Missed Blessings

When the one you love and their family endure the ongoing challenges of quadriplegia, sometimes you wish someone could truly understand your corporate pain. In over three years since my sister’s accident, only a very few have including: very close family members, Elaine’s church family, Joni E. Tada, and ongoing faithful volunteer sitters.

Daily quadriplegia is not your usual malady. It is an ongoing battle waged for years. It is not remedied by a brief trip to a hospital or funeral home. It is a grueling life of suffering both for the disabled person and the family.

I have even found some ministers being unable to truly empathize with such suffering. I realize unless you have been there it may be hard to comprehend; but I challenge people to simply offer encouraging support to hurting people around you. My same challenge goes out to extended family members and acquaintances as well. Just try to put yourself in the place of the paralyzed one along with his/her family. In doing so, God may put a visit or a call to the afflicted upon your heart unless it has been hardened by unnecessary busyness.

I am so grateful for those who have responded to Elaine with the ministry of presence. The missed opportunities of some family and friends refusing to do the same have robbed her and them of promised blessings. How sad! Jesus commanded to help hurting people: “As you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me (Matthew 25:40). His commands to His children really are not burdensome.

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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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