I’m standing there [on the roof of Shore Memorial Hospital] thinking, this is where I’m going to fall through …
A week before her son Win graduated from high school, Mary Hopkins received the kind of phone call every parent dreads. A nurse from Atlantic City’s Shore Memorial Hospital called to inform her that Win had a broken neck, the result of a serious car accident. Mary attributes his eventual recovery in large part to an “angel,” an off duty medic who showed up at the scene of the accident and accompanied the family on their nightmarish journey.
The drama of Win’s accident is amazing. Standing on the roof of Shore Memorial Hospital on a sunny day with the whir of the helicopter blades, Win on a stretcher being loaded in by people, and I tried to climb in after him and they said: “No no no no. You can’t go. We can only take a nurse with him.“
I’m standing there thinking—this is where I’m going to fall through to the none, no place in my experience, place.
At that moment my angel was there. He came up to the roof and was standing there with me as Win took off in a very unstable situation to fly to Jefferson Hospital Trauma Unit to have his surgery, to have his neck surgery. All the time he was flying he was unstable. Any kind of sudden movement could have paralyzed him.
At that moment I had the presence with me, the presence of this angel. I needed someone there. My family was waiting in the car to quickly drive me to Jefferson. But I was on the roof, and there was the presence with me.
In looking back on that, that was just another epiphany that strengthened my belief that God really is with us in experience like that, in the presence of surprising people. You never know.
At the moment, obviously, when it was happening, the drama took precedence over my thinking anything on the spiritual level. But looking back I realize that that was the presence of God, the grace of God. We were surrounded by it, in peoples” prayers, in people’s reaching out to us when we got home.
It was all there. It was God’s grace surrounding us in His supporting love.
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This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.