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Updated: Oct 14, 2021

Rev. Dr. Nicholas "Nick" Marica is a 69 year old pastor who was diagnosed with Covid-19 and Diabetes on Christmas Day, 2020. He spent the next 6 months in three different hospitals. This blog tells the story of the struggles that he and his family endured.

God works in miraculous and mysterious ways. God gave me opportunities to witness and to plant seeds in ways I would have never otherwise gotten. There were opportunities to counsel hurting people and I took great satisfaction in those. God used me in mighty ways that I never would have anticipated. Our marriage is stronger than ever as we walked through this crisis together. We both grew during this time. We learned that God will put us in very difficult positions to test us. We find that our faith is stronger than ever. I am left with diabetes and kidney issues that require me to go to dialysis three times a week and four hours at each visit. I find I have PTSD. I find myself crying for no reason. I have some insomnia but it's not bad.

God will heal me of all these infirmities. Kathy and I are supremely confident of that. If He chooses to leave me with one or more of my infirmities it doesn't matter. I will continue to pursue my intimate relationship with Jesus to the fullest extent. that I possibly can My wound is almost completely healed after 8 months. I chose to see my time in the hospitals as a time for solitude and contemplation. I chose to get busy living and not busy dying. I chose to live day by day and keep active as best I could and leave the rest to Jesus.


Rev. Dr. N. Patrick Marica contributes incisive Christian commentary on this blog on a regular basis. He is the Vice-Chancellor of Amherst Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from Amherst Theological Seminary. He has his MA from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of the book: "The Walk Applied". He has also written "The Fasting and Prayer Handbook" He is the Director of Godly Training Ministries. He has been married to Kathy since 1985. They have 2 adult daughters and an extraordinary son-in-law.

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