My wife has been having a hard time dealing with some oral surgery she had last week. It was a tricky procedure removing tissue from the roof of her mouth and attaching it to her lower gums. The doctors didn't give her pain killers and the last few days it's been unbearable. Yesterday our Metropolitan Joseph visited our church and after the service spoke about 20 minutes on Mother Mary and how she hears and answers our prayers. At this point, my wife was in such pain and swelling she couldn't speak.
This morning my 4 oldest Children, 2 through 8, remembered this talk and while my wife was taking a bath they all lit candles and asked me to join them as we read the Paraclis to the Mother of God. It was beautiful.
So shortly thereafter we are all sitting around the living room and my wife joins in the conversation, speaking normally without a sign of pain. My oldest daughter Mary pipes up, Mommy, our prayers worked! You should have seen the look on my wife's face as she realized days of pain and swelling had just disappeared.
Miracle or not, Glory to be to God and his mother the Theotokos who hears our prayers. Thank you God for a family that helps save this sinner.
But please pray for my wife. There is still an open wound in her mouth where they removed the tissue and she's still fearful of infection, and the whole ordeal really wore her down. Oral surgery is a nasty thing.