Sunday, May 21, 2006

A Very Special Graduation

Last January 28, Katie and I were dining out, and got a phone call you never want to receive. The 18 year old daughter of some dear friends of Katie's, was involved in a serious car accident that left her unconscious for three days.

When she awakened she couldn't swallow or communicate in any way. She suffered severe brain trauma and her mental capacity was in question. Many people in the community, and all over the world, and even some readers of Sisters' Weblog, prayed in earnest, and the Gushee's appreciated the intervention on their behalf.

Holly slowly regained her ability to swallow and days later her first audible sound she made since her brain injury, was laughter. Days later she started talking. And talking. And talking. She couldn't shut up! LOL What a sweet sound!

She was then transferred to a hospital that specializes in treating victims of brain trauma in Atlanta. After six weeks of rehabilitation she returned home.

Then she returned to school.

Holly worked extremely hard to make up all her school work, after having completely missed two months of her all-important senior year.

Today, in less than an hour, that amazing girl graduates from high school with her class!


Praise the Lord!

There are many ways God has used and is using this circumstance in Holly's life to grow her and her family spiritually, as well as all of us in this community of faith.

One way God is using Holly's story is through a new ministry designed to meet human needs and it is called the Loaves and Fishes Ministry. In his column from a couple of weeks back, David Gushee wrote:
"needy people evoke God's compassion, who calls on those who love him to contribute all that they can to meet such needs-and when we do so, God takes our meager offerings and multiples them in a supernatural way. God calls on us to become partners in healing the world and meeting its needs, until at last 'he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning or crying nor pain anymore.'"

Holly's accident, brain injury, and recovery have made for one memorable senior year, and will end with a very special graduation ceremony taking place in just a few minutes.

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