"Good Timing, Goose May Have Saved Teen's Life"
(written by: Sara Gandy updated by: Nelson Garcia)

7-25-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #549
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Minister Angus Bowen

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Story of the Week
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“Good Timing, Goose May Have Saved Teen's Life”
(written by: Sara Gandy updated by: Nelson Garcia)

GOLDEN - Timing can be everything. In the case of a rescue on Clear Creek on Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy is lucky a lost bird delayed the man who pulled him to safety.

"Just feel really lucky right now," said Ryan Evans, the teen who was pulled from the water.

Matthew Mulica, a Denver Water employee, was tubing down Clear Creek Tuesday night when he saw a boy's body floating, face-down in the water.

"I grabbed him right there and then we kind of tumbled through the rapids together," said Mulica, a 29-year-old Golden resident.

Mulica got Evans to shore and started administering CPR.

"His face has been seared in my memory with his eyes rolled back, his skin gray and pale, no pulse, no breathing," Mulica said. "I haven't been able to sleep at night."

Evans says he was trying to cross Clear Creek when he slipped and hit his head on a rock. His brother and friends could not get to him.

"And the current was so heavy, it pulled me down," Evans said. "All I could see is like pictures of my family in my mind and then I kinda felt myself dying."

Golden Fire Department paramedics arrived a short time later and helped revive the boy until he got to the hospital. Fire Chief John Bales awarded Mulica with the Distinguished Citizen Award for his actions.

Mulica says he never would've been there if he hadn't been delayed earlier. He spotted a gosling separated from its mother by a fence on creek banks. He stopped and helped reunite the geese before continuing down the river.

"I saved the goose and it was amazing the way the timing worked out," Mulica said. "All that time added up, it was just impeccable timing that I was coming down here."

Mulica works as a water resource scientist with Denver Water. He is an avid tuber who has had some medical training as a part-time ski instructor and guide for rock climbing and rafting.

Evans says this whole experience has given him new perspective.

"It's gonna definitely like make me want to make a change in my life," Evans said.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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When a prayer is apparently unanswered, the delay often betokens a better answer, although one which is for some good reason greatly delayed.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-168 Section-4)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Things always work out so well when I trust Your Timing.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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