From Pity to Prayer

While walking through a department store entertaining thoughts of hosting my own pity party, I viewed a stark sight.  I viewed a relatively young man trembling in a wheelchair struggling to guide himself. His obvious presence, as other customers quickly passed him by, suddenly interrupted my “introspective” thoughts.

Seeing him alone as he struggled unsuccessfully to push himself down the long aisle, I walked over and asked if I could help him. I saw his intense struggle to even answer me only making unintelligible sounds, barely indicating no need for help. Minutes later I spied a patient, older lady, perhaps a family member, at his side assisting him.

In seeing that man, I thanked God for my ability to be able to even drive to a store and freely walk its aisles. I disengaged, at least for that moment, from my self-pity.

Even before Elaine’s accident, I became somewhat sad in seeing physically challenged people in public places. Now having personally witnessed, firsthand, my disabled sister’s challenges, I can easily ‘tear up’ viewing handicapped people in public. I not only hurt for the person but also for the family behind the chair.

The next time you see a disabled person in public, thank God for His personal life blessings; then please pray for the person as well as the family represented by that wheelchair.


About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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