On January 23, 2014, my son, Corion D’Shawn Reed, at twenty-six years old, was rushed to the hospital in sudden cardiac arrest and coded in the emergency room. The ER staff worked to resuscitate him for more than an hour. The doctor said he wouldn’t shock him again, and I fell to my knees and prayed beside the gurney. He said, “I will shock him once more. Everyone to move away from the bed.” I turned to the wall to talk to the Lord. I said, “Lord, if it be your will, then I surrender to your will, but I truly believe that he can be a testimony to your kingdom.” The doctor shocked him, and the machine started beeping. His heart was beating once again.
Corion lived for six (6) years after this incident, and over the years, he shared many things with me that I didn’t understand. Despite kidney failure, global anoxic brain injury diagnosis, and gastro (stomach) issues, he thrived. The doctors suspected that the brain injury would cause him to be a vegetable and told us he would never be the same. But I had read an article in the waiting room about a man who was told his son would never be the same after sustaining a brain injury from a car accident. The father said to them, “He won’t be the same. He’ll be better.” I believe God sent me that word to encourage me, as He sent me many more after that. Corion was far from a vegetable. He was not the same; he was better.
As a matter of fact, he said to me later that same year, “MA! Write everything down. We gone change the world.” This book is a compilation of the many things Corion said to me, questions he asked, and how he and God brought me to a greater relationship with the Lord. My faith is greater, our family is stronger, my heart is better.
God has a purpose and a plan for all of us, no matter the situation or circumstance. He does not want us to live in fear and self-doubt. His word says, “For I know the plans I have for you; not to harm you; to give you hope and a future.” I have learned that we can take Him at His word.
This memoir is my attempt to share many special moments I had with Corion, framed by God’s holy word. After Corion transitioned, I felt a strong anointing, and God began to pour out the interpretations of those moments into my spirit. I began to recognize how our journey had been framed by scripture.
I’d always known that this was bigger than us because God shared that with me early on, but the glory of it all must be shared as I’ve been instructed. I pray His glory is revealed through my obedience to His word.
This is our story.
11/16/2014 (social media post) I am sincerely thankful to all of you who have allowed me to share my pics and this awesome day. Corion D’Shawn Reed is constantly trying to gain clarity and understanding of his "situation". Today he said to us with great sincerity that "God is REAL. He has everything laid out. You don't even have to wonder." I said boy don't make me shout he said gone and shout then. He told me and Robert that we "have a new person." I'll let the memory of this day carry me on thru. Please continue to pray for us as we pray for you. #watchGodwork #prayerworks #newlife