This summer, I posted more than once about the motorcycle accident involving our pastor and his wife. Bryan Koch heads Glad Tidings Church here in Wyomissing. In June, an intoxicated man driving an SUV crossed the center line of the road and hit Bryan and his wife Lynn. Lynn lost her life in the accident. Pastor Bryan lost his left leg and suffered massive injuries.
He almost died more than once in the days directly after the accident. Yesterday, after nineteen weeks of recovery, he returned to church to preach his first sermon since the tragedy.
The building was packed to the point where they had to stop people at the entrance. Services in other locations, some internationally, were streaming the message that Bryan delivered. He stood on the stage a living miracle of survival and persistence.
Yet this wasn’t the moment I’m talking about.
At the end of the service, the band played Bryan’s theme song over the past few months, Never Once by Matt Redman. The song started and I watched, as he stood with the help of his walker, and raised his hand in worship.
Here was a man who had lost his wife, spent fifty-one days in the hospital, had almost met death more than once, and he stood on the stage in worship of the God that had never left him alone. There were hard times, he mentioned in the message, times of pain and sorrow. He talked about arriving home from the hospital on the day that would have been his 28th wedding anniversary, seeing a picture on his fridge of him and Lynn, and breaking down.
His voice caught as he talked about her in heaven.
There was something profound in watching him worship. Profound in knowing that God will carry you through your circumstances, that you will stand again even if you are missing some parts.
Your situation matters. Your pain matters. Your suffering matters. You will make it through.
I watched a miracle happen on Sunday morning. I pray this week you have your own miracles and you realize you are not alone.