The other night, an old friend and I, along with our dear spouses, relected on how our lives and who we are today was shaped by something that happened 15 years ago. In a split second, we had injuries that would mark us for as long as we live, and invisible scars from losing 5 that were, just previously, sitting and laughing next to us. My friend asked me, “Can you imagine who you’d be today if the accident didn’t happen?” We talked about what we remembered, I learned things that I never knew about his injuries and his struggles, and he learned about mine. We talked about those we lost, how we remembered them, the strength of the families, the strength of the survivors. We talked about the constant need to live up to being spared, never being satisfied. And, after talking about it, I felt its release. Pain was present that evening, but so was incredible joy. God is good. God is good. God is good.
|“5 from Dallas area die in church van crash, 10 hurt in accident with cement truck
Author: Todd J. Gillman Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News
Publish Date: June 9, 1992
|MINEOLA, Texas — Five Dallas-area teen-agers and adults were killed and 10 others were injured in a fiery crash Monday when a church van was broad-sided by a cement truck, authorities said. Texas Department of Public Safety officials in Tyler said the van ran the stop sign and was struck by a Transit Mix La-farge Corp. cement truck…”|