'It's a miracle'
Woman sees sign from above in cross that appears in evergreen
September 26, 2007GOODLAND TWP. — When Dawn DeSutter took a look at the Douglas fir tree that's been growing on their property for years, she didn't see a bunch of branches and needles, she saw a sign. And the sign told her that everything was going to be okay.
For some reason—a reason not so mysterious to Dawn—a cross appeared in the branches of the tree. Dawn knew the remarkable appearance was assurance that her husband—who'd just returned home from a month-long hospitalization—was going to be okay.
"I believe this cross appeared to us as a sign," Dawn says. "It is just a miracle."
Whether miracle or not, Dawn's husband Steve was very, very ill. The 57-year-old made an emergency trip to the hospital on Aug. 19 not certain of what was wrong. Diagnosed with a severe bacterial infection, Steve went through four surgeries and lost 29 pounds during his hospital stay.
While he appears to be in the clear right now, Dawn, 54, says the picture wasn't very optimistic last month.
"The doctor asked my husband if he realized how sick he was and my husband was saying 'yeah, sure,' and I'm thinking 'no he didn't,'" Dawn says. "The doctor reminded him that he only had a 20 percent chance of making it."
That's why Dawn was so moved by the appearance of the cross. Like her husband's recovery, she believes it is a miracle.
"It's very distinctive, a very definite cross about 16 inches long by about 12 inches across," she says. "All the other branches are short. This one's in the perfect shape of a cross."
The sight was so inspiring that Dawn shared it with members of her church—St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Imlay City—and Pastor Alan Casillas.
"I knew it was a sign so I took pictures in and asked Pastor Alan 'what do we do with this? Do we share this?" Dawn says. "And he said 'oh by all means, share this. Share this.'"
So that's what she's doing. Along with the Tri-City Times interview, Dawn's been visited by the Detroit Free Press.
Steve's condition continues to improve, although he is still under physician's care. He and Dawn have four grown children; Niki, 31; Mike, 29; K.C., 24; and Courtney, 20.