Jesus and the Mud Puddle
Date Added: July 31, 2002
The 'net is riddled with spiritually uplifting parables masquerading as true stories. The faithful rarely check them because their message is so strong.
Jesus & the Mud Puddle
Howard County Sheriff Jerry Marr got a disturbing call one Saturday afternoon a few months ago. His 6-year-old grandson Mikey had been hit by a car while fishing in Greentown with his dad. The father and son were near a bridge by the Kokomo Reservoir when a woman lost control of her car, slid off the bridge and hit Mikey at a rate of about 50 mph. Sheriff Marr had seen the results of accidents like this and feared the worst. When he got to Saint Joseph Hospital, he rushed through the emergency room to find Mikey conscious and in fairly good spirits.
"Mikey, what happened?" Sheriff Marr asked.
Mikey replied, "Well, Papaw, I was fishin' with Dad, and some lady runned me over, I flew into a mud puddle, and broke my fishin' pole and I didn't get to catch no fish!"
As it turned out, the impact propelled Mikey about 500 feet, over a few trees and an embankment and in the middle of a mud puddle. His only injuries were to his right femur bone which had broken in two places. Mikey had surgery to place pins in his leg. Otherwise the boy is fine. Since all the boy could talk about was that his fishing pole was broken, the Sheriff went out to Wal-mart and bought him a new one while he was in surgery so he could have it when he came out.
The next day the Sheriff sat with Mikey to keep him company in the hospital. Mikey was enjoying his new fishing pole and talked about when he could go fishing again as he cast into the trash can.
When they were alone, Mikey, just a matter-of-fact, said, Papaw, did you know Jesus is real?"
"Well," the Sheriff replied, a little startled. "Yes, Jesus is real to all who believe in him and love him in their hearts."
"No," said Mikey. "I mean Jesus is REALLY real."
"What do you mean?" asked the Sheriff.
"I know he's real 'cause I saw him." said Mikey, still casting into the trash can.
"You did?" said the Sheriff.
"Yep," said Mikey. "When that lady runned me over and broke my fishing pole, Jesus caught me in his arms and laid me down in the mud puddle."
GIVES YOU GLORY BUMPS DOESN'T IT! GOD WILL DO THE REST.
I asked the Lord to bless you,As I prayed for you today
Pass this to at least 10 people you want God to bless and don't forget to send it back to the one who asked God to bless you
In Christ Jesus
So much of what gets forwarded online lcaimes to be true, when they are merely stories designed to inspire and enlighten. This one is relatively rare in the realm of chain letters because of the amount of detail it contains - details that can be verified.
Nobody seems to know exactly who authored the piece above or when and it is most frequently attributed to "Author Unknown." I found more than a hundred sites that post the story exactly as it appears above.
Yet, Pat Munsey, of The Kokomo Perspective, told BreakTheChain.org that the story of Sheriff Marr's Grandson is mostly true:
"Having known [Marr] personally for six years, I know that the incident did take place - and that Mikeyís assertion of seeing Jesus was made. It took place in the spring of 1999.
"The driver did lose control of the car while trying to change the radio. However, the car didnít actually leave the road. It hit Mikey while on a bridge. Also, Mikey didnít travel 500 feet laterally. Part of that distance was falling from the bridge.
"Mikey made a full recovery. He and his grandpa practiced fishing with the new pole while in the hospital - using a bucket of water as the 'lake.'"
The prayer conclusion and instruction to forward it on have been added as it circulates. Ironically, in a recent poll, BreakTheChain.org readers ranked this type of chain letter the most annoying. That's enough for me to Break the Chain!