Mike Cope's blog

Saturday, January 29, 2005

I sent a letter to the editor on Wednesday. It hasn't been printed yet, they told me yesterday, because of all the interest in the Abilene cable television controversy. I'd hate to bump something so urgent. So, in case it never makes it, here it is: As a minister of the Highland Church and, much more, as the father of one of the children critically injured in the recent rollover on I-20, there are so many people I'd like to thank. First, I'm thankful for the competent emergency response team that cared for our children when we weren't there – along with strangers who stopped and then calmed and prayed for our kids. I'm also thankful for the amazing trauma team at Hendrick. They received our children, provided appropriate care, and did their best to comfort the frightened parents. I'm grateful for the support and encouragement of so many people of Abilene. But especially I'm thankful for our larger community of faith who held us up in prayer when we were too exhausted or frightened to pray. Our little band of three families at Cook's Children's Hospital felt that support of many local churches constantly. Pioneer Drive Baptist Church called Highland and asked if they could staff our nursery during Brody Bourland's funeral so all could attend. And then six churches – First Baptist, St. Paul United Methodist, First United Methodist, First Central Presbyterian, First Christian, and Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church – called to see if their teens and teen leaders could come pray for our church in its distress. There are no words to express what that means to me. After our son was dismissed from Cook's Tuesday, all children who had been hospitalized were officially home. But with a long road of recovery ahead for some of the kids and for the driver (a beloved woman from our church), it brings comfort to know that the prayers of believers from many churches will continue. Mike Cope


  • I have truly been blessed and humbled by the way I have seen this tragic event bring healing and comfort, as well as unity to a community of faith. Continued blessings to your family, as well as those who have been affected by this event. May that which has shaped our hearts continue to reshape this community of Christ followers.

    Thank you for your posts and the sharing of your thoughts during this time, and always.

    By Blogger Donald Philip Simpson, at 1/29/2005 06:30:00 AM  

  • Continued blessings to you and your family Mike. I hope this ends up getting printed in your paper. Peace.

    By Blogger kenny, at 1/29/2005 06:55:00 AM  

  • To Mike and family,

    Want you to know your First Central Presbyterian Church sisters and brothers continue to pray. We have not had a single gathering since the accident when we have not prayed for you, your family and your church. No easy answers, but behind the darkest of clouds the Son is shining.

    By Blogger Cliff Stewart, at 1/29/2005 08:12:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I wish there was a way we could share all the
    acts of kindness shown this past two weeks not only from Highland but from people all over Abilene and across the nation. The healing services, counseling sessions, food, cards, e-mails, and phone calls are but a few. There is a story behind each one of these acts.
    As you know, we are newcomers to Highland and the Abilene community and we cannot believe the love and concern shown to us and especially our son. Although he was not involved in the accident, he was one of the 7 who witnessed the accident.

    Our family is lifting up everyone involved in prayer, everyday. We pray especially that God give you and each family the strength to carry on. We also believe that this is a spiritual battle and pray that everyone remember that "the battle belongs to the Lord."

    As I think about this very life changing event, I am reminded of the song by Lanny Wolfe, "God's Family"...

    "We're part of the family that been born again;
    Part of the family whose love knows no end;
    For Jesus has saved us and made us His own,
    Now we're part of the family that's on its way home."

    "When a brother meets sorrow we all feel his grief;
    When he's passed thru the valley we all feel relief;
    Together in sunshine, together in rain,
    Together forever thru his precious name."

    "And tho some go before us, we'll all meet again;
    Just inside the city as we enter in;
    There'll be no more parting, with Jesus we'll be
    Together forever, God's family."

    "And sometimes we laugh together, sometimes we cry;
    Sometimes we share together heartaches and sighs;
    Sometimes we dream together of how it will be
    When we all get to heaven, God's family."

    In Him,

    Joe, Becky and Lucas Almanza

    By Blogger balmanza, at 1/29/2005 08:13:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    I'm so excited about the unity movement you're involved in among the Restoration movement. Praise God!!! But what I am more excited about is the unity movement in
    Abilene, TX that God initiated through the tragedy of the car accident. The first is breaking down walls among groups who looks similar anyway. The latter is breaking down walls between groups whose common denominator is JESUS! This is what's exciting! This is the kind of unity movement I long to be apart of. I pray that the communities of faith who are coming together because of the tragedy, their leadership (including Highland) will envision ways to further this unity of God's Kingdom as a whole!!!!

    By Blogger Todd Lollar, at 1/29/2005 11:17:00 AM  

  • Powerful stuff! Pain is a common denominator. May the source of all healing bring us together.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 1/29/2005 12:21:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    When I read about the accident and saw Chris' name, I remembered a passing encounter at Hendrick eleven or so years ago when I was preaching out at Roscoe. You and Diane were there late in the evening on one of several hospitalizations with another child who is now with Jesus. I thought then how strong the Lord must be to carry you through -- I may have said something like that in passing.
    I'm thankful that he's still that strong, and thankful for the encouraging prognosis for Chris, though a 12 year-old probably would define "encouraging" a bit differently.

    By Blogger Terry Danley, at 1/29/2005 04:09:00 PM  

  • Mike and Diane,

    Time and space are so insignificant in God's world. We have been hurting for you, praying for you and rejoicing with you in the past couple of weeks. Diane, I so appreciate you teaching me to take my concerns to God and to talk to him about anything I need. I remember praying with you for Chris before he was born. He was a precious gift to you then and, praise God, he has been given to you again. The Lord is faithful and he loves his children. May he bless you with peace and healing.



    By Blogger patty slack, at 1/29/2005 11:23:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 1/30/2005 06:59:00 AM  

  • This page took awhile to load, so i dont know if anyone else posted before I got the chance to type this up...

    I wanted to say that I'm glad everyone is doing better. Also, I can't believe what our society is comming to.. more emphasis on television than God.

    By Blogger Emily, at 1/30/2005 05:56:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 1/30/2005 06:05:00 PM  

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