I Nearly Died 32 Years Ago Today – But for the Grace of God

I Nearly Died 32 Years Ago Today – But for the Grace of God

By the Grace of God …

I’m Still Here Today!



On this day 32 years ago – God spared my life and the lives of my 3-year-old son Andrew, 4-month-old daughter Shara, and another 2-year-old child I was caring for, when a raging fire trapped us in our 2nd-floor apartment.


I had to drop the children out the window to police officers who arrived ahead of the fire department. I don’t remember much after that, but apparently I passed out, fell out the window, and landed on my head. I sustained nearly life-ending injuries (broken neck, fractured skull, and lacerated scalp with substantial blood loss), but three days later, I awoke in the hospital with no paralysis; and a week after the fire, I was able to walk out of the hospital.


The flames racing across the porch roof are what greeted me when I looked out the obscured window.
The flames racing across the porch roof are what greeted me when I looked out the obscured window.



So today, as I reflect on that horrible, traumatic event…I am thankful for life and no significant residual effects of the injuries that nearly killed me. And I’m thankful God blessed me with two additional children, Jen and Joylynne, after being told I wouldn’t be able to have more due to the trauma my body sustained. God obviously had other plans for my life – and the lives of my children, present and future – and it wasn’t my time to die 32 years ago!


It’s very interesting to me that some of the scripture I read that day included these verses:

“Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have enlarged; bring me out of my distresses!”  –Psalm 25:16-17

“My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, ‘Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest…..I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.”  –Psalm 55:4-6, 8




Now onto today’s inspiration. And as always, remember you can read some Psalms and Proverbs for the day at Daily Scripture Readings.

“Lord, I praise You that You are greater than any or all of my failures…as my Potter, You are able to mold and remold me, as I submit to Your wisdom and skill.

As my Master Artist, You are able to take the dark threads of my life–my wounds, my scars, my blotches, the messes I make, and even my sins–and blend them into a beautiful design to the praise of the glory of Your grace.” 

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”




My Reflections


As a seamstress and quilter, I like this one about the Master Artist. I also see how God took that awful experience 32 years ago–those dark threads–and wove them into my “second” life after I nearly died.

I am working on writing my story of that day, in a book entitled, Angels in the Midst of the Flames.




So What Are YOUR Thoughts?


Would you be interested in reading my book, Angels in the Midst of the Flames, when I get it published?


Do you see how the Master Artist has used the painful moments of your life as materials for a larger masterpiece?






8 thoughts on “I Nearly Died 32 Years Ago Today – But for the Grace of God

  1. Wow- what a horrifying event. Angels were watching over you and you have a great story of faith to share. I am glad you are here today!!

  2. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for sharing this inspirational article.
    We humans are rational and logical. We often predict future outcome based on our past experiences or what has been programmed in our minds during our upbringing. However, God is bigger than all our assumptions and prediction. He is the only one that knows what the future holds for us.
    He said, I know the thought that I think towards you, thoughts of good and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future.
    The scripture also says, everything work for good to them that love God….
    I thank God on your behalf for the victory he gave you. May his name be blessed.
    I look forward to reading your upcoming book.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Hi, I really appreciate this as you are so brave mam. Yes if god want to save no one can kill the person. Thanks for sharing

  4. Hi Karen,
    What a powerful life story, so real I can almost feel your fear and pain and anguish on that day. I know there are angels around us. Many years ago I fell down the stairs in a beach house we were renting. I thought I was walking into my husband’s room and I walked out into the staircase, went tumbling and banged my head on the wall at the bottom. Somehow, I sat up and seemed to be okay. I went upstairs, got some aspirins near my bed, kept the phone right near me, and went to sleep. The next day I spent the whole day moving boxes to a storage unit as previously planned. I believe there were angels there that day that helped to break my fall.

    Your book will have a big impact on anyone who has suffered a great loss but survived – or maybe it just happened to them and your story can inspired them to trust and to turn to the scriptures for support.

    Dr. Erica

  5. Hi Karen,

    I’d read your story of this horrifying day before. (on another of your blogs, I think) Nevertheless, you’re a lucky lady and a real live hero! Edward

  6. AMEN! I remember releasing myself and my family to God while in an ambulance one night. Something happens when we release ourselves to the Lord…PEACE.

  7. I am grateful that you and the children were okay. What a scary thing that must have been. We must always look towards the miracles of life.

  8. Gosh, what an experience! Isn’t the body amazing though, after all that you say you walked out of the hospital just one week later. I am always humbled by the power of nature to repair and heal.

    Enjoy the journey!

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