Friday, July 3, 2009

10:30 Friday Night

10:30 Friday Night

Tomorrow being the 4th of July is often a busy night at the Burn Unit. We have had the privilege of being around some of the most amazing people. Each one is unique in stature, nationality, personality etc but they share a passion, heart, and special ability to provide care - physical and emotional - in a most traumatic situation. We are tremendously thankful for them: doctors, nurses, technicians, maintenance workers as they brace for more who need their attention.

As we have read some of the comments and messages we are receiving, we are thankful for you who are joining us on this journey. Some are losing sleep to pray for us; getting up through night to check on Jacob. Wow. We are humbled - so unworthy of such caring and devotion for Jacob. We were told from the beginning eat well, drink water, exercise, sleep. Your faith and sacrifice helps me to sleep. Thank you seems so inadequate. But I need to thank you; every time I think of you I am compelled to thank the Lord for you and your ministry of love to Jacob and to us.

As the doctors spoke to us after the surgery, there was sense of relief. I was also was also overwhelmed: there is a lot more to come on this journey.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4 NKJV

James, the brother of Jesus, knew trials of various kinds. Though I do not understand, though I am scared, though have never felt such pain - God is with me and the chorus of voices of the kingdom of God is quite beautiful. It is quite unbearable to watch Jacob go through this and to think of what is to come but the God of grace is with us.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Now lets all get some sleep. We will need our strength for tomorrow God will be up watching over our boy.

Jacob's stats are good - he is resting.

Goodnight Jacob. Sleep well, my son. I love you, Daddy.


thebodygarage said...

So glad surgery went well... will pray myself to sleep again. Love you all... ~Stephanie

Donna said...

Your words show a wonderful trust and love for our Father. He is a good God and always desires the best for all of His children. The bond of love within a family is incredible.

I am truly sorry for what Jacob and all his loved ones are going through. You are all amazing and the body of believers are behind you in prayer; for the gift of Jacob that God has given you.

My prayers are with all of you.

Rex said...

I thank God for your steadfast faith. I have been and will continue to wrestle with God in prayer throughout the day for you all. Our family stands alongside yours.


Mediical Pathway Classes said...

I just heard of Jacob's story. to his family I would like to say you have an amazing son. I was his Medical Tech teacher and the coord of the program. I had the pleasure of teaching Jacob several times when the regular teacher was out. I understand the overwhelming responce you must be getting. But if there is anything I can do, please get in touch.

Heather said...

Debbie, Tom, Jensen and Robbie,

We check with trepidation and read with relief each update. Our hearts are filled with thanks for each little improvement. What a strong person Jacob is to continue to fight. Our family is thinking of you all constantly and sending you so much love. I'm glad you can feel it from all your friends and family and that it helps to buoy you during this journey. Debbie, Hannah is sending you the biggest hug...she hopes you feel it. What amazing strength and faith your family has....we are in awe.

Much love to you all,
Heather, Tim, Joe and Hannah

catherined233 said...

Hey Kirkendall Family,
we are keeping watch on Jacob's condition and always thinking about him and praying for him. We are happy to hear good reports and will continue to see God's work as he heals. He is such a blessing and he is so blessed to have such a caring, loving family to accompany him in this journey. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Catherine Dixon

Mari said...

After hearing of Jacob's successful surgery yesterday and reading your post last night that his stats were good & Jacob was resting, such a feeling of peace came over all of us for the first time since Sunday night! We know this journey will have many twists & turns, but we have seen God's miraculous hand of healing on Jacob already and know now that God is indeed hearing our prayers across the nation and we can continue to rest in His power as we diligently pray for each step of healing in the days ahead! Thank you for allowing us on this journey with your amazing family and for all your detailed & heartfelt & inspiring updates. Our hearts break with you and we hold all of you up in prayer also, knowing that we can't even come close to the intense agony you feel in your hearts continually. As a parent of a son Jacob's age, we can only imagine. And as Chris's close friend who we so enjoyed having around, Jacob had become like one of our family too. We can't wait to see that big heart & smile back again!!! Love & peace & blessing to you.

To Jacob: We love you Jacob, and will continue to walk with you and your awesome family through this incredible journey of faith! Stay strong! Keep fighting! Never give up! We are here for you and can't wait to see you back in our daily lives and on a surfboard again!:D xoxo

Brad, Mari & Chris King

Eph. 3:14-21
For this reason I kneel before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and on earth is named.
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Rebecca said...

We will intercede for you all throughout the day. God takes no holidays or time off so He is on the job today and he is still listening to our prayers. In Him, Becky

thebodygarage said...

Still praying...