Wednesday, July 22, 2009


As the week goes on, I find myself more and more in a haze. Right now, "patience" for me means something close to being listless, just pushing forward without knowing where we are going or why we are going there.
Jacob is still under; just a big waiting game. The only bit of news is to ask for prayer for whatever tomorrow holds - possibility of more debriedement, and possibility of a tracheoctomy. He is also still undergoing withdrawals from the medications. Fever, sweating, shaking, etc.
But prayer is also needed for us, constantly, as a community, as one body that we have come together as. Every member is equally as valuable as the next. Every member holds an integral role that the rest are dependent on, no matter how small or large it appears.
To whatever extent you are following Jacob's Journey, and to whatever extent you agree or disagree with what is said, no matter what opinions I or anyone else hold - we are all a part of this body. Something is happening in Santa Cruz County, extending to a worldwide network. I can't describe or explain it. But tonight, the benefit concert for Jacob, will be a monument and a testament to this "thing." (If you would like more info on it follow the link at the top of the page, or here.) It will be a landmark along the roadside of this Journey that we are on. It is a testament to what is happening. People who are both following others on this journey and people who have not yet heard Jake's story will be here... but as I said, all are equally as valid in this body. Even those who don't know what is going on and never will.

There is a youth group coming down for the concert from Turlock, CA. They are in the midst of doing a "missions trip" to their local community, camping out in the city where they live in order to reach out to those who they live with. They are trying to stress to the kids this idea of community, body, unity... and they have seen it in our community. Here in Santa Cruz. So they are bringing the kids to Rio del Mar beach, the site of the accident, praying with them and reading snippets of the blog. Then going to the concert.

The grace and Kingdom of God, this community, this body, this One-ness, is so far beyond the boundaries that we like to construct for it. It permeates all things. I breaks down the barriers that we as humans put up between people we disagree with or look down upon. It truly is a message of hope and peace to mankind, where people organize for the sake of love and nothing else. I mean, just look at what God does. He comes out of his holiness, out of his loftiness, breaking down ALL the barriers between him and humankind, just to be with us. To make his home with us:

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
"I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Isaiah 57

And this one-nesss is all because of love.

"This is like the days of Noah to me:
as I swore that the waters of Noah
should no more go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,
and will not rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,"
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54

Our whole body needs prayer. Needs support. Not just Jacob's Journey... just one story as an example:

Angelic Navarro (Santa Cruz, CA) wrote
at 2:02pm yesterday
Hello All!
"I'm asking for Prayer for a boy who was an active part of Jacob's Benefit Concert. His name is Vin Tong and he is 15 years old... He is a wonderful dancer as you can see for yourself in the link below. Vin is the one who begins the dance, he's on the left side of the screen.

I just found out, that last night after our last dance practice for Jacob's Benefit Concert, that Vin was hit by a car while riding his bike home. After spending the night in the ER they have discovered he has to undergo surgery for a fractured face.
Although Vin did not personally know Jacob, he helped me with his talents in editing the music, giving of his time for practice and meetings, and just unconditionally giving of himself towards Jacob's Benefit Concert Dance.
I humbly ask that as you pray for Jacob's Concert, and as you stand with all of us who are coming together as ONE, that you carry Vin in your hearts too.
Thank you!"

The Tong family has embarked on their own journey. So now I see, that Jacob's Journey, Vin's Journey, and all the other amazing stories I am hearing, are all part of the One Great Journey.



Anonymous said...

I don't know your family personally but I know others who do. I wanted to thank you for what you have been sharing on this blog. It is a great way for everyone to be a part of supporting Jacob and your family but also i have been personally touched by the Lord in reading the scriptures you have posted and how the Lord is working in you. Thank you for your openess and sharing with us.

Noree said...

Peace and blessings to you all, Robbie...The word miracle comes to mind when I read that the benefit tonight has totalled nearly 10,000 "hits" on their website. We will be there tonight..joining with so many others in prayer and thanksgiving for the "steps" Jacob has taken...every teeny tiny one...all with the Lord right along side of him.
We pray that tomorrow will be another successful surgery. We pray for peace for all of the Kirkendalls. We pray...all of us...each ONE.
Bless bless bless
Noree and family

einbildungskraft said...

the three dancers are SUPERLATIVE, as seen on the link provided in the entry--play the song for Jacob-- I send love and encouragement today to both young boys.