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It Could Have Been Me

Original Post: 5/2/23

There was a major accident at 7th & St. Louis -Two vehicles in shambles. Had I left my home moments earlier, it could have been me as I was one of the first to arrive at the incident. I stopped to see what I could do to help. The police had already been notified and there were sirens in the distance.

I looked around and saw shattered pieces of car and fluid all over the road. A woman came out of her house with a broom to sweep up the mess. I asked if she had another, hoping I could be of some assistance. I prayed for those involved in the accident as we swept the shards away.

Police, ambulances, and firetrucks arrived on scene. A woman was pulled from her vehicle onto a stretcher. Alive, thankfully. That's when it hit me hard. That could have been me. Had I left a minute earlier, that could have been me on that stretcher.

My heart broke for the woman and her loved ones. Time is precious and once it's gone, we can never get it back. We don't know when will be our last moment, or anyone else's for that matter.

We must live with purpose and intention.

We must love wholeheartedly.

We must forgive without hesitation.

We must embrace every moment we have.

We fill our lives with busyness... Things that draw us away from the stuff that truly matters. What can we do today to change that? How can we truly live with purpose and intention?

For me, I'm keeping this small piece of rubble from today's journey to remind me to slow down and take time for the people and things that matter the most.

Please keep the families involved in this accident in your thoughts and prayers!

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