HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

January 7, 2008
Faith-Based Mutual:
From the Confidential Files of Dr. Christopher Jacques

John R. Guthrie


The senior’s group, Eyes on Glory, at Austerity’s First Church prayed Mr. Malcolm Boyd right out of the coma he’d been in for six weeks after suffering a stroke. The doctors had already told his family they needed to prepare for the worst. Even after he woke up, the prayer chain continued for six months. Then one Sunday morning here came Malcolm, his great grandson rolling him down the aisle in a wheelchair. The musical director saw him entering, turned and whispered to the pianist and the choir, and signaled the 18 piece orchestra. They broke into a rousing rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Malcolm was unable to stay for long because he repeatedly nearly slid from his wheelchair twice because the seat was slippery wet. He had problems with bladder and bowel control. But though he and his head was resting on his right shoulder and his tongue hung from his mouth as he was rolled away, the congregations waved bye and smiled as they continued to sing...

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