This can be a motto for us all: "I can do hard things!" Thanks for
sharing this inspiring story. Good luck to the McKees in their life story. They
will continue to help strengthen and inspire many, many people.
For months, I have been praying for this wonderful woman at the FB request of
The Nashville Tribute Band. Yes, it is truly a miracle, and I am very happy for
her and her loving family that our Heavenly Father still had some work left for
her to do here!
My heart was certainly lifted and my soul humbled as I read every word of this
story. There were tears, smiles and a strong hope that this family, especially
the wife would persevere and overcome this awful challenge. It seems they are
doing that and it's given me hope and more determination to conquer the
challenges I have with health and just life. We always think our challenges are
the worst until we are privy to stories such as this. I pray the Lord's
choicest blessings will continue with them.
My son was privileged to be in Nashville for a little over a month while waiting
for his Australian VISA. He thought highly of Pres. and Sister McKee. I am
sure that he is a better person for having known them for a little while.
In 2004, while serving at Girls camp, my wife Holly had a major blead stroke.
She was in ICU for several weeks, and in the hospital for three months. At first
she could not talk, see well or do numbers. She still has issues reading, but
when I arrived at the hospital, and took her hand, she looked at me (not knowing
my name, or for that matter, her name), and said Temple, and squeezed my hand..
If you are in the right place at the right time, miracles do happen...
It's comforting to know that miracles still happen.There is one
closely related issue that immediatelypresented itself as I read this,
which I hope you willentertain.Miracles are a good thing to be
sure because the cost of hospital care apparently bankrupts many families.
Of course you can alwaysseek "health care" and fight for a
reduction in the bill afterwards.One person I know refused to go to
hospital during a heart attack because of the expectation of tens of
thousands of dollars in hospital bills once a person is moved to hospital
for a couple of days. I could not answer this objection; apparently the
only alternative is to fight the hospital afterwards for a downward modification in the amount billed. It can destroy people financially.Whether there is private health care or government health care thiswill probably continue to be a problem as "health care" costs only go
one way - Up!Scriptures do not promote doctors and hospitals I
notice, and we are told not to get in debt except for education or home
ownership. Any comments?
I live in Nashville and have come to love this wonderful family. I pray Heavenly
Father continues to watch over them and bless them as they return home and start
the next phase of their lives.
Gildas...my thoughts on your comments...While the scriptures do not
directly promote doctors and hospitals, they do direct us to do all we can. I
believe that doctors and hospitals have been made available for us to use when
we need extra help. The Lord tells us to have faith in Him and to do our part.
Using the expertise of the doctors is doing our part.While
you're right about the financial hardships it can cost, wouldn't you
rather have your family with you and pay the steep costs forever, than to turn
your back on the medical care that is available. When we are advised not to go
into debt, I believe that is for things that we do not need. Some things cannot
be helped and a life is certainly worth it, no matter what the cost.My prayers are with Sis McKee and her wonderful family. What a great story of
faith and courage and perseverance...it so inspired me to be able to face my
challenges head on.
I grew up in Inkom, Idaho with the McKee family. This family is one of the most
loving, hard working, faithful families I have ever known. I cannot think of a
more wonderful and worthy family for the Lord to provide a miracle to.
We have witnessed miracles in the Mission thanks to the service and efforts of
the McKees, and we are sad to be losing them. We all pray for a full recovery
for Sister McKee and that they'll be able to return to visit and see the
fruits of their labors.
My daughter is currently serving in this incredible mission. What a blessing it
has been to get to know and love the McKees! There are no words to describe what
it's been like to watch their miracle unfold day by day. The story told
here is just the tip of the iceberg. None of us knew what would happen from hour
to hour as we lived through it. Our family has followed their blog from the
beginning. We have wept and prayed and fasted and worried over them every day,
along with thousands of others. The Tennessee Nashville Mission wont be the same
without them, and will miss them terribly. They have truly set the bar as high
as it goes for what it means to give "selfless service". We love them so
dearly. We will forever have them in our hearts, and pray for Sister
McKee's continued recovery. She has had recent setbacks and additional
surgery and miracles since this article was written. We pray for their family to
have a smooth transition as they make the next leap of faith on their journey.
God Bless them.
Definitely gratifying and inspiring and fortunate, with a lot of extraordinarily
intense and professional care and intervention.But a
Shelama,Not everyone defines or describes miracles in the same way. It
sounds miraculous to me, and a great story as well. The family and the mission
president's wife are examples we can all appreciate.
It seems to me the writer has confused "miracles" with
"misfortunes" or even "bad luck". I'm glad Sr. McKee has
been doing better of late, but this has been a horrible experience. Best wishes
to her and her family.However, can we just share a story without
trying to construct a "miracle"? This reminds me of the story of that
LDS missionary who hopped a fence at a Guatemalan zoo not too long ago and was
chewed up by lions. Again, the Deseret News attempted to construe
"miracles" from the results of reckless behavior. A miracle would have
been for the lions to have left him alone. That didn't happen.
To MapleDon... Yes, actually a miracle. The article did not discuss a
priesthood blessing that was given at the most critical time of this crisis.
Nor did it include the message of that blessing. Likely because the family felt
it was too sacred to report in a newspaper. I'm assuming they chose not to
"give that which is holy unto the dogs..." if you know what I mean.To all others... I am glad to know that the McKee's are doing well
and they have served the Nashville Mission with incredible honor. I'm not
sure it's my place to submit this... but I know the new Mission President
and his wife extremely well and I can assure you that this mission will continue
to be blessed with the very best that the Lord has to offer.
To all of you "Doubters" it was a miracle to this family and that is all
that matters. You do not have to get hit by a Mack truck to know..
@NeterellaThank you for your feedback.I understand your point
of view.The person who refused medical help was a nurse. She knew
what would happen to her in the emergency room and hospital, felt also it would
not necessarily help to follow that course, might actually make things worse
worrying about how to pay the enormous costs. It was entirely her call.In a slightly different vein I knew another nurse (I know quite a few) who
refused the proffered bypass operation and insisted upon a stint as the former
is frequently fatal. I know of traditional medical doctors who sceptically
refuse conventional cancer therapies.As for "doing all you
can" to me that means observing the "Word of Wisdom", a course which
would preclude most of the heart problems that are our number one killers. If I
hadn't done this before a heart attack, I would change my ways afterwards -
pronto. Heart disease can usually be reversed in this way; that I do know. You didn't mention the counsel not to become indebted except for
home ownership or education.
Miracles happen all of the time - yet have nothing to do with righteousness,
religion, or faith. Absolutely nothing. Miracles happen to members of every
faith, non believers, criminals. People of faith have bad things happen to them.
That includes faithful mormons. Bad people have good things happen to them.
There seems to be no reasoning behind it, just plain luck.
Awesome article and story. The McKee's are an inspiration to so many,
before and after this story! Our prayers are with Bill & RaNae McKee and
I don't mean to pry or be in any way disrespectful, because I have dealt
with the head injury of a loved one so I know what these people have been
through. But in a case like this which must have run up monstrous (!) medical
bills, I'd like to know something about how they avoided bankruptcy (if in
fact they have). I realize some of this is very personal, but we need to share
these kinds of information. One of the problems we have with health care is
that there is so much silence about cost and charges. Perhaps the paper could
prepare a composite of such experiences and present a summary - that would