June 3: A Miraculous Defect

On July 20, 2012, when a gunman opened fire on the crowd watching the premiere of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, 12 people died and many more were hurt.  One of the wounded was 22-year-old Petra Anderson.   Three shotgun pellets hit her arm while one entered her brain.  Doctors feared her injuries could leave her with severe speech, motor and cognitive problems.  During surgery, they discovered otherwise.

Anderson’s pastor, Brad Strait, wrote on his blog, “The doctor explains that Petra’s brain has had from birth a small ‘defect’ in it.  It is a tiny channel of fluid running through her skull…Only a CAT scan would catch it.  In Petra’s case, the shotgun buckshot…enters her brain from the exact point of this defect.  Like a marble through a small tube, the defect channels the bullet…through her brain.  It turns slightly several times, and comes to rest at the rear of her brain. And in the process, the bullet misses all the vital areas of the brain.”

Petra Anderson is now expected to make a full recovery.

Sometimes our imperfections can be a blessing.

All things work together for good for those who love

God.  (Romans 8:28)

Use my flaws to create good, Father.

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