Tuesday, March 18, 2008

...yet the Cross, it stayed still

My sister is never far from my thoughts. She is having a difficult time letting go of the accident. A trauma, alive and breathing, in every cell. What must it be like to replay the scene over and over again?

She is driving in the middle of the night, with her son by her side on a dark, Florida highway. The night still, barely a moon. Suddenly headlights from the other side approach in the distance. And what would barely be a recognition becomes lethal. The other car jumps the median and flies airborne, steel hurtling toward my sister's car. She has a second, if that, to glance over and see her son's face. And know that she isn't ready to go yet. She has more to do here. Yet the sight of his face is all she needs. Then the crash, louder than she could have ever imagined, a flash of light and darkness. Her son pulling her out of the car, disengaging her from the airbag that has saved her life. She is alive, because all she feels is pain.

Now almost two weeks later she is still in pain, but blessedly alive and without "significant" injury. The damage to her psyche is yet to be determined. How to once again get behind the wheel of a car and drive. Unimaginable. After all, how likely is it that a lone car on the road, across the median, would learn to fly and smash into her. It happened...

There is one thing that stays with her, all the time. Her Cross, which she kept lying loosely amongst some sea shells on her dashboard, appears to hold the light. While everything flew and ricocheted about the car, as if in a funnel cloud - the shells scattered ...yet the Cross, it stayed still. On the dash. Withstanding the impact of the other car at 60mph. A mystery? Perhaps not...

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  1. God bless your sister and her son! Obviously. I am so believing the solidity of the cross.

    Happy Holy Week.

  2. That just sent goosebumps up my arms.

    I hope she is able to recover from all of the effects of the accident.
    How is her son handling it?

    Sending good thoughts...

  3. Wow. It DOES give you goose bumps and then you think....of course it stayed still.

    Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

  4. I hope that that cross continues to bring her comfort and peace.

  5. That is seriously bone chilling. I am so glad that she is physically well. I cannot imagine trying to get through that mentally. Sending hugs.

  6. I think perhaps not as well. Hopefully she (and her son) will get beyond this soon. We're sending hugs and good thoughts as well.

  7. I lost a colleague in the same kind of accident (car flying across the median) and 7 years later the story still brings tears to my eyes. I cannot even fathom how tough it would be for your sister to replay that incident over and over again.
    SO grateful your sister is still with you.

  8. Sometimes life can just not be explained.

  9. that gave me chills.

    let her know we are all thinking of her as she deals with this.

  10. Holy Week is a most beautiful time to share this. Thank you, and lots of love and prayers to your family. God clearly is holding your sister in his light.

  11. Oh wow, that gave me chills, took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes! Wow.

    Just this morning I was thinking that I haven't been very good about observing the Easter season this year, and then I get to read this, what a blessing, thank you for sharing it.


  12. Oh my -- I am so glad she survived this! I nearly was hit by someone running a red light yesterday and remain traumatized just from that. Imagine what your sister is feeling!!!

  13. What a wonderful post for Holy Week. Was it a rosary like the one you pictured? It's beautiful.

  14. LOVE the new template!
    Tres cool!

  15. Amazing...I love these stories. I'll be thinking of your sister.
    Great changes on your blog!


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