"I think I'll take Garrett's bike out for a ride," Mark called as he left the house. He revved up the motorcycle engine and headed toward Green Oaks. But there, not a mile from home, everything changed. A car screamed through a red light, crashing into Mark and the motorcycle, throwing him more than 20 feet to land on the unforgiving concrete. And Mark walks no more.
Now, three months later, Mark is finally home from the hospital, the house has been renovated to accommodate his wheelchair, and the family struggles to adjust to a new life. As friends and family have rallied around, Mark has brought music into all our lives.
One Sunday morning I talked with my husband about how we could help. Friends were selling rubber-band bracelets embossed with "Make Your Mark" to help fund the house renovations. We had $200 in cash left over from our family vacation, so we decided to spend it on five bracelets (actual cost $10). We felt the Lord's blessing upon that decision. When Maria, Mark's wife, received the money, she cried...she had been praying for help, and it came.
When Michael, my husband, learned that Mark would still have some use of his arms and hands, he decided to order a very fine harmonica for our friend. Mark has played harmonica for years and a really nice instrument might lift his spirits. Finally, after weeks of waiting, the harmonica arrived. We took it to Mark on Saturday. He immediately began playing "We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet," his eyes filled with tears. "It's the best present I've received," he said.
Serving others brings joy and music to the soul. Words are inadequate to express my feelings about our friend, but he has brought music to our hearts and I hope we have created a beautiful melody for him as well.