In this my fourth installment of Therapy Sessions, I want to start by articulating my appreciation to our great God for seeing my family through 2007. It was, by miles, the most challenging year that I have ever had to endure. In March, my daughter was involved in a near-death car accident. A drunk driver made the choice to get behind the wheel of a car and nearly kill an innocent 17-year old young woman. She was driving her car around the corner to get some food, and out of nowhere…BOOM! She was hit in the driver’s side door with alarming force, resulting in her needing to be cut out of the car. This was a disastrous situation, watching my daughter nearly fade into oblivion. Every hope, every dream, and every desire was seemingly wiped away in one loud boom. But God…
Three brain surgeries and many healed broken bones later, my daughter is back at near full speed. She is back attending classes at UNLV, and life is swinging back in her favor once again. For nine months, my family was crushed under the pressure of caring for a young woman that seemingly few people cared for. Who would expect to get a call that your child was mangled while going to get something to eat? Her brain was shaken to the point where doctors were not sure she would return to her normal self. In spite of medical bills piling sky high and countless hours of doctor appointments and treatment, this, too, has passed. God, I love you so much for what You have done for my daughter! There is none like You anywhere.
My wife nearly lost a battle with pneumonia in August. She had been sick for some time, but we had no clue as to what could be wrong. We figured it could be a bug of some kind, and maybe it would just run its course. As the days passed, her condition worsened. One evening, I stared at her for a period of time. The look that I saw reeked of death to me. Up until that night, I had never looked death in the eyes. I will never forget the shock in my system and rapid beat of my pulse. I made the decision to call an ambulance to come escort her to the hospital. I had never felt more petrified and helpless in all of my days as a husband. But God…
She was rushed to the emergency room and a plethora of tests were performed. The x-ray results showed that both of her lungs were nearly filled to capacity with fluid. The doctors explained to us that had she waited any longer, she would have passed away. I cried tears that no person has yet to see. The mere thought of losing my rib just kills me on the inside. After a long week in the hospital and a vigorous regimen of medicines, my wife soon recovered from her bout with pneumonia. God, I love You so much for Your mercy and goodness in healing my wife! You are my love, my life, my being and my all. Without You, I would have lost everything in 2007.
2008 is here, and my family is overcome with joy because we are still in the midst of the living. Many times, we did not where our next meal was coming from. However, David proclaimed in Psalms 37:25 (KJV) that he had “not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” That same word of the LORD was made plain in the life of my family. We had overcome destitution and full scale brokenness by the grace of our mighty God, and now this year is certain to draw us nearer to Him. It did not matter how barren our refrigerator was, how empty our pockets were or how loudly the brakes on our car began to squeak. Jacob said it best in Genesis 28:16 (KJV) when he declared “surely the LORD is in this place.”
In 2008, a change is coming. To the God of our salvation be the glory!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Damainion Ewell is a well-traveled freelance journalist and a man on a mission. Formerly known in many secular arenas as "The Millennium Writer," Damainion took a God-imposed hiatus from journalism in late 2005 to concentrate on his family and other personal endeavors. Nearly two years later, Damainion is on the brink of his writing comeback, with a singular mission in mind: to glorify the name of Jesus Christ with every word that he writes. Damainion is currently working on two Christian literary offerings and enjoying life with his wife of seven years and their three wonderful children.