Lauren Scruggs recovering and God had nothing to do with it

The story of Lauren Scruggs’ accident is a terrible one.  The very idea of walking face first into a turning airplane propeller makes one wince in sympathetic pain and fill with compassion for this beautiful girl and her caring, tortured family.

The parents of children who read this story will be thankful it wasn’t their child and will always think it could never happen to them anyway.  That’s something that happens to other people. It couldn’t happen to them.  They are God fearing Christians who always do the right thing.  So was the Scruggs’ family.

It is true that losing a child is indescribable pain that will torture the most hardened of souls and is a burden to be carried for a lifetime, but to see a child disfigured and perhaps even losing cognitive function is also a terrible burden, and it happened to the family of Lauren Scruggs.

This, and worse, has happened to soldiers serving in foreign lands, and to the police officers and firefighters serving here in America.  Sadly, there is little national or international coverage of these incidents.  War and cops are necessary evils, and death and dying part of the job.  C’est la vie.

Finally, the Scruggs’ are good Christian folk.  They are thanking God every day for the advances in Lauren’s recovery.  They are praying and asking the world to pray for her continued improvement.  Naturally they aren’t wondering why God helped that hapless young girl walk into a spinning propeller.  No.  That was God’s will, his wonders to behold.  Amen. The fact is if God can help her God could have saved her and she and the propeller would have never had that terrible face to face meeting.

Here are some comments by the family:

“Earlier in the week, we requested prayer for Lauren’s facial nerve, and it appears prayers have been answered!” reads a post from Saturday on, the site the injured 23-year-old model’s family uses to update well-wishers on her condition. “Lauren is able to smile and lift both eyebrows on her own, such a miracle!”

Her family updated the site late Monday to post about continued improvements, writing, “Lauren was able to walk on her own today, such a miracle!”

“Praise the Lord, Lauren’s pain is much more manageable today!” the post reads. “Thank you so much for the prayers! She has been eating some of her favorite foods today, sweet potatoes and hard boiled eggs!”

The family has been using the site since Lauren’s accident as a way of informing supporters of her milestones. They are now asking for prayers to focus on her left eye, which she could lose due to extensive damage sustained in the incident.


lauren scruggs and god

Due to the number of surgeries Lauren will need, her parents have set up the Lauren Scruggs Hope Fund to raise money to help pay for her medical bills. Donations can be made at Lauren’s CaringBridge site.  Get well Lauren.  I’m confident you will do it with the love and support of your family.  God really has nothing to do with it!

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7 Responses to Lauren Scruggs recovering and God had nothing to do with it

  1. Bob Keller Reply

    December 15, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Mike, you simply couldn’t possibly be more wrong. God has everything to do with Lauren’s recovery. Perhaps not the narrow vision of god you so regularly ridicule, but the larger, more beautiful and more powerful fabric of life that binds us all together. Your post today is part of that fabric.

    Best wishes this Holiday Season.

    • Erin N. Reply

      December 15, 2011 at 8:09 am


      Can you explain then why God let her walk into the propeller in the first place?

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      December 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Bob there is no God. I agree there is a larger more beautiful, powerful fabric of life, but it does not rest with some mythical creator. Life gives and life takes away, not a deity.

      Best wishes to you and yours also my friend.

  2. lindsay Reply

    December 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Sorry Mr. Keller but if you are talking about some “god” I have to go with what Mr. Scott and Mr. Nanasi said. If there was/is a god then he/she/it is a cruel and vengeful entity that is not caring about the things that happen to us little people.

  3. Carlita C. Reply

    December 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I can hardly bear to read this story. I have a friend who knows Lauren and she tells me she is the sweetest ever. I agree no God can help but the faith their family derives from thinking that is a treasure and if it helps her more the better for it.

  4. Jess Reply

    December 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Let God pay her medical bills if he can, they shouldn’t need to set up a fund for her amirite? AYUP I totally went there. I’m biting my tongue on the rest of my statement because it’s nasty, even for me.

  5. Bill Formby Reply

    December 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I go back to my same old message. If there is this all powerful God I am sure he has much more to do than watch over individuals walking into airplane propellers. However, I think that whatever one chooses to believe in, it it brings them peace of mind I think it is great and wonderful for them if they don’t expect everyone else to believe in it as well.

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