Life changes fast

A friend of mine shared with me today about something happening in his life. He's been visiting a 16-year-old neighbor, in the hospital that he's never met. The teenager was caught riding one of my friends' stolen bicycles, and for that, it will probably cost him his life. God, I hate the law of unintended consequences.

As the story goes the boy was caught on one of the bikes by the police, charged with a misdemeanor, released, then apparently beaten into a coma over it by his father. Turned out that he wasn't beaten into a coma, but rather was injured by a freak accident as his parents tried to keep him at home. They love him.

Life changes fast.
Life changes in an instant.
You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.

My friend visits the boy in the hospital as he clings to life. The family asks him to pray for miracles, so he does. He doesn't tell them that the only miracles he believes in for brain-dead boys have to do with organ donations, the grace of God, and the people they've left behind. He doesn't tell them that sometimes death is a kind of healing, too.

For better and for worse my friends' life and the life of that comatose teenager are intertwined in so many ways. And that's true of all of us isn't it. Our lives are so intertwined that it is impossible for any of us to understand in advance all the consequences of even one small action. Oh how we hurt each other sometimes. How poorly I can behave, and mistreat people even unintentionally. All we can do is try our best to obey Jesus, and help each other pick up the pieces when things go bad. I'm so grateful for the people in my life who care for me even when I may be comatose and on life support. I've had the privilege recently of walking alongside some neighbors who are going through very tough times...life isn't fair.

Life changes fast.
Life changes in an instant.
You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.

And if, like me, you stubbornly hope in the victory of a good God that you've never seen, then thank that God for that hope, which is perhaps the best gift of His gifts on this side of death.

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