Pam Thorson. Pam, a mom, nurse, author, and speaker received the news no mom wants to hear: her son was in a horrific accident and may not live. What do you think, do, hope for? Who do you reach out to? Pam shares her personal story of why one shouldn't give up on hope and faith no matter the odds. Take a look at the excerpt from SONG IN THE NIGHT, the true account of her family's nightmare. Read her encouraging message of hope. And do leave a comment to win OUT FROM THE SHADOWS (a devotional) or SONG IN THE NIGHT. Pam's looking forward to hearing from you.
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Pam's Excerpt from SONG IN THE NIGHT:
When God Does the Impossible by Pam Thorson
The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. -Luke 18:27 (NKJV)
It was a glorious July afternoon in 1997. We enjoyed a delicious brunch with new friends and arrived back home to spend the day outside. I couldn’t wait to do some gardening. I was looking forward to seeing our son Kevin again, due back the next day from a church youth ministry trip to Canada. I’d had
misgivings about this trip, even though he’d made a similar one to Mexico.
I was edging the lawn out by the columbines when someone called me to the phone. The voice at the other end was our pastor’s wife. She sounded excited.
“Pam,” she ordered, “you need to sit down.” Her next words were: “Kevin has been in an accident.”
There was much more she said, but my mind reeled as if from a blow and I could only comprehend bits of it, horrifying words like “paralyzed,” “ventilator,” “hospital.”
It was the call every parent dreads. Kevin had fallen while attempting a backflip on a church lawn. He had fractured his vertebra very high and was paralyzed from the neck down. He immediately stopped breathing and was kept alive by CPR until the emergency personnel arrived to take him to the Lethbridge hospital.
He was airlifted to a larger hospital in Calgary, where we arrived after a harrowing twelve-hour drive from Idaho. We found him attached to life support, but conscious. Tubes and wires and machines dominated the tiny room in which he lay.
The doctor told us Kevin’s injury was an impossible one from which to recover. He thought we should pull the plug. We had no intentions of accommodating him. Kevin fought hard and long to live, and after two weeks in hospitals he was discharged to a rehabilitation hospital. There he learned how to live in his new body, and we learned how to care for him.
We didn’t know that the hospital had never discharged someone home with such a devastating injury. I was shocked the day they told us it would be impossible to care for him at home.
That was seventeen years ago.
In the nearly two decades since Kevin’s spinal cord injury, there have been many tears, trials, and struggles. There have also been many victories and days of pure joy.
Not only has Kevin lived at home since his stay at the rehabilitation hospital, he has learned to breathe again, walk with assistance, and run a computer.
He taught himself computer animation and 3D graphics and opened a studio with his brother. He turned his love for Christian music into a website called CMADDICT.com. As the founder and senior editor, Kevin works with recording artists, publicists, record companies, and contributors around the country.
Every day Kevin serves God with trust and surrender. Every day we do the “impossible,” caring for Kevin’s extensive medical needs. Each day God grants us the strength to walk this incredible journey of faith.
Since that awful day in 1997, we’ve learned that with God, nothing is impossible. He is our powerful advocate and mighty Redeemer. When there appears to be no way forward for Kevin, God clears a path. When it seems impossible for us to care for him, God gives us the strength to walk the daily valley of the shadow. He has opened doors and moved mountains and supplied every provision for victory.
He has even given us a new song of praise to our Deliverer.
Now I can smile when I read those words in Psalm 77:6: I will remember my song in the night. When darkness falls and the journey appears to be hopeless, God makes a path for us as we remember to praise Him. When the praises of a broken people light up the night, God accomplishes the unimaginable.
Is the impossible facing you today? Believe, sing, and trust in a powerful Creator.
You’re going to be okay.
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Pam Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, speaker, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. Her newest book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), released March 28. Pam resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
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