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A Motorcycle Witness
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I was on my way home late one afternoon when out of the corner of my eye I saw a man ride past me on his motorcycle. My husband and I are members of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA), so I took more than a glance when I saw that he was riding an antique Harley Davidson. Wow, what a nice bike!

A few moments later I pulled up to an accident scene. The biker was sprawled on the sidewalk in front of Dunkin’ Donuts, and the twisted metal of his Harley was crumpled on the sidewalk. My heart was pounding! I pulled into the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. Bikers take care of their own, and here was one of my biker brothers, critically wounded. He wasn’t moving.

Soon the police, paramedics, and fireman arrived. I watched helplessly as they cared for him. A friend of mine who saw the accident told me that the biker had flown over his handlebars like a rag doll, doing a triple somersault! His helmet was split in half, and the medics were cutting off his clothes.

The elderly gentleman who hit him said that he had been temporarily blinded by the sun. My heart went out to him too. He must feel awful, I thought.

I knew I had to do something and silently began praying for the biker: God, have compassion on this man! Don’t let him die! Save him!

There was blood on the sidewalk where the biker had landed, and he had a huge lump on his temple. My heart pounded as I waited to for the ambulance to leave.


I handed my CMA card with my name and address to one of the police officers. I told him I was a Christian from the CMA and asked if I could have the injured man’s name and phone number, promising that our chapter would pray for him. I was surprised that he obliged. I thanked him and left.

When I got home I noticed that I was shaking. I got on my computer and e-mailed an urgent request asking my other CMA members to join me in prayer. I asked God for a miracle of healing for this man.

I called the number I’d been given and left a message on the answering machine that the members of the CMA were praying for him. Two days later, I got a phone call from the injured biker’s mother. She was crying as she thanked me for praying for her eldest son. She told me that with his injuries he shouldn’t even be alive, but because of our prayers, the protrusion on his temple was totally gone the very next day and he was already home from the hospital. He has a slight fracture in his leg and a concussion, but God had indeed answered our prayers and had spared his life.

Three days later, a couple of our friends, my husband, and I rode our motorcycles over to meet the injured biker face to face. I could hardly believe he was the same man I had seen sprawled on the sidewalk. We had an opportunity to share our faith with him. We told him that God had spared his life and had a plan for his life.

My husband and I have also stayed in touch with the older gentleman who hit the biker. We invited him and his lady friend over for dinner and shared our faith with them. His lady friend began attending prayer meetings with me and invited Jesus into her life. God puts us in divine appointments. All He expects of us is to be obedient to His call to share the love of Jesus with those who are waiting to hear.

“Pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

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By Barbara Joy Hansen. Reprinted with permission from Signs of the Times, May 2008. Copyright © 2008 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.
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