So. Eight years ago my son Connor was given a massive burden to carry when he was injured in a swimming accident. This anniversary is the hardest for us each year, but we always acknowledge it because it signifies another year of life gifted to us with our boy. We could easily have sent him on to glory on that day, and so we recognize the blessing we continue to have in him. We also continue to learn daily that this "accident" was actually completely under the control and in ...the hands of a loving, compassionate God who desires greatly that we become more and more like His son, Jesus Christ. As the scripture says -
“that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.”
He creates calamity. Meaning that my boy's situation was wrought by His hand. It wasn't an accident; it was on purpose. A purpose that took me years to even begin to grasp - that this is a method we had to go through in order to make us more into Christ's image. Because God will do whatever it takes, even things we think are bad, to draw us to Him.
I remind myself often that this is according to His will, and His purpose, with this quote from Samuel Rutherford -
"Why should I tremble at the plough of my Lord, that maketh deep furrows on my soul? I know He is no idle husbandman, He purposeth a crop."
So as we remember and acknowledge this anniversary, we can rejoice together that it was not some whim of idle Fate that brought us here, nor a random chance or bad luck - we stand in this place by His loving hand, and so can with confidence look forward in faith and hope to His redemption - from this situation as well as from this world. We are truly blessed in many ways. Today we remember one in particular, that He loves us so much that not only did He give us His son, He also gave us ours. Praise Him.
I don't complain a lot or even feel like I should ask for prayer often, but today I'm having a tough day. I consider myself a pretty tough guy, but my shoulder has been in mass amounts of pain today as a result of my original accident. [I tore my rotator cuff and that causes my shoulder to dislocate] I can't shake it. I've taken Advil, Percocet, used ice, and even had shots of alcohol. Nothing has taken it away or even really touched the pain at all. If y'all could be in prayer about it, I'd appreciate it greatly.
I love you all, and thank you in advance,
- So, I'm beginning the process of getting a new wheelchair and would really love to have y'all praying about it. It's stressful and exciting all wrapped together! I've had mine since my accident, and change in anyway is always hard and nerve racking in my situation. If y'all could pray that I make the right decisions when it comes to picking what type of chair/brand, that would be awesome. There are SO many things to think through and to pick from, so I need to be smart and think through all my options. It's all important because it's a long process and one I only get to make every five years, evidently. So I need to get it right. I'm very blessed and excited to get the ball rolling, but I'm also nervous. Your prayers would be appreciated!
Thank you, friends.
Well, it's been over a year since last I wrote. Sixteen months that were far from empty, yet I could find nothing to write. I'm sorry. There really isn't anyone to blame but myself for that, so I'll just explain instead of try to make some sort of excuse.
I've had my back to God.
For over seven years I've watched our son deal with what anyone would describe as a horrific situation. I've prayed, I've believed, I've struggled, I've hoped. I've given up, I've hoped again. I've f...
Yesterday marked seven years post-injury for Connor. Thank you for remembering him in your thoughts and prayers. Anniversaries can be tough days. Praise be to God for strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!
This fundraiser was started today by Connor's sister! She's such a blessing to him! If you're able to help, you would personally bless him, as well! Please feel free to share the link!
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- Today I'm thankful first for the family God has blessed me with, and second for each of you who have stuck by my side each day of my journey. This has not been the easiest or trials in my life, but it has been made as good as it could possibly be with y'all believing with me. This wheelchair is not the end of my road, and until the day I'm standing next to it, I refuse to let it hold me down. I love you all. Thank you.
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