The following day, the family holds a larger memorial service at the church. Denver speaks, sharing his own life story, the love that Deborah showed him, and the powerful impact she had on the lives of the homeless in Fort Worth. When he is finished, Denver receives a standing ovation. Ron recalls, “The entire congregation stood and applause thundered through the church. For nineteen months we had prayed for and expected a miracle. Suddenly I realized I was staring one right in the face.”
Ron’s realization that they have received their miracle in Denver’s transformation does not negate the pain of Deborah’s loss, but once again offers meaning and significance in its midst, demonstrating the function of Christian faith to offer meaning in the midst of tragedy and make sense of loss.