When Life Interrupts Us

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"When life interrupts us" by Colleen Spiro (CatholicMom.com)

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My husband and I were in a car accident a few weeks ago.

A car ran a red light and cut right in front of us. The airbags came out and smacked us in the chest and face and it felt like the air got sucked right out of our lungs. The seat belts did their job as well. They caused painful bruises, but they probably saved our lives.

The picture I cannot get out of my head is the look on my husband’s face when he looked over at me to see if I was OK. His eyes were wide open, they looked so huge. He looked scared and in pain and in shock all at the same time. I know I looked the same way because I felt all of those things.

We were (and are still) in pain from the airbags and seat belts. We have scratches and abrasions and bruises. But, thank God, we are both alive.

Thank God we have each other.

There are things in life that we worry about. I am a big worrier from way back, as I have written many times. I worry about everything. And we have been under a great deal of stress lately as we pack to move. Moving is way up there on the list of stressors.

But then something happens in our lives to remind us of what is really important and what really matters.

My husband and I will not always have each other this side of heaven. But we have each other today. This moment. We have it all. We have it all because we have each other. We have our family.

We have our faith.

And despite the stresses in life, the ups and downs, the good and the bad, nothing else much matters to me.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of my husband. Thank you, Lord for the gift of life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Copyright 2019 Colleen Spiro

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Colleen Spiro is a Catholic mother, grandmother and a deacon’s wife. A certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her retreats and writings. You can read her reflections at her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read or listen to her podcast at Finding God in the Everyday.

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