The Miracle of God’s Rock Christmas “2004”


Pick up a rock what do you see
You hold a miracle God’s gift indeed
It can be so simple if you just believe
Or use your will and give it a squeeze
Now open your hand and you will see
You can’t make sand out of me
So count your blessings
One, two, and three
They will never end
When you follow
Patrick Cagley © 2004

This is the Verse my Brother Pat Wrote that became part of God’s Miracle Christmas “2004” while my husband Bob was in critical condition in ICU. We bagged this verse up with a polished rock in small plastic bags and handed them out in ICU in Iowa City at the University Hospital that Christmas of “2004.” We did well over a thousand of them. Everyone that came to visit helped bag God’s Rock during that time.

My sister-in-law Justine, my niece Rachael and Patrick my brother, and I were there through it all. I remember my nephew Luke and my sister-in-law Susie came to visit and Luke jumped right in to bag God’s Rock. We had plenty of bags and printed slips of God’s Rocks, but we had run out of the polished rocks we had bought to use. So, everyone went outside for fresh air and when they came back my nephew Luke started emptying his pockets. He kept taking rocks out of his huge trench coat. I smiled at him and said where did you find all of those? He replied, “Outside.” My brother Pat said, “I don’t know where he found those! I haven’t seen any rocks out there laying around anywhere.” I just smiled and continued to bag up the rocks.

You cannot imagine the good feeling it gave not only us but also all that took one and read it and took hope from it. Families were taking the rocks and taping them in their loved ones’ rooms. There was a guy one day that looked like a truck driver with his long gray beard, he stood tall and lanky as he spoke to us in a deep voice and we asked him, “Did you get one of God’s Rocks?” He patted his pocket smiled and said, “Nothing had happened for them in days in the ICU. He said, “when I took that rock into my uncle’s room, I started singing a familiar song to him and he started to sing with me. That was the first signs of life we had seen from him in days.”  We knew then that God had given us another Miracle in ICU. The Guy told us he believed it was the rock that caused this change. We told him it was the belief behind God’s Rock not the rock itself. The rock is so small and yet so huge! God’s Rock Indeed did work miracles in those days! This is the belief we all stood on in all those days in ICU!

This is just one of my Testimonies of Faith in those long days in Iowa City where my husband Bob was fighting for his life. 

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Eva Marie Cagley
Eva Marie Cagley
Eva Marie Ann Cagley was born in 1958 to Frank and Priscilla Cagley. Having been raised in Waterloo Iowa, U.S. She spent most of my time working with teenagers as a counselor. Working with teenagers gave her great joy, having had none of her own… She came from a large family having nine children. She has always had a passion for writing and believes it is a gift from God… There's little else to say about her as her writing reflects whom she is. Her beliefs, perspectives, trials, tribulations hope and despair, dreams of all her lives’ journeys…She currently has five poetry books published and a Miracle story. Her poetry and essays can be found on various ezines and blogs. Her poetry books can be found on Amazon and Lulu. Book titles: “In the Garden of My Mind,” “Dancing in Heaven,” “The Airwaves of My Soul,” “Where Poets Dream,” I Shall Always Think of You,” “God's Miracle Story.” Her personal web page is She is included in the book “To Be or Not to Be A Writer” by, Sweetycat press publications. Available on Amazon. Who's Who of Emerging Writers 2021 published by Sweetycat press. Also available on Amazon. The Beacon Ezine, (Poetry). Spillwords (Poetry) Honor of Socialite of the year 2021. The Academy of the Heart and Mind, (Poetry and essay). Wink Writers in The Know Magazine & Blog (Essay and poetry). Journey of the Heart, (Poetry). Wildfire Publications LLC, Inc. (Poetry and article). Grey Thoughts, (Essays, Poetry). The New Zealand Blog (Articles and poetry). She has also been included in numerous anthologies. You can find the links to all her published works on She currently writes articles for Wildfire Publications LLC Magazine and every two weeks for the New Zealand Dream Blog. She has always had a desire to write and takes her work seriously. She has just recently become aggressive by submitting her work. She is pleased with her success!