A few years ago, our high school put on the most beautiful production of the Sound of Music.  Since it’s my all time favorite movie, you can only imagine how delighted I was to go and see the play.  Quite a few of our Youth Group students were a part of the production and we were so proud of all of them and the hard work that they put in.


At the intermission, we got to catch up with this amazing guy.  He was an instrumental part of the Pit that year and did an incredible job heading up the percussion portion of the play.  I remember complimenting him specifically on his Timpani work.  Since I’ve watched the movie a hundred times, I knew how important that Timpani part was and Michael did an outstanding job.


With much thanks to a wonderful man named Fabio Stanzini, I’m so happy to get to share a few more pictures of Michael showing off his multifaceted percussion skills.  In one of those “small world” moments, Fabio told me that he had actually gone to High School with Sally and reconnected with her later when his family moved to Eastport.  He also happens to be the father of one of our Youth Group students as well.  Fabio sent me a wonderful email a few weeks ago, and included some great pictures of Michael that he had taken at the Pops concert last June.


I was so thankful that he did.  Michael was such a talented drummer and percussionist.


And for a few years, he played the drums for our church service every Sunday morning.  I don’t ever think that he was much of a morning person, but we knew that each Sunday, he would be there bright and early to practice before our 9:30am service.  His musical talents were a huge blessing to our church and we are so thankful that he was willing to share his gift with us each week.


We had a really nice visit with Michael today.  We hadn’t seen him since Saturday and as I mentioned, he had quite a few storming episodes during our last few visits.  I said a quick prayer as we walked into the hospital that we would have a good visit and that maybe Michael wouldn’t be storming quite as much.  And I was delighted when we walked into his room to see that he was doing quite well.  He was sitting up in his “chair” (he has a cool supportive chair that he uses at times) and he was wearing his new glasses (his old ones were ruined in his accident so he’s been without them).

What was most exciting, was getting to see his eyes open again as we visited.  Of course it’s depended on the timing of our visits, but it’s been awhile since we’ve gotten to see this.  It was so nice to talk to him and to see his awesome eyes again.  He even showed us the new ways that he is starting to move his mouth and more of his facial muscles.

At the end of our visit, Jeremy and I stopped to pray with Michael.  I held onto his right hand and while Jeremy was praying, he moved his left hand over so that both hands seemed like they were holding mine.  It was a pretty powerful and awesome moment.

If you look in the Bible there are so many times that it talks about hands, and specifically God’s hands.  I debated on what verse to share tonight.  There were so many verses that talked about God’s hands and how they created our beautiful world (Psalm 19:1, Isaiah 48:13).  There were other verses  that reminded us that our times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15).  But after talking to Sally, who reminded me of how much God’s had His hands in Michael’s life all through this journey, I came to Psalm 92:4.  I was so joyful walking out of the hospital and so thankful for God’s continued work in Michael’s recovery.  It’s incredible to think that God works wonderful things into our lives.  The God who created everything cares enough about us to care for us.


Tonight, we can all sing for joy at the works that God has done with His hands.

Continued prayer for Michael would include gratitude for all that he has come through.  Again, it seems that as soon as he is ready, he will have a surgery to place the shunt and then as long as everything goes well, he will be headed out to rehab shortly after that.  So these are great things that we can pray ahead for, knowing that God will indeed continue to do great things in Michael’s life.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.


  1. Hi Laura!

    My name is Jessica. If you could please email me I had a quick question for you!

    Thank you so much,

    Jessica Larkin

  2. This is such great news .. Thank you for sharing ..this is the only way we know what is going on …I look for it every day. We continue praying for Michael and his family !🙏

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