Prayers for Bono After Bike Accident
As reported in Rolling Stone and neatly summarized here on atU2.com, Bono, the lead singer of U2, had a serious bicycle wreck in NYC after he swerved to avoid another cyclist. Although it’s not life threatening and he is expected to recover fully, it’s a brutal injury, as quoted from Rolling Stone:
On November 16th, Bono was involved in a high energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider. Presented as a Trauma Alert to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Emergency Department, his Trauma Work-up at that time included multiple X-rays and CAT scans showed injuries that include:
1. Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye.
2. Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces.
3. Left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces. He was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.
4. One day later, he had surgery to his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.
He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected.
It’s odd how an artist can become such a part of your life that they feel like family — even when you’ve never met them.
Bono — through the music he’s co-created with his band mates in U2 — have been a part of some of the most significant moments of life.
This is not a rare phenomenon. We all feel that way about our favorite artist, writer, performer, etc.
So in an odd familial way I feel an obligation to pray for U2 whenever they’re going through something challenging. This isn’t the first time in recent years that Bono has had a major injury. In 2010, he basically broke his back, and a major leg of the 360 tour had to be rescheduled.
So, here’s my prayer for Bono:
Lord, I pray that You will encourage Bono and his family. I pray Your presence will be in his hospital room, and that he will heal much more rapidly than expected. Thank You for the way You’ve used U2’s music over the years to encourage me during some of my darkest trials. Please bless Bono during this time. In Jesus’ Name, amen!
As a result of the accident, U2 had to cancel its week-long residency on Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy, ever the talented musician, went to his Plan B: play a U2 cover with his band The Roots. Watch the video at top to see Jimmy channel his inner Bono.