Wednesday Wisdom Tip – Long, Winding Road


Chris and Christa Corsi

If we could, from the day they were born, we would chart out our child’s life for success.

Have them potty train before two. Learn to read by three. Taking AP classes in middle school.

Of course, directing every step for them is impossible.

Today, I’m praying for a friend who is facing this reality.

This weekend, after a day of ice skating with his friends, Chris went for a swim that ended in tragedy. After hitting his head on the bottom of the pool, he was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He fractured his c6 vertebrae and injured his c5 & c7. Today, he is fighting to regain his ability to walk.

None of us know what tomorrow holds for our child. Though we may try to make everything as smooth as possible, that is not the reality of how life really is.

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus made sure His disciples knew before He left the earth – tough stuff is around the corner! You will have trouble. But, He didn’t just leave them with the bad news. Find peace in Me. Put your hope in Me…no matter what.

As parents, Jesus hasn’t told us to give our kids the perfect life, to take out the rough places and make sure they have a good time.  In fact, when we constantly shield them from pain, we are quite likely doing them a disservice.

Our child might not face their toughest struggle when they leave home or get out of college. Like Chris, our child’s trouble might take place today or tomorrow. How can we prepare them for trouble, whenever that might come?

Take a moment today, to share with your child one of your struggles and how you overcame or work at overcoming it each day. Share John 16:33 with them; loving letting them know life will be hard, but they will not be alone.

And will you please say a pray for Chris today? The next 24 hours are critical. He and his family need a miracle.




    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Thank you SO much Esther! I appreciate you!

  1. Caroline McGinnis says:

    I will so be praying for Chris and his family. I can understand what he is going through as I broke my neck and arm at the same time in a car accicdent in 1985 when I was about 22.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Wow Caroline! Did you recover?

  2. Praying for Chris and his family…for the miracle of recovery and healing, for the faith to trust in God and seek His comfort, to rest in Him, and that the Lord bless them with strength and courage to face the challenges ahead and persevere through the healing process. God bless!

  3. I have just payed for Chris. God worked a miracle in my son’s life and I pray that he does it for Chris as well. I know where his family is and I pray for them. My son had a motorbike accident at 16. In a coma for 2 weeks. Doctor said there will be brain damage if he wakes up at all. He is now 42, a docor in theology and just fine!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I love to hear God’s testimony of healing! Thank you so very much for sharing, Magreit!

  4. Praying for Chris, his family – healing and God’s peace and protection — and for wisdom for the doctors. Would you keep us updated with his progress? Thank you.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Hi Sherry! Here is a post I copied from Chris’ Caring Bridge today:

      Today I saw a champion, defending his title, no holds barred. This fighter has all intentions of defeating the adversity that has fallen upon him…

      I finally had the opportunity to visit Chris today, and I could never have imagined that I would encounter such an audacious sight. I walked in a bit on eggshells not sure of exactly what to expect. It didn’t take long for me to recall who this was and why I was here. Chris Corsi is a young man of honor. He is witty and intelligent beyond his years. That is who I saw today, not a boy who was physically disabled due to an unfortunate event.

      When his ear buds fell out, he was determined to put them back in… by himself. He ate dinner with a fork wrapped in foam and tape so he could have a better grasp. He brushed his teeth with the same technique. He is determined to do everything he has to do to get out of ICU and into rehabilitation.

      We showered the family with gifts from the church to make their hospital stay more bearable, and had the best time presenting them one by one in between the interruptions that are so common in the ICU. Don’t misunderstand, we love those people who popped in every so often! Chris’s nurse yesterday and today was Mrs. Heather Garfield who serves at Elevation in eKidz. He couldn’t say enough about how wonderful she has been. Apparently, “She’s the BEST!”. 🙂 Then, a sweet Thomasenia Phillips came in to assist with a ‘lung shaker’ device. She couldn’t help but notice all of the orange in the gift basket, and as it turns out, she attends Elevation University. Coincidence? We don’t think so. I think I laughed more with Chris & Christa in the hospital today than I have all week at home. He was so appreciative of every last thing from the orange Tic-Tacs to the soft fuzzy blanket. This boy should be an example to us all of how to live everyday with constant gratitude. When I was leaving, they were installing a trapeze over his bed to assist with mobility.

      The family continues to ask for healing prayers. #PrayForChrisCorsi

      Chris needs to maintain a normal blood pressure without the IV so that he can transfer out of the ICU and get moving. His immobility puts him at risk for blood clots, so they will likely surgically insert a filter into one of his veins in the morning to prevent movement of potential clots to his lungs.

      After they explained to Chris that his leg would be anesthetized before they inserted the filter, his comment was how redundant that would be considering that he can’t feel his legs. He said this through laughter, and we would expect nothing less from Chris, but the reality is that he wants to walk again. We are asking for a miracle from God to heal Chris so that he may be an example to others of God’s glorious ways.

  5. Carrie Walser says:

    Praying for Chris and his family! May God heal Chris and provide many miracles through him!

  6. Lisa Cleary says:

    Praying for Chris and lifting him up to our Healer and Great Physician, Jesus Christ. Also praying for wisdom and guidance for the doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other health care professionals who are caring for him. Praying earnestly for his family as they go through this fiery trial with him. May our Precious Lord be glorified !

  7. Praying for Chris and his family. May God give them healing, grace and mercy!

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