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“For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NRSV

This is a passage that most are familiar with, and one that I’m sure you have seen many times. For me today, this passage has a great impact.

I turned 30 today. I know that in the whole grand scheme of things, 30 really isn’t that old. I still have many miles to go, but looking back, it has been quite a journey.

I was born January 15, 1986, 13 weeks premature. Like most premature babies I had underdeveloped lungs and was required to be put on a vent. Another common trauma faced by many preemies are brain bleeds. I was no exception, and suffered a significant bleed in the right hemisphere of the brain.

Through many ups and downs, and after what my parents described as a long 3 months to wait, I was finally able to go home.

Short of six weeks later after my homecoming, a common virus sent me back
into intensive care with a collapsed lung, where I declined quickly. My parents were told that they had a very sick child who was in imminent danger.

However, as you may have guessed, this was not the end of the story.

After several long weeks in hospital, I was finally able to go home. Wonderful things were to follow, but as life happens, not everything was perfect. As a direct result of complications at birth, I would later be diagnosed with a disability. I have had tremendous help with great doctors and therapists, and I have learned to circumvent and thrive beyond these obstacles.

And you know what? I made it this far. I have been here for 30 years. 30! It’s unbelievable to me on some days, especially today. And that is something to be celebrated. I certainly do not know what God’s master plan is for me, but I will be here to find out. I am so grateful for the gifts that I have been given, and for being able to live completely independently, despite such a beginning.

Thanks be to God.

Nicole Grieve

About Nicole Grieve

I’m a Parish Administrator serving The Church of Saint Bartholomew in Sarnia, Ontario. Besides serving such a wonderful parish, I love spending time with my family, coffee, and serving in children’s ministry.

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2 Responses to What are the odds?

  1. Nicole, we’re glad you are here. I find that sometimes, the best way to discern where God is calling us is to look around at where we already are. And sometimes, that can be pretty hopful! Happy birthday!

  2. Nicole Grieve

    Thank-you Jesse! I agree with you 100%!

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