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When Bones Break

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 by in Faith, Family | 2 comments

A lot is happening in my family right now.

During a short out-of-state visit to my parent’s house, my 90 year old grandpa was on the last step of the garage stairs when he fell, fragile bones breaking upon cold concrete. His hip completely fractured.

For both my grandparents and my parents, life as they knew it fractured, too. 

My dad is navigating the exhausting adventure of all night hospital vigils with every-hour interruptions and no end in sight. My mom has lost considerable freedom as she cares for my dependent grandmother in her home.

With the breaking of one bone, my parents lost the freedom of retirement and my grandparents lost access to their home of 30 years.

And I am reminded how very fragile we all are.

Hearts, bones, skin so easily broken, and the reward of a long life well lived is the humiliation of old age.  Few men hold respect in my heart like my grandpa, a war veteran, a godly man, and the model of temperance, patience, and faithfulness.

Over and over this weekend as I visited Grandpa, I thought of Jesus’ prophecy for Peter:

“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” John 21:18

While it hurts me to see him struggle against the weakness of his own body and the humility of accepting service from others, I am reminded again:

If we weren’t ever weak and broken, we wouldn’t need grace.

And sometimes these circumstances break our strong self to strengthen our dependence on Christ. When we are weak, he is strong.

Broken bones, broken hearts, tense relationships, weary hours of service all desperately need the healing balm of grace.

Grace for one another, grace for ourselves, and in every circumstance, receiving the grace from God that is in Christ.

We serve each other, but he, Christ, serves us, pouring into us the strength to keep serving, be patient, and persevere.

I truly believe, in the giving and the receiving, we grow closer to Christ and find intimacy we’ve never known before.

Would you pray grace, peace, and faith for my family today?

Thank you so much.









  1. Ashley, your expression of your feelings and your thoughts are powerful. I appreciate being able to have access to them. I appreciate your response to some of my comments on your facebook page. Your writing reminds me of Katie Davis’ writing. She is so busy she doesn’t put up much on her blog anymore. I’m sure you follow her, too, don’t you?

    May the Lord sustain your grandpa and grandma, your parents, and your own family.

    • Thank you Jim, for sharing my blog with others and furthering my writing. 🙂 I don’t follow Katie Davis, but I do plan to read her book. Thank you for your kind words and prayers.

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