexpected

All That Glitters

Any Port in a Storm

The Cell Phone

The Miracle of a Changed Heart

A Demon

Joy to the World

The Miracle of Faith

Blessed Assurance

I Have a Plan

Outside Looking In


A Benediction

About the Author

Layout of the ER


oc, I’m tellin’ ya, it was a miracle!”

Fresh out of my residency, when one of our ER patients would tell me this, my usual response was to assume the “position”—one arm folded across my chest, my chin cupped in the other hand. Slowly nodding my head, I would patiently wait until he—or she—finished, then get on with the matter at hand.

Not that my faith didn’t allow for the occurrence of miracles, or unexpected acts of God. It was just that the ER didn’t seem a likely place for these things to happen.

That was more than thirty years ago, and things have changed. Or at least I have changed. The “position” now is to pull up a stool, rub my hands together, and say, “Tell me about it.” I have seen and experienced too many unexplainable things to discount anyone’s story and the ability and willingness of the Lord to act directly in our lives.

As it turns out, the ER is just the place for miracles. We deal with matters of life and death, joy and grief, happiness and sorrow. And we deal with people from all walks of life and with every imaginable—sometimes
problem. Why shouldn’t we expect to find the Lord in this place? And if things happen that we can’t explain, whose shortcoming is that? If we open our eyes and our hearts, we soon come to agree with C.S. Lewis when he wrote,

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.

To the contrary, it seems that miracles are a natural and intentional part of creation—and a very real part of each of our lives. If only we had eyes to see.

Days pass, years vanish and we walk sightless among miracles.



And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.


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