Dear Christ Church,
One year ago today I had an early morning workout, spent a full day of meetings in the office, had a date night with Christine before she left for a few days to serve as faculty for Selah, a spiritual direction training program, while one of my kids went to a Hillsong concert with some friends that evening, and another to dance class. It was “a day in the life” of the Warner family, one of the last such typical days of the “old” normal.
Five days later, after returning to Austin, Christine would be hit by truck while standing on the side of an off-ramp pouring gas into the empty tank of a car. After ten days in ICU, five weeks in the hospital, seven months of therapy, and now a full calendar year, we approach the anniversary this Wednesday, April 10th.
It is astonishing, given all the traumatic injuries she sustained, that Christine is alive and mobile and “herself” cognitively and relationally. Yet, some of the injuries and losses remain, sources of ongoing prayer, therapy, and some procedures and surgeries still to come.
Our family is learning a new normal. Personally, I am still recovering from the trauma, fatigue, and adjustments to both the initial impact of the accident, and the more subtle ripple effects in my roles and responsibilities, losses and rhythms the past year. Through it all Christine and I have been keenly aware of the presence of God. One of the collects of the BCP leads us to pray, asking God to “mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace.” The way of the cross is real. The way of life and peace is too.
Christine and I are very much looking forward to marking the anniversary with you at a Special Service Sunday, April 14th, at 5pm. This will be a time of worship, some sharing from Christine, thanksgiving and celebration of life and healing, with prayer teams available for your own healing needs. And it’s a potluck! Bring a dish with enough to share and we’ll feast afterwards. And please invite anyone you know outside of Christ Church, who tracked with the story and might like to join us.
P.S. Check out the new post at the blog that has been chronicling Christine’s recovery.
P.S.S. This photo of Christine was taken in late April 2018, in the chapel of St. David’s Rehab Hospital.