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"... but with the dawn, rejoicing"

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I've had a rough week. My 11 yo daughter suffered a severe puncture wound from a bike brake lever a week ago today while we were camping. I have never seen so much blood in my life; I thought she had hit the artery and I was going to watch my child die on the ground. It was the scariest day of my life. Fortunately, fast-forward past the ambulance ride, stitches, possible infection and later surgery to reopen and re-clean the wound, drain tube, crutches, lots of pain meds and antibiotics, and she seems to be on the mend.

The nights were always the hardest. Everything seems darker and scarier at night, even when you're in a hospital surrounded by medical professionals who know just what to do.

Today I went for my first run since the accident, and as I was finishing up, the sun came out in all its glory, completely blinding me to everything except the immediate and beautiful countryside around me. I felt so calm, and like I knew everything would finally be okay. Exercise is such a great stress reliever all on its own, but coupled with the beautiful dawn, I felt so peaceful and immediately thought of Psalm 30: "At nightfall, weeping enters in; but with the dawn, rejoicing."

The challenge is remembering not to let the darkness close in on us. Beauty and peace is there, even when unseen.

I hope all my fellow sparkers have a wonderful, beautiful day!!!

picture from my run this morning
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  • TIGER_LILY_613
    That must have been frightnening! Glad your daughter is doing better now. emoticon
    1750 days ago
    So glad to hear your daughter is doing better! Lovely photo of your run...that sort of thing is partly why I love running in the mornings. It's just a peaceful and beautiful time.
    1750 days ago
    No matter what age they are, it is always hard to have one of our children hurt. So glad to hear she is doing well now. Joy does come in the morning.
    1756 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    What a story and I can only imagine what you were going through. Praise God as He will not leave us nor forsake us and so glad to hear, she's on the way to a great recovery. We go through things in life to learn and it makes us stronger. Ref from your mom's blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1759 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/28/2013 5:13:36 AM
    Thanks for the well wishes, everyone. My daughter continues to do well and is finally walking around without crutches. Still limping a little bit, but every day brings progress! :)
    1759 days ago
    Glad everything worked out. That does sound very scary...
    1759 days ago
    I came to see your blog as your Mom referred to it in hers this morning. I'm so glad your daughter is on the mend! May those first after accident traumatic memories fade quickly.
    1760 days ago
    Coming over from mum BB to share your relief and joy; so happy all is well.
    1760 days ago
    I've just come over from your mom's blog, too, and am so glad that your daughter is on the mend. How scary it must have been for you, but you've pulled through, stronger than you knew.

    1760 days ago
    I'm relieved that your daughter is okay. And as for you, God gave you a moment, that gorgeous sun rise, to let you know that He has everything in control, and it's all in divine order!!! HE gave you his peace!!!

    Here's a chorus to a song that I pray will give you more encouragement.

    Oh no, YOU never let go
    Through the calm, through the storm
    Oh no, YOU never let go
    In every high, In every low
    Oh no, YOU never let go
    Lord, YOU never let go of me

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean -
    1760 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/27/2013 9:32:44 AM
  • KANOE10
    I am so glad your daughter is better. That was scary. That was a lovely picture of the sun . Getting a run in was the perfect thing to do.

    1760 days ago
    Your mom linked this to her blog. I pray the healing will be complete with no scars, physical or emotional.
    As a mom I know the terror of seeing your child (no matter the age) in a hospital bed and recognizing that you have to trust the physicians know what is best to make your child well/whole. Then you pray like a crazy person that He sent the right doctor for your child's needs.
    Hugs my dear, your family is in my prayer. Thanks for the psalm and the pictures.
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    1760 days ago
    I got tingling reading your blog. Your mom sent me over from hers this morning. One of my favorite hymns must be based on that Psalm... "weeping may endure for a night... but joy cometh in the morning."

    Your mom wrote about being affected by things happening to loved ones, and I so identify (will respond to her next)... but wanted to post support here on yours, too.

    Prayers, rejoicing, and total agreement about exercise being an amazing stress relief tool... not letting the darkness defeat our resilience. Glad your daughter is recovering well!
    1760 days ago
    I saw you mom's blog so I checked out yours. How scary. I can't imagine. I am so glad she is okay and what a beautiful run you had.

    1760 days ago
    Mom, that is actually the same psalm!
    1761 days ago
    I didn't realize that you posted yesterday although I did check you out on FB.
    I had a psalm of my own after the crisis was over.
    "I will praise you Lord, for you have rescued me" well, technically Carrie, but that's what popped into my head and continued for 5 miles.
    1762 days ago
    So glad to hear that your daughter is doing well.
    Also glad that you were able to get out for a sunrise run.
    I'm heading out now for a kayak ride on a lake near my home.

    1762 days ago
    Sounds like she is on the mend but sending best wishes for a rapid recovery anyway!
    1762 days ago
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