Two years ago, we were faced with heartbreaking news and I wrote this POST asking for prayers for our friend Michael Einfeldt who had been in a horrible car accident. I spent some time tonight rereading the details of those first days when things were so uncertain and the struggles hard to bear.
Michael would spend 3 months up in the ICU at Stony Brook Hospital, enduring many procedures and surgeries which would eventually help stabilize him to prepare him for the next step.
In the year to follow, he would move up to live at a Rehab with a wing that specialized in Traumatic Brain Injury. He’d go on to experience a few other rehabs before settling in one on Long Island.
The students in our Youth Group were greatly affected by Michael’s accident. But they were faithful in their love for their friend and would do all they could to continue to love and support him in many ways.
Michael’s family were constantly by his side in those early days, and this was something that would continue throughout the next two years after his accident.
There is something to be said, for a family that lives out such an incredible love.
Michael has been so blessed in the area of family and that is something that has remained so beautiful to this day.
The other day, our son asked about how Michael was doing. He also asked why something so bad would happen to someone who did so much good. And to be honest, I didn’t know the answer to that question. There are lots of questions that I’ve asked in the years since Michael’s accident. And many questions have remained unanswered. But I do also know that none of us know how our lives will turn out. And I do know that for me, that is encouragement to spend my days doing as much good as I can for as many people as I can. Because that is a life not wasted. Michael worked hard and lived out an incredible life and I believe that is why we’ve all been so touched by his story.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been two years. Just under two years ago, Michael was in our living room, for Living Room (which is our Sunday night teen small group). Tonight, we met up again, for the same group (though different faces were there).
And at the end of the month, we’ll take another amazing group of teens to Breakaway, which is another place that we had great memories with Michael when he was in our youth group. And I suppose that these things remind me that through the worst of tragedies, life eventually continues on.
And I write all this to say that life has continued on for Michael. And good changes are on the horizon. Michael’s family is currently working on bringing him home for good. He’ll eventually live at home in his beautifully renovated room where he’ll be able to be with his family while continuing to receive the support and care that he needs. He’s thankfully been stable and it’s our prayer that he will stay that way so that he can come home to Eastport very soon.
I shared this verse in one of the posts I wrote a few years ago as Michael was going through some tough times. The beginning shares how “They cried out to the LORD in their trouble and he brought them out of their distress.” It seems like there was a lot of crying out to the LORD in those earlier days. But tonight, different words stuck out to me. I love how it says, that “They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.” Two years later and I know that Michael’s desired haven, is home and we pray that that is where God will bring him to be with his amazing family.
If you are reading this and you have followed Michael’s Journey since his 2016 accident, thank you. Thank you for your thoughts and for your prayers. Thank you for the love and support that you have poured out for this amazing young man and his family. And if you are willing, in honor of Michael’s two year anniversary, I’d love to ask you for a favor. Either in the comments here or through Facebook, Would you share two things? First, who you are and how you know Michael and second, either one way that Michael’s journey has touched your life or just some words of encouragement for him. I would love to make a compilation to put together to share with the Einfeldts and your help in this would be greatly appreciated.
Please, if you are willing, take time to share. I know it would be a great encouragement and one way that you could help to bring goodness and beauty into the lives of Michael’s family.