To the Editor

Posted July 19, 2017 at 9:29 am

To the Editor,

Christopher Reeve was a handsome and successful actor enjoying a stable family life with the wife and kids. Life was great. All his ducks were in a row. Then that perfect life suddenly stopped.

He was in a horseback riding competition and was thrown over his horse’s head landing head first. In just seconds the life he knew was over and a new one started.

He was paralyzed from the waist down. He couldn’t even breathe without a machine, but his brain still worked.

The book “Spirit of Courage” written by the editors of the magazine Reader’s Digest and subtitled “Life Touched With Wonder” tells of Christopher’s journey from complete helplessness to breathing without a machine. From feeling like a burden on everybody to learning how to live a new way.

In the beginning he told his wife Dana by mouthing the words “maybe we should not let go.” Dana began to cry and said it was his decision, but she would be with him “for the long haul.” Then (she) added, “you’re still you and I love you.”

Romans 14:7-9. The Living Bible. “We are not our own bosses. To live or die as we ourselves might choose. Living or dying we follow the Lord. Either way we are His. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose, so that He can be our Lord both while we live and when we die.”

Mary C. Albertson

Albany, Kentucky