The Red Letter Disciple Episode 3

003: Rebekah Gregory on Surviving the Boston Bombing

On April 15th of 2013, Rebekah Gregory was attending the Boston Marathon. She and her son were three feet away when the bomb went off, and miraculously, God protected them both. Today she shares what she’s learned from this tragedy and how it’s forever changed her life. 

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Resources mentioned in the episode: 

Rebekah’s Angels

Rebekah’s Instagram

Rebekah’s TikTok

Here’s a great TikTok to introduce you to Rebakah’s sense of humor. 

Here’s another hilarious TikTok

Key insights from the episode: 

Rebekah Gregory

I believe it’s a privilege to struggle. – Rebekah Gregory

The emotional trauma had almost more of an impact than the physical trauma on me and my son. – Rebekah Gregory

There are very limited resources available to help kids work through PTSD. – Rebekah Gregory

It’s often where we’re most broken that our purpose is revealed. – Zach Zehnder

We’ve helped over 250 families receive therapy treatment for their trauma. – Rebekah Gregory

God makes good things happen out of the bad. – One of Chris’ mentors

Forgiveness isn’t for the other person. It’s for you.Rebekah Gregory

I wanted him to look at me. I wanted him to know that he didn’t defeat me. – Rebekah Gregory 

I got to stand in front of the biggest enemy of my life and tell him he didn’t win.Rebekah Gregory

Throw your expectations for your life out the window and appreciate what it is right now.Rebekah Gregory

Life is beautiful, and I’m very blessed. – Rebekah Gregory, amputee and survivor of the Boston Bombing.

Rebekah’s Challenge of the Week: Throw the expectations you have of your life out the window. Appreciate what you have right now. So, count your blessings, not your problems.

Lead yourself (and your church) to find freedom in forgiveness. Forgiving Challenge

Like Rebekah said in this interview, “Forgiveness isn’t for the other person. It’s for you.”

We’d love to help you and your church discover what freedom in forgiveness feels like by exploring the powerful forgiveness that Jesus offers to each and every one of us.

We’d love to introduce you to the 40-Day Forgiving Challenge.

The Forgiving Challenge takes you on a life-changing journey to experience the gift of God’s grace so that you can share it with others. It also helps you identify and walk through the five phases leading to freedom. 

You can learn more about the challenge here!

Some fun insights about Rebekah: 

Humor is key in Rebekah’s family. 

Rebekah’s first new leg was named Felicia. Every new leg Rebekah gets has its own name and personality. 

According to Rebekah, she’s on her last leg whether she likes it or not, so she’s going to have fun with it. 

Rebekah is the coolest robot mom on the planet!

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