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Three Short Stories To Inspire Your Heart


For one couple true love has been redefined. It is a refusal to give up. A wife was determined to let her husband know that she was there when he was on the brink of death. It all started with a kiss.

Scott Hawkins, of Michigan, suffered a severe brain aneurysm in a stroke. Then he had a heart attack during the operation. He ended up in a vegetative state. His condition got so bad that doctors advised disconnecting life support. Danielle, his wife, not only refused, but kissed him on the cheek. Scott kissed her back.

Doctors were baffled when Scott began to revive, including breathing on his own. Weeks later after many other improvements he started flicking notes on his guitar. After several months of continuous presence and gestures of enduring love, Scott spoke for the first time with the words, “I love you,” to Danielle. It has been a very difficult recovery that has continued for 15 months. Every day is still very challenging. The couple is finally once again together at home.


What can one man and a sewing machine do? Michael Swaine, a college art professor, found an old sewing machine on a street in San Francisco. One piece of someone’s unwanted “junk” became another person’s vision.

Michael set up “shop” on a sidewalk, in an area known for drugs, crime, and homelessness. He repaired garments for free for those who were too poor to buy new attire or mend their “nasty, grimy clothes,” in the words of one woman. After doing this for several years Michael recently moved to the northwest. An assistant will carry on his work. Time will tell if he continues his sewing on a street in Seattle.


It was a typical concert for the group, “3 Doors Down,” until the lead singer, Brad Arnold, witnessed a scene in the audience. For the first time in 15 years he stopped the music in the middle of a song, when he saw a man push a woman. He said, “You just pushed a woman to get in a fight…You don’t hit a woman, dude.”He then had security escort the man out of the concert, to the rousing applause of the audience.


Here are three stories of people who made a difference in their own unique ways. Isn’t that what life is all about? People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. Proverbs 3:3-4 says, “Do not let kindness and and truth leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart, so you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and men.” What are some creative and unique ways that you can show you care to those around you? To individuals? To an entire community?

About John Clark

John Clark
John Livingston Clark is 67 years of age and lives in central Washington State. He has written two published books, and two published poems. His initial book is called, " God's Healing Hope: Breaking the Strongholds of Wrong Thinking." His second book, released in December of 2016, is a motivational book written to seniors titled, " Seniors: Are You Retiring or Recharging?" Both books are available on amazon. You can also view his writings on www.faithwriters.com. John is available to speak on a variety of topics. Visit me at jclarkministries.com

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