Gene and Lee Cuzick were very close to John and Maude Brock. Gene and Maude were brother and sister. John and Lee were brother and sister. The Brocks had five children and the Cuzicks had 14. These double cousins were raised in Arkansas. The fifth child born to the Cuzicks was Harrison Ray. He joined the Army Air Corp when he was 17 and was a radio operator during World War II. Some months later he was in a plane shot down by the Germans. When he realized his plane was on fire, he started praying but saw no hope of getting out. He didn’t know how he got out and the next thing he remembered was being pushed down the street of a German city in a wheel barrow. He was now a prisoner of war and found out later that he was the only survivor of the firing.
Back home in the community called Morrow, word came to the Cuzick family that Harrison was missing in action. That’s all they knew. Missing. Their son was missing.
John, Maude, Gene, Lee and several of their children had just packed the Brocks’ pickup with camping supplies and were almost ready to head to Lee Creek near Natural Dam, Arkansas, for a three-day outing when word came.
Harrison’s mother, Lee, said, “Give me time to pray.” Children were crying when Mama headed to the tomato patch behind their country home and knelt under an old pine tree and prayed for maybe an hour. Neighbors and patrons at the store perhaps half a mile away heard her praying. When she returned to the house, she said that Harrison was alive and that they would see him again. She said that they could now take the children camping and they did. They spent three days at the camp site and Lee kept praying but said she knew that God had heard her prayer.
Harrison came home nine months later with only 86 pounds on his tall frame and missing some toes. He recovered, gained weight and lived to old age and would always affirm that God’s answer to prayer was why he made it safely home.
“The effectual fervent prayer…availeth much” (James 5:16).
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers….” (James 5:18)
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).
“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates” (Proverbs 31:31).