Friday, June 4, 2010

Coach Charlie Wedemeyer

Coach Charlie Wedemeyer was an Inspiration (click for SJ Mercury article)
~ they should change the title to IS and inspiration ~ 

Several times during Jacob's Journey I thought of this family and their journey. He was my high school football coach and was an incredible man with an incredible gift and testimony. I thought of his wife Lucy who had hurt her neck and lifting her husband in and out of bed as we helped Jacob in and out of bed. We did it for a few months - the Wedemeyers did it for almost 30 years. What an encouragement to know that God's hand was on them and that in the midst of suffering God's presence sustained them.

Coach is walking, singing, running, throwing, loving in the Presence of the object of his faith.

"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation of everyone who believes... For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written, "The righteous will live faith."" Romans 1:16, 17

Tom (daddy)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

He did it!!!

Jacob's Journey, as we have called this, took an incredible pause for celebration today. I got to the Cabrillo College stadium early. The Jr High graduation had just ended and I was totally confused by all the people. No robes, boy they look young. Ahh not seniors but 8th graders. I called Jake. "Where are you." I was hoping to connect and hang out before his graduation. "I am at the beach, do you have any food?" He wants to be on his own unless I am going to feed him. :) Typical teenager.

It was a great day. The principal summarized some of the accomplishments of the class: sports championships, academic accomplishments, and charitable contributions. He also mentioned something about Jacob Kirkendall being present to graduate. There was also the word miracle in there but I could not really hear as I was sitting in between Debbie and her sister Julie - the noise was deafening. I teared up a bit and almost lost my contact and as I tried to stand to join in the noise - I got whacked in the head. Nice, awesome, perfect. I will get the video.

It was incredible to consider - strike that - it is still incredible to consider all that Jake has gone through - all that we have gone through - where we still could be right now and yet he did it. He finished his senior year in the midst of over 4 months of hospitalization, several months of rehab, surgeries, etc etc etc. I guess you all know all that - in fact you are all so much a big part of this. I was so blessed today to meet more people for the first time that have been following Jake's journey and have been praying for us. Wow, what a privilege. I always feel so inadequate just saying thank you. There is so much much to say "thank you" for.

Way to go Jake.