September 16, 2013

The Story of Lazarus for JF's 3rd Birthday

Today James Fulton turns 3 years old. Three years ago today he was born lifeless and remained without a pulse for 61 minutes. Three years ago we began asking for Venerable Fulton Sheen's intercession for a miracle. Three years ago today God raised my son from the dead.

I know many of my readers have been with me since that day three years ago and I want to thank you so much for praying for James. I truly believe that our prayers were answered and we have witnessed a miracle of biblical proportions.

I know that God gave me all my children, but He gave me James twice and I am very grateful.

The family and friends of James sent word to Jesus, saying, “Master, the one You love is ill.” When Jesus heard this He said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Travis and his wife and James. So when He heard that he was ill, He remained for 61 minutes in the place where He was. Then after this He said to Archbishop Sheen, St. James, St. Linus, and His blessed mother, "Let us go back to the NICU.”

When Jesus arrived, He found that James had already been in the tomb for 61 minutes. When Travis and Bonnie heard that Jesus was coming, they went to meet Him; but others sat at home. They said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, our son would not have died. But even now we know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Jesus said to them, “Your son will rise.” They said, “We know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus told them, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

They said to him, “Yes, Lord. We have come to believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God,
the One who is coming into the world.”

When Jesus saw them weeping and the friends and family who had come with them weeping, He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Sir, come and see.”

And Jesus wept.

So everyone said, “See how He loved him.” But some of them said, “Could not the One who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this baby would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a crib, and it was surrounded by equipment. Jesus said, “Take away the equipment.” Bonnie, the dead boy’s mother, said to Him, “Lord, by now there will be severe injury; he had been dead for 61 minutes.”

Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the equipment. And Jesus raised His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You for hearing Me. I know that You always hear Me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” And when He had said this, He cried out in a loud voice, “James Fulton, come out!” The dead boy came out, tied hand and foot with wires and tubes and IVs, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the friends and family who had come to Travis and Bonnie and seen what He had done began to believe in Him.

Praised by Jesus Christ who makes all things new!


  1. Happy Birthday James! You are surely loved!

  2. This is incredibly beautiful, Bonnie; the story of Lazarus has always been one of my favorites. Praise God for James!

  3. This is lovely. Hard to believe it's been 3 years.

  4. Bonnie thank you for sharing your son's story! Happy birthday to him!

  5. Has it been three years?!? Happy birthday to James and all of you. Thank God!

  6. Bonnie, I have chills and tears and I think this is the most beautiful thing I've ever read. Praise Jesus for giving you James twice.

    1. Amen, amen. Simply beautiful, Bonnie. "Jesus wept." ...
      "Behold I make all things new" (Rev. 21:5)

  7. This is amazing! Tears and chills here too, amen. Beautiful telling, truth beyond words, how insightful to weave these miraculous tellings together. Praised be Jesus Christ, Now and Forever.

  8. Bonnie, this made me cry. Beautiful.

  9. I am a big blubbering mess. I haven't "known" you long enough to know this story, and the couple of times I tried to read James Fulton's birth/death/rebirth story, I just... Couldn't. Until tonight. I'm glad I now that I waited. Happy belated birthday, little guy. And to you, too, Bonnie.

  10. Happy birthday to your sweetheart.....I'm in tears of shock and awe for you all. what a story. I did not know you back then and am rdg the full story for the first time....amazing., Thanks for sharing. Just amazing, Bonnie.

  11. Me too. Touching.

  12. Praise God from whom all blessings flow...
    To God be the glory! Wow! Blessings to your family Bonnie

  13. So beautiful. God is good.

  14. I got goosebumps! And every time I am reminded of the story of how James came into the world, I am in awe of God's goodness. My continued prayers for you all!

  15. Please pray for my friend's son who was born healthy but heart stopped first night home. He is in a coma. A blog friend told me about your story & I'm going to pray to Fulton Sheen. Thank you!