When Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest on the field during a match up on Jan. 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, folks all over the globe decided to make an appeal to God for his health and life, sending up heartfelt prayers, which is usually an act that is derided by the vast majority in our culture today because faith and belief in an all-powerful Creator is at an all-time low.
Thankfully, God is merciful and preserved the life of Hamlin as he recovered in the hospital and has since been released to go home. Miracles really do happen, folks. Every single day. We just often overlook them because they tend to take place through the ordinary, mundane parts of life. But nothing about this situation is mundane. God showed up in a big way and it caught the attention of fellow Bills player, quarterback Josh Allen, who said that he had a “spiritual awakening” in the locker room and in his own heart since the incident unfolded.
“Allen, 26, makes a regular appearance with NFL Network co-host Kyle Brandt on the podcast ‘Kyle Brandt’s Basement,’ and on the Jan. 10 episode, the two discussed Hamlin’s continued recovery and God’s role in it,” TheBlaze reported.
“I said this in my press conference the other day,” Allen went on to tell Brandt during the show, “[There was] just kind of a spiritual awakening really for me and … for a lot of other people that maybe didn’t have the strongest belief or wasn’t one of the biggest, strongest Christian followers.”
“The ‘spiritual awakening’ is not surprising considering the severity of Hamlin’s medical crisis. Not only did first responders and training staff perform CPR on Hamlin right there on the field, but his uncle Dorrian Glenn later reported that Hamlin had to be resuscitated twice in the minutes and hours that followed his collapse. But despite the precariousness of his health that night, Hamlin has since made a remarkable recovery. He was discharged from the hospital within a week and is now recuperating in Buffalo,” TheBlaze report continued.
“I’ll be the first to admit, like, I haven’t been the most devoted Christ follower in my life,” Allen went on to confess to Brandt. “I’ve had my different beliefs and thoughts and ideas and stuff like that, but something got ahold of me there, and it was extremely powerful that, you know, I couldn’t deny it.”
God is real. The radical left might try to convince everyone otherwise, but that’s because they do not want to try and compete with the All-Powerful Creator of the universe for worship, devotion, and loyalty, all of which they crave. Yes, the progressives want to not only be worshiped, but, like many purveyors of the prosperity gospel, desire to milk their acolytes of all their money and power, keeping it for themselves and eventually lording it over their subjects.
“The two men then discussed an event that occurred at the Bills’ next game, an event that Brandt described as ‘some sort of miracle.’ The Sunday after Hamlin’s collapse, the Bills took the field to play against the New England Patriots for their final regular-season game. On the opening kickoff, Bills kick returner Nyheim Hines ran the ball back 96 yards for a touchdown. While the play itself was worth celebrating, fans were quick to note that it occurred exactly three years and three months after Hamlin, who wears No. 3, made the team’s last kickoff return for a touchdown,” the report added.
Allen later told reporters, when talking about Hines’ touchdown, “I was just going around to my teammates saying, ‘God’s real.’ You can’t draw that one up, write that one up any better.”
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Allen then talked about how he grew up in the Methodist denomination growing up in Firebaugh, California, and was a regular attender of church, along with his family. However, as he got older, he stopped making practicing his faith a high priority in his life.
“It’s been so long since I’ve actually been to church. I went this last offseason one or two times, but not as much as maybe I should,” Allen said during the interview.
Allen discussed how the collapse of Hamlin on the field that day, along with his miraculous recovery, might have stirred quite a few hearts to come back to church and make their faith a priority.
“I think this conversation that we’re having right now, we’ve had all these conversations in our locker room,” the quarterback remarked. “It’s been really cool to see how guys have been moved and touched by this whole instance and situation and to see the country come together in support for Damar and maybe having those talks.”
Another really cool thing that happened during this ordeal was seeing football analyst Dan Orlovsky, who described himself as a “follower of Jesus,” spontaneously went into a prayer for Hamlin during a live television broadcast on the very liberal ESPN network. His fellow panelist even joined him in his prayer, which was just awesome.
God says in the book of Romans that He uses all things for good for those who love Him. Let’s hope that those who might have fallen away from the church are brought back into the fold through this ordeal and pray those who never knew Him have their eyes opened to the power of the King of Kings.
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