I sat in a chair and listened to a doctor trying to convince a woman to be intubated. She was screaming in Spanish and gasping. I stared at my five-year-old fingers and willed her to stop. She didn’t—until she did.
When I was five, I didn’t have any context for tragedy. I played in the hallways of our local children’s hospital, riding up and down the elevators, pushing my younger sister through the basement on a gurney. We roamed those halls until our older sister died. I was nine. It took me years to come to terms with her long illness and death, and I was angry with God for a long time.
Twenty-something years later, I found myself sitting on a gurney, an oxygen tube strung across my nose, a mask strapped to my face, and an intubation tray behind my right shoulder…..
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Friends, life is hard. We live in a fallen, broken world, and Scripture promises that tribulation will come. Today, I’m sharing four truths about trials your kids need to know before they encounter pain. Will you join me over at Kids in the Word?
Image: In the Corner. From a Home, 1894, Carl Larsson (1853-1919), Public Domain
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.