by Duane Bemis

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Joy Comes in the Morning (1 of 3)
Series: Joy Comes in the Morning
Duane Bemis

Chapter One: My Story

I was sixteen and playing many sports in High School. I was involved in football, wrestling, and track and field. One day during wrestling practice, in my junior year, I was not listening to the coach but looking over the balcony at the cheerleader's practice.

The coach singled me out and said, "Bemis, are you paying attention?"

I quickly responded, "Yes, sir."

The coach called me on this lie and said, "Then come out here and show the team what we have been learning."

I stepped out on the mat and another wrestler who was paying attention, grabbed me and we began wrestling. He picked me up and since I was not listening I zigged when I should have zagged and I landed on top of my head. I heard a loud crack in my neck. The next thing I knew I was waking up off the mat and leaning on the bleachers. They told me I had been out for more than 5 minutes.

They took me to the doctor and he said I most likely just pulled some muscles and to take a couple of days off from practice. But I went home and for the next three weeks I was in so much pain every day. It seemed that no one believed me and then after three weeks my mother took me back to the doctor's office and this time they took x-rays. I had broken the tip of C-5 vertebra. This bone was broken and one small bones fragment was displaced. The doctor came out into the waiting room and sat with my mother and me. He told us he had some good news and some bad news. The bad news is your C-5 vertebra has a chip bone fragment on the tip of the bone where it protrudes and you can feel it here on your back. The good news is the bone is healing wonderfully. He then asked if I had returned to wrestling practice. I told him 'no' since I was in so much pain. He then explained that where the chip is would be very painful to wrestle or to even you're your head. Tell me how wonderful God is and how much grace ...

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