My sister is a nurse… (and a post about her will come another day)… as the sister of a nurse and the wife of a fire and rescue volunteer I am often found praying for accidents before others know they happened. Jacki will shoot me a text or call and ask if I can take her kids because she is in the ER. The pager goes off and I hear the call for my husband to move quickly and take the jaws of life to the scene of an accident. And so many times, the fear races through my mind… “What if it is someone I know?” Not that every single person doesn’t deserve equal amounts of prayer, but the thought always goes through my mind. As I sit and write, my husband races off for another call.
Yesterday was one of those days. A text comes through at lunchtime for me to pick up Jacki’s kids after school because she will be in the ER. Knowing this is a three hour time frame, the ER patient(s) must be very serious. And, as usual, I begin to pray for the person(s) involved. And because my sister is a nurse and my husband is a fire and rescue volunteer, I am often one of the last to know if it is or is not someone I know since they are not able to talk about the incidents they are involved in.
As it turns out, there was a head on collision on a corner just a few miles from another corner where last March a family lost their daughter due to icy conditions, two corners that have taken lives on more than one occasion and I pray do not take anyone this holiday season.
I am asking for my friends, family, and any other readers who may come by this post, to please say prayers throughout the day for my daughter Olivia’s friend, Mija, and her parents. Based on the information I know at this time, Mija, Ron and Michelle are in the hospital in Bismarck being treated for injuries related to the head on collision yesterday. I have no details of the injuries or condition of Ron, Michelle, or Mija. I just know being transferred to Bismarck is a good indication that the injuries were severe and will require a great deal of recovery.
Ron is the pastor at Bowman United Methodist Church. A church that has taken my daughters under their wing and welcomed them as their own. Chad and I are so grateful to have such amazing people looking out for our girls and their Faith journey.
I pulled this pic of Mija off the web and based on the date it is two years ago… She was helping decorate the tree at the church where her dad, Ron, is the pastor.
Please join me in lighting a candle today to help us shine a light and emit a warm glow of love and prayers for Mija, Michelle and Ron. Draw a small heart on your hand or a sticky note to remind yourself each time you see it to say a prayer for the family, the medical staff, our community and the church family in the coming days. The Olson Family lifts others in prayer day after day and now it is our turn to grow our faith and trust that our Heavenly Father will ease their pain and help them through this difficult time.
I will do my best to update my post as I hear how the family is doing.
I am going to ask for a few additional prayers for my daughter, Olivia this week. She and Mija are very good friends and the uncertainty of Mija’s condition is very difficult to grasp for her at this time.