Monday, July 13, 2009

One thing I hate

I hate car accidents. And I hate bus accidents.

When I got to church yesterday, there was a small group of people just outside the entrance whispering and from what I could tell, it was about an accident. My heart said "move on." Surely it wasn't anybody I knew.

But when I walked into the service, I got the news. A church service I'll never forget.

Our church's youth group left yesterday morning to go to a camp in Georgia. Around Meridian, Mississippi, a tire blew, they flipped, and the 23 people on board all sustained injuries- and one of them lost their life.

A bus of National Guard including triage nurses had been right behind them and came upon the scene. They were able to move the bus upright (three of the passengers were pinned under the bus). Who knows what would have happened had they not been there.

So, one death, multiple injuries, and sweet Maggie Lee fighting for her life this morning. She's sustained a severe brain injury and needs surgery, but they have to get her intracranial pressure down first. She's in a coma. Maggie Lee is precious. Full of life. Loves my kids. Loves kids in general. Loves people in general. Loves dogs and accessories. I'm heartbroken for her parents.

But we have a great hope in a great big God who has already shown His power in so many ways.

Keep praying for my church and for Maggie Lee especially.

I hate car accidents. Hate them.

10 comments:

Lauren said...

My heart breaks for your church family and especially the families of these kids. I will be praying for them and trusting in our big God who works all things out for His good.

Carpoolqueen said...

I saw this last night and immediately thought of you. Know that I've been praying -

Kellie said...

Oh Candace, I am so sorry. Please keep us updated.

The Harrigan Family said...

I'm praying for your church, Maggie Lee, and you. Knowing that at every step you take the testimony of the Father comes out of you- that he is coming to make all things right and that he did not design this world to involve such suffering and sadness. I am praying, my friend.

lydia

Jamie said...

Love you my sweet friend. Always amazed at your ability to put thoughts into words. Let me know if Doneen needs any help. My parents can watch my kids if need be.

Kate Chaney said...

I'm saying lots of prayers!!! I came across this passage in my devotional this morning- thought I would share as this is somewhat fitting and seeing as we were just discussing hope and faith a week ago on the beach....
"How can we have hope beyond suffering? Because we have a living hope, we have a permanent inheritance, we have divine protection, we have developing faith, we have an unseen Savior, and we have a guaranteed deliverance."
I'm keeping all involved in my thoughts and prayers constantly! It really saddens my heart- Its tough but I know we all have to keep our hope and trust in God's eternal plan! Love you!

The Brown Family said...

I am praying and know our God is BIG!

runrgirl said...

Have been praying for all throughout the day and will continue to do so..

Anonymous said...

I am praying for God's Grace and Peace on Maggie Lee and your church.
I am also thinking about you like crazy- love you-lisac

Anonymous said...

The other night I was just crying and crying as I prayed for them. I never would have cried like that before. I guess I know what the pain feels like now. It breaks my heart because I understand exactly how those families are hurting.