Grief & Loss

The Miracle on Maui: A Stranger’s Encounter with a Dying Boy Leads to Redemption and Transformation

Jonathon M. Seidl

March 13, 2024 | 1 minute read

The short version goes something like this…

A man goes to Hawaii to attend his friend’s wedding. He’s a big golfer so he brings his clubs along. That man, though, is an alcoholic. He gets so drunk daily that he never hits a golf ball. In fact, there are several moments from the trip he’ll never recall. 

In the wee hours of one of his last days on the island, he remembers a deep desire he has always had: to see the sun rise over the ocean from the beach. Still drunk from the night before, he grabs a bottle of vodka, puts it in his back pocket, and walks down to the sandy shore. 

As the sun peeks above the waves, and in between pulls of his vodka, he notices a boy down the beach. The boy is fishing as his mom watches. Something about the boy draws the man in. Filled with liquid courage, he approaches the boy’s mother and asks what’s going on. She explains that the young boy is dying of cancer and they are on his Make-A-Wish trip. He always wanted to fish on the beach, so that’s what they’re doing. 

That boy is Ethan Hallmark, and what happens next is a miracle worth telling.

Read the rest of this incredible story of transformation on FAITHWIRE.

Jonathon M. Seidl

Jonathon M. Seidl

Jonathon M. (Jon) Seidl is a writer, speaker, and digital media strategist. He’s the author of the #1 bestseller, Finding Rest: A Survivor’s Guide to Navigating the Valleys of Anxiety, Faith, and Life.

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