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Kindness Begets Kindness
I WAS AT work when my wife called me frantically from an ambulance. She and our 8- and 10-year-old children had been involved in an accident. When I reached the hospital the ...

KINDNESS BEGETS KINDNESS

Chaplain Jim Nichols

Omaha, NE, Police Department

I WAS AT work when my wife called me frantically from an ambulance. She and our 8- and 10-year-old children had been involved in an accident. When I reached the hospital the sergeant who had been at the scene told me what happened. Two plainclothes Omaha police officers had pulled over a known meth dealer. As they approached his car he sped away, running two stop signs at 58 miles per hour. At the second one he slammed into my family’s van, pinning our son between the seat and door. At first he was unresponsive, but by the time they extracted him from the van he was conscious with slurred speech.

At the hospital everything checked out normal for my wife and daughter. Our son was sitting up and talking, but complained about a bad headache. Since he appeared to be all right, no special tests or x-rays were performed. A couple of hours after we got home he showed signs of a concussion— head pain and vomiting. Quickly we rushed him to the hospital, where they gave him a CAT scan. There the ER doctor told us our son had fractured his skull and severed an artery, causing bleeding in his brain. He was dying and needed lifesaving surgery as soon as possible! As I explained this to my son, we prayed and asked God to save his life and to forgive the man who was responsible for his injuries.

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Our son was rushed into surgery around midnight while my wife, daughter, many friends, and I prayed together for his life. An agonizing three hours later the surgery was over; our son had made it through and was taken to ICU. Miraculously, he was moved to a regular room later that day.

When the police department learned about our son’s condition, several officers visited us in the hospital. They even checked up on us after we went home. We were so overwhelmed by the support they gave that I volunteered to be a department chaplain. By God’s grace they accepted me. Because of the Lord’s goodness the only reminder of that horrific event is a long scar on our son’s head. When I see this scar it reminds me of two things: first, of the miracle God performed and how much he loves us; and second, of the reality and danger associated with the war on drugs.


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