>> Monday, November 19, 2012
Last May our small community was rocked by a traffic accident. Grade seven student Lydia Herrle was hit by a recycling truck while coming off the school bus on a Thursday afternoon.
Phone calls spread like wildfire, as news of this tragedy hit to the very heart of our township. Popular and vibrant, Lydia was well-loved and well known. Her family ran a busy farm fresh grocery store on the outskirts of St Agatha. The cry of shock and pain spread through the church community, neighbourhood schools and into each town and hamlet that dots our local map.
Lydia was in terrible shape. News was scarce, and what little was filtering through the media was not good. Terror and fear gripped hearts.
But Jesus was there. He was with Lydia, her family and friends. And His incredible presence and power has been made real to an entire population through the amazing story of Lydia's recovery.
Thousands have followed the family's journey through the Herrle blog at prayforlydia2012.blogspot.ca--please read this when you have time and a big box of tissue.
Thousands more have hung bright green ribbons out on lamp posts, trees, mail boxes and any other vertical structure, declaring their commitment to Pray for Lydia. Fundraisers have brought together students and seniors, uniting people of varying denominations and lifestyles. I'm not ashamed to admit that the very thought still leaves me in tears today.
Best of all? Lydia herself is speaking out boldly about her love for Jesus and the faith this accident has birthed. Check out this video and wonder at this Warrior Butterfly and her Amazing Saviour.
I'm having a hard time keeping my emotions in check, so I'll sign off.
Praise the Lord for Lydia's recovery. And Praise the Lord for making Himself known in our community, for uniting His people and drawing our eyes toward Him.
Atta girl, Lydia. You'll ever be a hero of the faith in my eyes.
With Green Ribbon Waving,