Near Drowning

Good morning!

Near drowning.                                             Two of the worst words I hate to hear. 😦 But a common diagnosis I have to type in upon admittance in the PICU. I have been working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of a children’s hospital this summer.  I’ve heard those words all too many times. Especially this past week.

I just joined my daughter,  grandchildren, and some cousins visiting from Texas at a water park this past Tuesday. It was full of people with the same great idea. Cool refreshing water fun on a hot day. The park was packed! I could not help but bring my work home with me on this particular occasion. There was too big of a risk with that many people to look away from my 2 and 4 year old grandchildren for even a second as they played in the pools. I prayed others felt the same and no child went unwatched.

Water. That  ingredient of summer that provides hours of refreshment can also turn a family’s world upside down. A mere teaspoon worth can do it.Water not only sustains our bodies and communities, but also is an integral part of our spiritual lives. The Bible is rich with images of water that symbolize new life, cleansing, and the fulfillment of God’s promises.

Let’s all think smart this summer. Be proactive. And especially do not mix adult alcohol with children and water. It makes a lethal cocktail!

It’s summertime!  Bring on the cool refreshing water. Let’s keep those moments under water a joyous occasion. Why not try baptism with living water instead of near drowning?

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.                       John 7:37-38

Love and laughter,



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