CYBER PASTOR VISIT
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and
saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
In the late 1990’s Dennis Byrd was a professional football player. He was touted as the up-and-coming defensive superstar for the New York Jets. Then tragedy struck. On November 29, 1992, the Jets were playing the Chiefs. Dennis was about to sack the quarterback when he collided with a teammate and his spinal cord was snapped. In a split-second, his football career ended. He was paralyzed from the neck down. Everything he had planned for his life came to a screeching halt.
Later, he wrote about waking up in the middle of the night at Lenox Hospital in a halo brace, not knowing where he was, not knowing why he couldn't move, not knowing what was happening. Suddenly, he went from dreaming of making it to the Pro Bowl to hoping he could someday hold his daughter in his arms again. From a worldly perspective, Dennis was no longer able to reach his potential, but from God’s perspective, He is always able to take the human brokenness of our lives and make beautiful mosaics of purpose and joy.
The world watched and listened as Dennis Byrd told the media that Christ was his source of comfort in his time of tragedy. The doctors announced to the media that Dennis may never walk again, and it would be years before they would know. Dennis told the media that with God's help, he would walk again—soon.
On opening day of the 1993 football season, less than a year after the tragic collision, millions of television viewers watched Dennis Byrd walk out to the middle of the Meadowlands Stadium while 75,000 fans stood cheering in ovation. The miracle in Dennis Byrd's life is not that he broke his neck and walked again. The miracle is that the injury that destroyed his career didn't destroy his life.
If something has happened to cause us to feel there is brokenness in our lives that is beyond repair, realize that God can take all those broken pieces that can’t be put back together and make something new, something whole, something amazing!
Trusting in God's Faithfulness,
Place: Henderson, NV
Start: 07:44 PM, 08/01/2014
End: 07:43 PM, 08/02/2014
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