Back again, with another character for you to “meet” on this blog! Ezra is one of the main characters of the book, Live Without You, by Sarah Grace Grzy, a book I highly, highly recommend.
It was amazingly sweet, and nothing like a Hallmark movie.
It was about broken people and a Redeemer who is able to mend the broken pieces back together, for His glory.
It is about trusting and believing and understanding the Lord has a plan for each of our lives, even when the path is bumpy and we can’t see where it is leading.
Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.
For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?
Today, I am going to introduce you to Ezra. One of the main characters who is so empathetic, who wants to just be able to fix everything and make everything alright again, but who knows for that to happen, he has to step out of the way and let the Lord guide and lead. He is broken himself, searching for answers, and filled with guilt, and is one of the people who is able to influence Piper’s life and show her what a Christian looks like when they have absolute trust in their Heavenly Father.
Hello Ezra! I am happy to have you on this blog today! Was there a particular reason you decided to be a paramedic, or just because?
Yeah. Initially, it was what Paul planned to do, and was very passionate about, so since I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, it made sense to follow in his footsteps. But it quickly because clear to me that that was what I wanted to do with my life. I love helping others and being able to share about God’s love with them, so this job was a perfect fit for me.
I’m sure you have many opportunities in this line of work to witness to others of Christ’s love! What a wonderful job!
As an EMT, I’m sure you get many interesting calls. Do you mind sharing one with us? Haha, yeah, we definitely get some pretty interesting calls. One time dispatch got a call from a very desperate sounding lady, but they weren’t able to get much information from her. Ty and I arrived first at the scene and turns out this sweet – but frantic – old lady’s turtle had escaped from his cage and climbed under her couch, and she wasn’t able to move the couch to rescue him. She clearly loved that turtle. I’m just glad it wasn’t a more imperative emergency. ;)
A turtle?!?! That’s hilarious!
Throughout the book, we see you, for some unknown reason, always walking through the snow. I’m a southern gal, and we seldom ever have snow — the most we’ve had was 6 inches, and that was a first in about 20 years for where I live. What is your favourite thing to do in the snow?
Long walks with Piper and a cup of coffee is definitely top of the list. ;)
Now I’m going to get nosey. Do you have a favorite memory of you and Piper that you wouldn’t mind sharing with us?
Hmm, that’s a hard one, because I treasure all the memories I’ve made with Piper! I guess one of the top ones would be when she called me to tell me she’d accepted Christ. I felt like my chest would I explode, I was so happy for her. It’s a really great feeling. :)
I wish I could have listened in on that call!
You have learned so much in your life, Ezra. What is one thing you want people to take away from your life story? There is always hope – even on the darkest day of your life. It’s there. You just need to reach out for it.
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Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.
A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.