Perhaps every parent’s worst nightmare is the thought of somehow killing their child.
Former Arkansas Razorback and Cleveland Browns star Peyton Hillis was willing to give his life for the sake of his children on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and there’s no doubt that he almost did, according to TMZ.
A prayer request for Peyton’s recovery was made public by his uncle, Greg Hillis, on his Facebook account, and KNWA-TV reporter Alyssa Orange picked it up on her Twitter account.
Peyton Hillis’ uncle posted this on Facebook and @OtisKirk23 brought to my attention. #WPS pic.twitter.com/jYRvQPGAXF
— Alyssa Orange (@AlyssaOrange) January 6, 2023
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Since that request went out, it seems that God is definitely moving.
Peyton’s girlfriend, Angela Cole, posted on her Instagram account that Peyton had been taken off the ventilator.
“A hero. So proud of this man and incredibly grateful to the family and this incredible hospital. Peyton is off the ventilator and on the road to recovery. Continue to pray that he still has a ways ahead of him, but thank you for all your prayers and love and support thus far. It really makes all the difference. Today was a good day,” he wrote.
“Congratulations and get well soon Mr. Hillis,” wrote Fred Hillis in response to his post. “…from one Hillis to another, [get] Good!!!”
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“A real life American hero,” Ianto wrote.
“I am praying so much for you two! Love you…” Sheri.davis wrote.
Robert Griffin III, a former Cleveland Browns football player and now ESPN football commentator, also commented on his Twitter page.
Peyton Hillis is a dang superhero. He risked his life for his family and saved his children from drowning in the ocean. Glad to hear that he is on the road to recovery after being in a critical condition.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 6, 2023
“Peyton Hillis is a dang superhero. He risked his life for his family and saved his children from drowning in the ocean. Glad to hear he is on the road to recovery after being in critical condition,” he wrote on January 6.
There is power in prayer! Peyton Hillis is off the ventilator and doing well in his recovery. A wonderful job by the medical professionals who care for them. https://t.co/nb6lx33tfw
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 12, 2023
“There is power in prayer! Peyton Hillis is off the ventilator and doing well in his recovery. The medical professionals did an amazing job taking care of him,” Griffin wrote Thursday.
It is really exciting to see how various football stars and leaders are using their public platforms to speak about their faith and testify that they are still very active today through the prayers of their people.
We hope that the bold trend will continue and that it will inspire and encourage Christians who follow them to talk about how God is active and moving through their prayers, having a ripple effect about the truth that there is power. Continues in prayer.
More importantly, and certainly not to be missed, it is a real-life example of a father giving his own life for the sake of his children.
The question begs to be asked, if an imperfect earthly father could do this, how much more willing would a perfect heavenly father be to protect his children from eternal separation from him?
This article was originally published in The Western Journal.