Yesterday Larry and I went out of town to do the wedding of Nick and Normandy, a very special couple from Celebration. Last evening was the rehearsal and dinner, (at the Palm Tree Grille -- which was lovely!) and today is the wedding.
Late last evening we got a call that Donna, one of our church members at Celebration, was hit by a car. She was walking across a busy street and was hit at full impact and has sustained very serious injuries. Doctors had not given a good report AT ALL and it was touch and go. We activated the prayer chain and facebook messages last night and we received reports through the night. As of 4 am this morning, we have found out that she has received blood transfusions for the loss of blood she sustained, has a "nick" on her kidney and liver, multiple severe bruises and lacerations. And...SHE'S ALIVE AND ON THE MEND AND IN ICU!!! We just give praise to God for this because as I said, the doctors had given an extremely bleak report however we believed God's report and she has pulled through.
Larry and I could not be at two places at once but fortunately not only is Jesus there but so are other church leaders who are on the scene.
Please continue to join us in prayer for Donna's complete restoration.
Pastoring is such a rollercoaster ride. It's hard to explain how you can have so many emotions at the same time. I have a heavy heart for Donna and her family, and at the same time jubiliation and pride for the couple that is marrying today. I go back and forth in my mind every few minutes between joyous emotions and concern and prayer. This is the life of a church Momma. :)
There are 9 supernatural gifts of the spirit listed in scripture but I really think God might have considered making omnipresence one for pastors...but then again probably the reason He didn't is that He wants His whole body to rise up and do the work of the ministry and carry the load, not just us. Yep, I believe that would be it...
Thank you Jesus for your beautiful plan called...the church! It is family...what "community" is all about...serving TOGETHER.
For those of you who are joining with us in prayer for Donna (whether you know her or not) and would like to send her a card and tell her so...you may reach her at:
St. Josephs's Hospital
3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
If you don't know her personally just tell her you are a blog reader. :)