The Worst News I've Ever Received - Please Pray

When I got to work yesterday I saw a status update on someone's Facebook page requesting prayers because they had seen a horrible accident just north of Northfield. I said a quick prayer but didn't dwell on it too much until a couple hours later when I got a text message from one of my best friends requesting prayer for his wife and two daughters. My heart stopped. I knew the two things were connected.

My wife and I were texting each back and forth and after about an hour I came across the newspaper article online that confirmed all my fears. My friend Shannon and her girls Kyra (7) and Jada (4) were struck by a semi-truck. The news was horrible. Here is a link to the online news story.

I couldn't believe it. It wasn't real. This wasn't supposed to happen. It was just supposed to be a Monday. How the in the world.....???

I knew it wasn't good when I read that Shannon and the girls were all transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by air. "Lord Jesus" was all I could pray. I left before my lunch break, got to the hospital as quickly as I could and stayed with them there all afternoon. The good news was that all the girls were alive. The bad news was that Shannon's brain was swelling severely and the needed to take off part of her skull to relive the pressure. 

Please visit the Kerr Family Caring Bridge site to receive updates and continued prayer requests. Please also pray my best friend Jason and their two boys, Trenton (13) and Braylen (10).

Being in the hospital was tough but it was also incredible to see so many people coming to love on the family and to life the Kerr family up in prayer. Only God can bring the miraculous out of the this situation. We were reading Scripture, singing praise music, continually praying and lifting up the kids, the hospital staff and pleading with Jesus to do what only He can do. In fact there was so many people there that the ICU staff seemed a little overwhelmed. God's people were rallying and they are continuing to do so. Please join us!

Reading the Psalms with Jason and over the girls was all I could do. In such a tragic situation the words of man seem so insignificant. Reading the pleas of the Psalmist and the promises in God's Word was encouraging and grounding. The Kerr family (and all their friends) need God's presence like never before. He is their Rock, Salvation, Healer, Anchor, Hope, Treasure, Protector, Wisdom, Strength, Comfort, Fortress, Shelter, Provider, and Gracious, Loving, Faithful, Good, Father. Those words are true from God's Word and I am praying them over and over again. 

We are praying for Shannon to have a full recovery. At this point she is in the worst shape. She is basically in a non-induced coma. We are praying for her to wake up. We are believing that as Jesus called Lazarus up from the dead in the tomb, His Word has the power to call Shannon up from her sleep. At His Word she can be healed and raised and miraculously restored. We trust in God's love for Shannon, Jason, Trenton, Braylen, Kyra and Jada!

Please also prayer for all the Kerr's family and friends. My wife Stephanie has been best friends with Shannon since elementary. I can not type enough words to convey the depths and value of their friendship. I cry as I type this. They love each other so much, and we love this family so much. Lord Jesus....