Late last month my niece was involved in a terrible car accident. As a result, she is recuperating with three fractures in her left foot, a fracture in her right foot, a broken right ankle, two broken vertebrae, and facial burns and corneal abrasion from the airbag. We thank God she survived!
I visited with Amber while she was still in the hospital. She looked so pitiful and I felt so bad for her. As a nurse herself, now is her time to be on the other side of the care-giving spectrum.
Because she is a nurse, Amber’s work schedule doesn’t allow much leniency for days off. She frequently, regretfully misses most holiday and family get-togethers. This Thanksgiving will be an exception.
Before leaving the hospital, Amber said to my mom: “Grandma, maybe this was a good thing.” We all laughed at the irony of it. But the reality of it was that her heartfelt sentiment was very genuine: her desire to be with her family at Thanksgiving, no matter the cost.
Whether it be by wheelchair or even having to carry her in, we will find a way for Amber to join us this Thanksgiving, where we will celebrate life—hers, ours, yours—and will surely give thanks to God for his infinite goodness for all that we have and all that we do. And we are grateful to have another family member home again!
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin
As her godmother, Amber’s spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being have always been in my prayers. She just needs a little extra right now. Will you join me in praying for her and all those people who may be suffering through the holiday season?