|Jared Watkins with daughters Kayleigh and Allyson|
We prayed and tried to give support to my sister and BIL and to Jared's siblings in the best way we could. People from so many places prayed with us and for us. The days seemed to be never-ending. Then, miraculously, Jared opened his eyes one day. Not long afterwards, he began to talk. He wasn't the same Jared who entered the coma, he was more the Jared from many years prior. He was child-like and couldn't remember several years of his more recent life.
Gradually, his memory returned and his body regained strength. He was discharged home and began his life again. I wish I could say there was some sort of great epiphany that changed his life completely after that, but it didn't happen that way. He returned to many of the same activities that had landed him in the coma. However, he was spared and for that we are eternally grateful. Like many people, Jared is a rebel to his core. He now has two beautiful daughters who adore him and whom he loves most dearly.
Thank you, precious Father, for allowing us to have Jared for these added ten years. He has a good heart and honorable dreams. Unfortunately, he hasn't yet learned that the answer to his questions lie in You and the source of his dreams should lie in You. Thank you for dealing so tenderly with his heart. I earnestly pray he will someday see You for who You really are and see the love You have for him and submit his will to Your Will.
I love you Jared, with my whole heart. I am so thankful to have you still be with us so we can tell you how much we love you, hear your voice, the sound of your laughter and even the frustration and anger that so often erupts from within you. You are a workmanship of the Lord, still in progress. I am eager to see what He will reveal in you in His time.