Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Peace and Hope

As we wind down this evening, there is a sense of peace and hope. Fustrated that Jake is not awake yet and longing to have him talk to us, we continue to wait. Jake is resting right now-peaceful. Earlier as he moved about it seemed like he wanted to jump out of bed. I stroked his brow and held tight to his strong left arm. I gently lifted his left eyelid and spoke to him asking him to open his eyes. His right eye also opened slightly and I felt there was a distant recognition. It may have been my delusion but there is at glimmer. Thanks for continuing to pray and praise and worship the Lord with Jake on your lips and in your hearts. May tomorrow night be a concert of praise to our King.


Anonymous said...

'Holy, Holy, Holy, merciful and mighty! God in three persons, Blessed Trinity.' Dear Debbie, Tom, Robbie, Jacob and Jensen- We have been praying constantly to our compassionate and gracious Lord for Jacob's healing. We praise God for his mercy, love and compassion. Your faith and trust in the Lord inspire us to open our hearts and minds to be more aware of God's presence. (Robbie, your knowledge & depth of insight of God's love is amazing and a tribute to your parents'guidance.) We will continue to lift your requests to the Lord, the sustainer of our souls.

The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)

Mark & Mariann Eichhorn, and kids: Kevin, Brian (classmate of Jacob's since GVCS), Steven, Sarah & David

Rebecca said...

I have been reading your blog and praying every day for all of you. I have been on a journey revisiting a time when like you I stood at the bedside of my infant daughter. She was completely paralyzed and unable to respond, move or eat on her own. She breathed and that was sufficient for me. We waited and did not know how long or if and God stalked those halls with me. He sustained me and as I see in your experience he let me pound his chest and scream, then fling myself into his lap to be held. But he was always there, no matter my state. We waited and watched for signs...of anything...then one day, without warning my baby threw her arms over her head, tucked her little legs and stretched...then went back to laying there limply. We all looked at each other to verify what we had seen, then pandemonium broke out in the NICU. She was getting better, the paralysis was going away. That moment is locked for eternity in my mind as a gift from God. I wait with you and pray for the coming moment with Jacob. I pray for God's great mercy and grace to hold you until then and through the days to come. He will. I know. Jacob we all wait to welcome you back from where you have been and go with you into the future. God, we wait on you. Encourage their hearts and give Jacob overwhelming strength. In Jesus I pray.

Anonymous said...

You do not know me, but I have been reading your blog and praying for all 5 of you, since Day 5, when my sister in law Noelle Henderson told me of your scenario and blog. I am amazed at your openness of pain, and depth of dependence on God...that you can share it so articulately. You all are an encouragment to us, because we all have been or are in 'crises' mode right now. I have taped on my computer this verse: Ps. 27:12-14---I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD. Be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Unfortunately we all hate waiting!!! Mostly because we do not know what the outcome will be! Last year's promise that got me through a crises was: Ps. 16:8 - Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken (and I was literrally shaking!) Thus, my prayer for you all is that you will continue to see that 'God is closer than you think', that He is in control, and that He is at your right hand, comforting you so that you will not be shaking! and I pray for Jake many times a day, for total and complete healing. From one of thousands, who are praying for you deeply and earnestly on our knees!!
Liz Cilker

Anonymous said...

The first time my mom, sister, and I read Jacob's story in the paper, the first article, it brought us on the verge of or to tears. My mom is a single parent with no help what so ever from my father so she can't even begin to imagine what she would do if this happened to one of us, her children. You, as Jacob's parents and as people, are so strong. I have never met anyone from the Kirkendall family, but I admire every one of you for keeping your faith and strengh through this horrible and trying time. My prayers go out to all of you, Jacob in particular, for God to bless him with his health once again and a speedy recovery. I am so excited about the benefit concert happening tonight and I hope all in attendance can come together and raise lots of money for this great cause. Good luck and stay strong because God is with you today and always!