By the Grace of God
Good Morning!! For by the grace of God .......I have thought about these words so much lately. ......When tragedy hits like a 2x4 and you are a child of God, you know it is by the grace of God that life continues but it takes awhile to get to this phrase. A couple of years ago, my dad calls and tells me news that broke my heart...."Mrs.M's grandson has been shot and killed(early 20's).....please be praying for them." Mrs. M's family was like my family growing up...we were very close. She was best friends with my mom and when she passed away she embraced my MJ (other new mom) just like she did my mom. We have done life with this family for 40 years......hearing the tragic news of a young man helping a friend and his life taken in an instant was heart breaking, my heart broken for his mom, kim. While my dad was in ICU last month Mrs M kept vigil with us around his bed, she full of life in everyway, I ask her how Kim was doing since her horrific loss....she begins a story I will never forget. She talks of her grandson and the decision kim made to donate his organs, not only would this families life be changed forever but strangers life's would also be changed, they would receive apart of this young man..... A while back Kim calls Mrs. M and says..."They keep writing letters and I do not want to know them, to talk to them, to meet them," they would be the organ receipients...they were expressing gratitude and thanksgiving to this grieving mom. One reciepient would not stop writing.....Kim called Mrs M and said..."she will not leave me alone, would you go with me to meet her?". Happy Beautiful Thursday and it is by the grace of God that healing began.......the heartache and loss didnt stop but living returned. This women's life was changed by this tragedy, insteading of being in the land of the "dying" she was able to regain her health and life and live in the land of the "living". She lives in another state and is in ministry at a church....they did not know how she was infected with a disease but they did know without "new" vital organs she would die.....can you imagine her testimony? and so life has been tough lately but not as tough as these 3 ladies...and they all claim, "By the grace of God" they are all still standing, out of tragedy and loss and friendship has been formed where lives were shattered, there was life renewed & that is only by the grace of God!
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I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.