Josh Irby

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Finding Purpose in Brokenness

Editor’s Note: This post is by my friend Kathryn Jackson. Three years ago, Kathryn and her children were in a car accident that left her oldest daughter severely disabled. Their response to this life-altering challenge has greatly encouraged me. I hope her Open Letter to the World encourages you.

Photo credit Col_Adamson (Creative Commons)

Photo credit Col_Adamson (Creative Commons)

RE: An Open Letter to You from the Rest of the World

Hi world!

It’s me…that skinny, freckle-faced girl with red hair and glasses. Yep… just me 🙂

Supposedly, I have something to offer you, but I feel much too small to offer your big-ole-self anything of significance…

You see, I spend my days taking care of my daughter who has a severe brain injury. What could I possibly offer you?

Every morning, as I walk into her room, she looks at me and asks, “Where are we going today, Mama?” And I say, “We are going to school,” but I think, “She wants me to show her the world.”

Then I carry her to the bathroom, and she sits and I sit, and we wait for her broken body to do what it has to do. And we wait, and she asks, “What are we doing today, Mama?” And I say, “Today’s a therapy day,” but I think, “We are going to persevere and never give up.”

And then I dress her and brush her teeth and put on her braces that straighten her crooked feet – so that she can stand. And as she stands, she stretches and lifts her one good hand to the sky – as if she might really touch it. And she looks up at me, and she smiles.

You might consider her lowly, broken and burdensome. But everyday I watch her bring light, beauty and grace to others.

Somehow she is able to fly in her brokenness. She not only flies, she soars, and she brings me along with her. She helps me laugh. She helps me love.

So this is what I offer to you, world…

Joy in the midst of hardship…

Rest in the midst of chaos,

And a Brokenness that breeds Strength.

I also offer you my disabled daughter, because she is priceless. I get to take care of her. And I am so grateful.

So if you happen to see us out and about, be sure to say, “Hi,” because my little girl gives the best hugs!

With Sincerity and Gratitude,

Me

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  • That is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.

    • Josh

      Yes, thank you Kathryn!