Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

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Due to a health emergency, there have been no new columns for the past several days. I am today, back at my desk, while recovering from a heart crisis that resulted in an ambulance trip to a military hospital.

Two difficult heart procedures were performed and open heart surgery was on the table. As a matter of fact, so was I.

However after the extended and rough procedures, it was determined that with a recent medical development, it was possible to be treated with new medications that would accomplish what open heart surgery would do. We’ll see.

Interesting sidelight, the chaplain of the hospital came to my room. After some talking, I asked him if he would pray for me. He eagerly said ‘yes,‘came closer and began to pray. He completed the prayer without the name of Jesus, which is now forbidden in military facilities.

When he concluded with, “Amen” I immediately picked it up with, “And Lord Jesus, we ask a blessing and accelerated healing for the man in the bed next to me, all the patients in this hospital, new strength for the chaplain here with me, and all the staff. And Jesus, I beseech thee to grant the surgeons here more skill and dexterity in their hands and fingers than they have ever known. And we Praise thee for all these blessings in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord, amen.”

While the chaplain in the government facility could not say the name of Jesus, this former military man who is a patient, could.

Even though the next couple of weeks will be very quiet ones of recovery, there will be activity at the keyboard with new columns forthcoming. Stay tuned.

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