Lunch-Break Miracles
By Diana Aydin

An Unlikely Place for Love

One of the most wondrous things about love? It often finds you when you least expect it and in the most unlikely of places. Like say, for instance, a long-term-care hospital.

Margaret “Muffi” Lavigne is a patient at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut. At age 7, she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, a progressive disease affecting the musculoskeletal system, and can now no longer walk. Margaret always wanted to find true love, though it certainly didn’t seem likely within the stark walls of the hospital.

“Everybody wants ‘the one,’ ” she told The New York Times. “I did not expect to find it here of all places.”

And then one of the nurses let Margaret in on a little secret. The patient in the next room over had a crush on her. His name was Chris Plum and he too was suffering from muscular dystrophy and couldn’t walk. Chris was a true gentleman. When he finally asked her out, though, Margaret had her doubts.

“He said to me, he’s like, ‘Can I talk to you? I was wondering if maybe you’d like to go out,’ ” Margaret recalled. “And I’m going, How are we gonna do this? But I went, ‘Sure, OK, why not give it a shot?’ ”  

And so their courtship began. The two fell in love and were eventually married on the grounds of the hospital. Their love story is now the subject of The New York Times documentary Good Night, Margaret.

It’s really a video worth watching. Proof of the miraculous power of love, which flourishes even when all hope appears to be lost. If only, like Margaret, we take a leap of faith and “give it a shot.”

“I’ve had people ask me, ‘Do you ever wish you could walk again or not have the disease?’” Margaret said. “If I’ve got Chris? I’d take it.”

Have you ever found love in an unusual, unlikely or unexpected place? Share your story below.

Diana Aydin is an associate editor for Mysterious Ways magazine. When she was just a little kid, she got her first dose of the miraculous. She’s been on the lookout for miracles ever since. Her favorite time of the day is lunch time, when she gets to step away from the workaday world and enjoy a bit of God’s wonder, if only for an hour!

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What a sweet story, very happy they found each other. And Margaret's short haircut is cute! :)

Agree about the haircut! :)

My grandmother was a secretary of a small church near Yosemite. When their youth group was going on a short term mission trip to Mexico, she asked if I wanted to join them. I was a freshman. John, who was a senior and already signed on for a four year hitch in the Marines went on the trip as well.The following year I saw John when I went to my grandmothers for part of the summer. He was on leave and we exchanged addresses. We wrote off and on over the next several years, eventually losing contact.
One day a mutual friend called,saying he was coming up for dinner and bringing a friend who had started working for him. He asked if I remembered John Seither. We loved catching up, I had become engaged to someone I had dated for about a year and he had gotten out of the Marines and started working. When they left that evening I knew that God had a better plan for my life than the one I had settled for, I broke off my engagement and wrote John a letter, not knowing if he would get it. I told him it was great to see him.
Meanwhile, John had been dealing with things in his life. He woke up after a night of drinking, stuck in a snowbank and decided to rededicate his life to the Lord. He drove to our friend's parents home to call his pastor and when he walked in the door, our friend's mom handed him an envelope.."Here, this came in the mail for you about three weeks ago."
It was the letter from me.

We set up a day for him to make the 2 hour drive and have dinner at our house. To make a long story short...we were married 6 months after that day and this Sunday marks our 29th anniversary. Sometimes God helps us find love in unusual places, but when we commit to loving Him first, love is made perfect and lasting.

Marci, this is such a great story!! Absolutely love how God got the timing just right (as usual)!
A very happy anniversary to you and John, Marci!