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19-Year-Old Survives Being Frozen but is 'Disappointed'

In late December of 1980, something of a miracle occurred in Lengby, MN. A man named Wally Nelson awoke to find the body of a 19-year-old girl named Jean Hilliard frozen "solid as a log" on his doorstep, where she had apparently sat for six full hours outdoors in 22 below Fahrenheit temperatures. He brought her to the hospital, where, to everyone's disbelief she was revived, with no more damage than a few blistered toes.

Hilliard became an instant celebrity. She toured local churches. Talk shows flew her to New York City to tell her story: The miracle girl from Lengby, Minnesota. She was even on the "Today Show" where Tom Brokaw interviewed her. But once the attention died down, Hilliard said the experience didn't really change the trajectory of her life. Almost everyone she knew told her she was saved by a miracle. So she said she kept waiting for something dramatic to happen. But her life's been normal.

She got married, had kids, and moved to a mid-sized town in central Minnesota where she works at Walmart. Things might have turned out differently Hilliard said, if she remembered the six hours she spent frozen in Nelson's yard. If she'd seen anything dramatic. "It's like I fell asleep and woke up in the hospital," she said. "I didn't see the light or anything like that. It was kind of disappointing. So many people talk about that, and I didn't get anything."

Possible Preaching Angles: Contentment; Fulfillment; Happiness; Joy; Miracles;—It's an understandable thing to say, but what if the miracle was enough? What if living a normal life with ordinary kids in a regular town and working at Walmart is the reason for the miracle? What if we could all find the presence of Christ and the glory of God right where we live?

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