Go for a walk, find a miracle

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A few months ago, while walking for exercise in the neighborhood, I stopped to talk to Mr. Mike Ebanks. He sadly shared that his granddaughter, Taylor, was being treated for leukemia at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We prayed, not for God to heal her, but thanked Him for a miracle that she would be healed. Mike shed a few tears.
Taylor lives in Gonzales with her parents, Pat and Nell Mangus, and her brother, Sean, age 13. She is a senior at East Ascension High School. The next time she was in LaPlace, her grandfather called,
and I went over to visit her. Again, Mike and I prayed, together with Taylor and her grandmother, Glenda, thanking God for the
healing miracle
He was performing.
Early this past Saturday morning, again while walking, Mike called me with much excitement and said, “I want to show you something!” It was a publication about the East Ascension High School’s Homecoming Court, and guess what? The queen was Taylor! Mike was so proud and excited, he started crying before we prayed.
Taylor is a member of the Beta Club, DECA and the Future Business Leaders of America. She was also chosen to be a Senior Mentor this year. Taylor has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her entire school career.
After graduation, Taylor plans to attend either LSU or Southeastern to study nursing. Her dream job would be to become a nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
On Monday, I called her mother for permission to write this article. She agreed and shared that Taylor was diagnosed with leukemia on Oct. 31, 2011. I asked her how many trips they’ve made to the hospital. She didn’t know the number, but said there were many.  
As we spoke, she told me that Taylor will be on chemotherapy until July 2014, and the prognosis
is good. Her mom said, “We don’t consider this a negative in our
lives, but a positive because God’s got a reason for everything. We now realize that life is a gift, and we don’t take it for granted. We cherish and enjoy each day, one day at a time.”
The Mangus family is a testimony that we should rejoice daily, regardless of the circumstances.
As I was writing about Taylor, I was thinking that I just went for a walk, and God blessed me with an article.  
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