AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY OF MASON, TEXAS
On October 28, 2009 our daughter, Bethany, was involved in a one-car rollover accident on Highway 377 while trying to avoid a deer. She was giving her friend, TJ, a ride home from school. From the moment we received that phone call no parent ever wants to receive, God took control to place people of Mason exactly where they needed to be. We would not attempt to name all of those special people who stood with us those first few hours, but you know who you are. Prayers went up, phone calls and text messages went out, and we began to feel that peace that passes all understanding.
It is a true miracle that Bethany and TJ are with us today and back at school. The other miracle is how God is using what could have been a tragedy to minister to us through the folks in this community. We have received messages from people we don’t even know telling us they were praying for us. Mason businesses, concerned citizens, area churches and their ministers and members have reached out to support us and prayed for us. Church pastors and youth leaders even drove to San Antonio to be with Bethany and pray with us.
God arranged just the right people to be on the accident scene immediately to care for Bethany and TJ. From the first two men on the scene within minutes to the EMS personnel, to the medical personnel on the lift-flight helicopter, all played a vital role in getting the children to where they needed to be.
We are overwhelmed with the response from the students at Mason High School. They have showered Bethany with love, prayers, well wishes, and gifts. They have called, texted, visited and supported her in ways that only teenagers can. We won’t attempt to name every student at both the high school and the junior high school that has reached out to Bethany with prayers and support, but you know who you are and all we can say is “Thank you and may God bless you.” The community of Mason needs to know just how special their children are. We are so impressed by their calmness, maturity, and level of responsibility in a very difficult situation. Parents, please acknowledge this in your children and let them know how proud you of them.
Finally, to the citizens of Mason we would like to express our gratitude. We are new to the community and are humbled by your response to our needs. You are truly reflecting the Spirit of Christ when you reached out to us. As newcomers to the community we could have been considered strangers and you could have passed on the other side of the road. But you have seen our need and ministered to us without thought of yourselves. This is truly the Spirit of Christ. We are blessed and honored to be a part of your community. Our goal now is to do unto others as you have done for us.
May God bless each of you.
Lee and Carol Bradley