On a windy Saturday in March, just before his four-year old daughter’s birthday party, Bruce finally went to the E.R. to get some strong painkillers. He was sure he had the flu and a pulled hamstring, while his wife thought it was another “man cold.”


The next morning, Lara stood in the Intensive Care Unit wondering what she was supposed to do. Her soul mate and father of their three little children lay in critical condition, in an induced coma and on life support — he was dying. Lara’s social media posts, meant to save time and keep friends informed, spread further than she ever expected. Eventually tens of thousands of people around the world united in prayer and support for one man’s life. While He Lay Dying is the extraordinary true story of one ordinary little family in an ordinary small city. Many fine books by many fine authors teach about thanksgiving, prayer, healing, community, faith and love.

This is more than a fine teaching. This is a demonstration.


About the Authors

Bruce and Lara Merz are an ordinary couple who drive a minivan, bandage knees, and go on and off diets from time to time. Bruce, formerly a pastor, spends much of his time presently as an educator and mathematics curriculum developer, yet still enjoys ministering and speaking here and there. He has a passion for seeing people exercise their God-given gifts and abilities in their everyday spheres of influence. Lara is a teacher and professional photographer who enjoys helping people see how beautiful they truly are, inside and out. She is a gifted communicator and loves to testify of the goodness of God. Together they are raising three small children and are active participants in their local church community in Lethbridge, Alberta.


March 31, 2013 – Easter Sunday (Bruce opens eyes)

May 19, 2013 – Bruce and Lara Surprise Church Visit

May 26, 2013 – Bruce Speaks At Church

May 15, 2015 – +Todd Atkinson on Hope Deferred Part I

May 16, 2015 – +Todd Atkinson on Hope Deferred Part II

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