June 8, 2015
Bryan and Lynn Koch are both pastors at Glad Tidings in Reading, PA. Last night, while riding their shared motorcycle on beautiful, winding, Pennsylvania, backroads they collided with an SUV. And just like that their lives are unalterably changed. Lynn's life, at age 53, is over. She died on impact. Bryan suffered internal as well as severe leg injuries and will never walk like he did before. His left leg was amputated past the knee. Their three sons went to bed last night changed young men. We must pray bitterness does not take root in their hearts.
Life is vaporous. Right now, these boys know this, their mom is gone. Their dad, in ICU, has no idea how vaporous. He is unaware of his widowhood. We must pray that God will spare their dad's life.
Life is stranger than fiction, and in this case it rings true.The irony of this accident, on this particular day, is found in a video clip on Glad Tiding's Facebook page. Bryan is introducing a First Responder Sunday to be held on June 7th. Little did he know that at 6:00 pm, Sunday, June 7th, 2015, he and his wife would be in desperate need of First Responders. In a work of fiction this would have seemed like a contrived detail that was too far fetched - simply unbelievable.
We can assume that Bryan and Lynn spoke of where they were headed on their motorcycle. They probably shared other insignificant bits of conversation back and forth and had no idea of their pending tragedy. Bryan and Lynn knew who held their future as they were enjoying their ride on that gorgeous Sunday evening. Lynn's life did not end yesterday but continued on in the kingdom of God which dipped into this life as well.
Bryan and the boys will never be the same, Lynn can never be replaced. Life is vaporous and we never know what the next moment will bring. One of my favorite quotes is "We cannot trace His Hand but we can trust His heart." (source unknown)