Words of Hope: You are a Miracle

Dad delighted in people. Wherever he went, he made lifelong friends. On the day he died, I called many people whose numbers were on his phone to say goodbye. If we missed you, I am very sorry. One family I called was the Lopez family from Dillingham, Alaska. Dad had a deep care for Charlene, who understands the cancer journey. Her daughter Kaylee is one of the most remarkable young women you will ever meet. She demonstrated great courage, servant-heartedness, and generosity of spirit as she helped her family through the challenge of cancer. My Dad loved to tell the story of this remarkable family.  

I recently received a photo of a tattoo Kaylee had placed on her arm in honor of Dad. It was a beautiful set of wings with the message, “You are a miracle -Fred Crowell.” I know my Dad is thrilled. Dad had many camp slogans, but his phrase, “You are a miracle.” was his favorite. Before he adopted this, he would be frustrated when traveling to a crowded place like New York City. After thinking and seeing each person as a miracle of God, he loved New York City. He would stand on the street as the people passed by him, looking with love and joy at each face, praying and thanking God for each person who passed him. This way of living transformed his encounters. His slogan, “You are a miracle,” is an important part of NBC Camps teaching. Authentic love is at the center of when we live and interact with others, realizing that each life is infinitely precious.

“I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well… How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they would outnumber the sand.” – Psalm 139: 14&17