When My World Turns Upside Down

In a horrific accident, model Lauren Scruggs, 23, walked into the propellor of an airplane in McKinney, TX, December 3. She lost her left eye and left hand. A few hours ago authorities released the 911 tapes, which reveal the panic of those who tried to help that night.

After a 20-minute flight to view the Christmas lights from the air, the pilot let her out. He reported he opened the right side door, extended his right arm, and told the passengers to walk behind the plane. Only when someone yelled, “stop, stop,” did he shut off the engine. She may not have heard his instructions over the noise.

Since that evening, Lauren has undergone rehabilitation at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. She learned to walk again, to ride a stationary bike, and to dress herself.

How do you cope when your world turns upside down? On an early January trip to the grocery store, “We had many strangers with tears stop us, saying they have been praying for Lo (Lauren) and for our family,” her mother said. Others said the accident made them think about how important God needs to be in their lives.

What does Lauren’s family need? A family of deep faith, even as they met with the prosthetic arm expert, they asked for prayer!

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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