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Playing God

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Published: May 04, 2005

Playing God

May 5, 2005

Amazing things can happen when people don't play God and they allow God to play himself.

A former Buffalo, New York firefighter, who suffered brain damage while rescuing people from a burning building in 1995 and has been silent and nearly blind since then has miraculously recovered.

Donald Herbert, now 44, suddenly communicated with family and friends last Saturday and wanted to know the date.

He thought he had been out of touch for just three months.

When he was told it had been nearly ten years, he responded, "holy cow."

One thinks of other comatose patients or those in what some in the media have called "a persistent vegetative state."

That's what they called Terri Schiavo before starving her to death.

In a life-affirming society, sometimes life wins out.

In a culture of death, the focus is placed on termination, not affirmation.

The story of Buffalo firefighter Donald Herbert is a lesson for all who would pay attention.

Leave life in God's hands.

He knows what he's doing and he is the one who gives life and takes it away.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

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Playing God