Asher’s Amazing Miracle

1 Feb

Stories to Inspire

Here’s a short story video that will likely melt your heart.

April 2, 2018 – Nearly 3 years ago our then 14-month-old grandson Asher, was suddenly stricken with acute flaccid myelitis – an inflammation and swelling of the spinal cord.  He had just taken a 2-hour nap and uncharacteristically woke up crying… and for no apparent reason.  After some homespun testing, John took him to the ER.  That night was a long night.  

Cheryl and I joined John and Asher early the next morning.  After intensive research and extensive tests, the Drs knew what was wrong, they just didn’t know why… and the prognosis they gave us was pretty hopeless.

Despite knowing that this was a serious problem, we immediately reminded our hearts and minds of how our family lives in the favor of the Lord… proven by countless miracles of His goodness.  We determined that we would NOT let our hearts be sucked down into a dark whirlpool of confusion, discouragement or despair.  If every previous trial in our lives has ended up being an amazing trophy testimony, then why would this trial be any different!?!  REALLY!!!  This is the REAL stuff!  If we’re in Christ, we must begin to believe His heart for us and anchor our emotions in this infallible truth.

John stayed in the hospital with Asher for 19 days.  Cheryl traveled back and forth and took care of the other siblings.  At about 19 days, Asher moved one finger 1/4″.  Yay!!!!  Our confidence was already unshakeable but that little 1/4″ movement was the ‘icing on the cake’.  They dismissed him from the hospital saying that was all they could do for him.  But that wasn’t to be the end of the story – THANK YOU, GOD!!!!

Since then, progress has been slow but very steady and remarkable.

Many people around the world have prayed for our little guy.  This tender and innocent toddler has found his way into the hearts of countless caring folks.  Nearly everywhere we go, someone asks how he’s doing.  So, this short video is an overview of the last 3 years to tell the good news and give glory to our awesome God. 

At this point, Asher has recovered most of the motor function and muscle skills in his arms, hands and fingers.  His nerves have evidently established new pathways to transfer the impulses and his muscles have steadily rebuilt.  There is no doubt that he’ll have as much normal function as any other boy within a year or so.  Even now, it might be difficult for a stranger to notice that Asher ever had a problem.

Our hearts are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for His care for us the whole way through.  He has helped us turn another test… into a test-imony!  What we knew to be true about God nearly 3 years ago when things looked so bad, has carried us right into another one of a boatload of trophy God-stories that is power-packed to inspire others.  He’s just that good!

The takeaway: Our God is so much better than we ever thought!!

Click here for a 5:30 mins video story


7 Responses to “Asher’s Amazing Miracle”

  1. benkonkel February 2, 2021 at 7:59 AM #

    WOW! I didn’t know all that! PTL

    • Mark Hendrickson February 2, 2021 at 8:25 PM #

      We all have stories… some just don’t get told until the right time, I guess. Glad it inspires you.

  2. garykershner February 2, 2021 at 11:07 AM #


    This is the best! It’s an award winning documentary. What a testimony of the “goodness” of God.

    Thank you for putting this out.


    Gary Kershner Real Estate 2040 Hwy 14 Richland Center, WI 53581

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    • Mark Hendrickson February 2, 2021 at 8:31 PM #

      Thanks Gary!
      Asher’s progress has been slow but steady. Like a kid growing up, when you’re around them all the time you don’t realize how much they’ve changed. But being able to contrast where our little guy was 3 years ago to where he is today makes a convincing story. A cool God-story!!!

      The Drs were giving us almost no hope for the restoration of his arm and hand motor skills. But when John and Cheryl took him back in for another battery of tests 6 months later the Drs were amazed. Even the medical community knew this was unusual.

      But thank our awesome Lord. He writes great stories!!!!!

    • Mark Hendrickson March 19, 2021 at 12:05 AM #

      Our God is so good. Better than we thought!!!!

  3. Dorothy Funk February 2, 2021 at 6:01 PM #

    Thank you for sharing that. I knew Asher had been making progress but to witness it in the video just warmed my heart. God is soooo gooood. Love you all!

    • Mark Hendrickson March 19, 2021 at 12:05 AM #

      Thnx Dorothy. Our family comments frequently about how much progress has gaining all the time. Thnk the Lord!!!! Hope you are well and your heart is inspired.
      Love. M&D

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