Mike Cope's blog

Thursday, January 20, 2005

It's late Thursday evening and I'm bone-weary. But I have a moment at the computer to catch my blog friends up on what's happening here. We are officially out of ICU!! Chris has a slight fracture at the base of his skull (which will heal itself and is nothing to worry about we're told), a broken thumb, a couple broken ribs, and a broken L4 vertebrae. It will take quite a while to recover. But he will. Fully. Or so we're told by the doctors and so we're believing. We have a lot of work ahead of us which we're thankful to be facing. I'm getting ready to clear my calendar of all traveling for quite a ways in the future. I know the places I'm scheduled to speak will understand. (A friend of mine started the process today by calling the wonderful folks at Ozark Christian College, and he said they couldn't have been more understanding.) This afternoon, we shared the sad news about the death of his friend with Chris. He cried and then we prayed a prayer of tears. Not long after that, he got out of bed for the first time since he was placed on a stretcher somewhere on I-20 Sunday afternoon. With his neck brace and his back brace, he slid into his wheelchair. Then we went for a private meeting of Los Tres Amigos -- the three 6th grade boys from Highland who have been at Cook's together. They were all in ICU together; and now they're in regular rooms near each other. I'd have loved to have heard that conversation. How can we ever begin to say thanks for all the prayers, cards, comments, etc.? The Burleson Church of Christ, which I think I know nothing about, has provided dinner for everyone the last couple nights. People from Highland have been unbelievable. Dr. Jim? What can I say? You cared for our children in Hendrick ER and then came over with us to watch over their broken bodies for two nights (or maybe three -- the days are running together) -- letting the Cook's people do their thing, but becoming our translator and encourager. You were minister, pastor, and physician. We -- I -- will never ever forget it. Our road ahead will be long. After the others are gone, we'll be here for a while. But eventually we'll be back at home -- to share the joy and grief of others.


  • You write as well as you speak! The Houston family is praying for you and always thirsty for updates. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us that are hurting for you. We will continue to pray for all of you--for physical as well as emotional healing. Prayers from Abilene!

    Duwain & Carole Houston

    P.S. Our 6th grade son, Brantly, sends special greetings to his long-time friend Jon Westin. (thanks!)

    By Blogger Carole, at 1/20/2005 09:45:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    Thanks for taking the time to update us.

    Like Rob said at the funeral, we cannot possibly fathom why or how things like this happen, or delve into the mind of God when these things do. But already, in discussions I've heard about all over the place, this situation is already being used for good...if nothing else, it serves as a reminder that I am definitely a "not yet" person in terms of the Kingdom. I read a quote on someone's blog by MLK, that we're called upon to be the Good Samaritan, but we are also called upon to improve the road, so it is no longer a place where travellers are ambushed and injured. I only pray for more and more of God's inbreaking Kingdom, for the day when pain and suffering and death will be conquered!

    Thanks again for the update, all of our prayers are still with your family and all the others.

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 1/20/2005 09:46:00 PM  

  • Chris'update was like water to a parched throat. Wow. Isn't the body of Christ amazing?

    By Blogger Cindy, at 1/21/2005 04:52:00 AM  

  • I weep with a pain I have not known before. My prayers seem wordless yet powerfully heartfelt for the people who help make my daily life what it is. Brenden prays for his friends each night. Perhaps his words will be my own for now. I so love you.

    By Blogger jana beck, at 1/21/2005 05:23:00 AM  

  • Just a note to tell you that I have been praying for your son and the others. I am a friend of Kathy Morris and she posted the accident on one of my Christian chatboards. I'm so glad that your son is out of ICU and will continue to pray that the Lord will touch his injuries and heal them quickly. We don't know why these things happen and why the Lord takes so young a life, but I trust in God's judgment and look forward to heaven when all these things will be made clear. Once again I rejoice in your son's recovery and mourn with your church and the family at the loss of the young boys life.

    Linda from Akron, Ohio

    By Blogger Linda, at 1/21/2005 05:45:00 AM  

  • Well, again, the first thing I have to cry out is "Praise God!!!" Thanks so much for the update of Chris and the other boys, Mike. Stepping away from your family to be with us for just a moment is very special to us and means a great deal.

    Our prayers will not stop, however, simply because we've received some good news from you, and in addition to praying for you guys, are hearts are still heavy for the Bourlands.

    Again and as always, we love you guys!

    Zac, Connie, Brad, & Blake Muncy and Eloise Muncy

    By Blogger Zac Muncy, at 1/21/2005 06:11:00 AM  

  • Thank you for taking the time to keep all of us updated. I have met you on occassion and feel as if I know you well from your preaching and your writing. Your family at home and your church family are the focus of prayer for many people. May God provide you with an overwhelming sense of His presence and may your eyes continue to be open to all that He is doing for you.

    By Blogger Michael Keck, at 1/21/2005 06:36:00 AM  

  • Mike and Diane,
    Linda in Ohio is a precious friend that said on the aforementioned message board, at the end of her first posted prayer for those affected by this accident and that helped me so much: "We ask, "Why?" but trust in Your love for us."

    PTL for the good report on all three of the boys!! It's going to be a long haul, but remember we're here to help carry the load. I continue to pray for all involved, especially for the kids and their recovery - that it be quick, complete and as painless as possible. In the meantime, I continue to "trust in God's love for [all of] us."

    By Blogger Kathy, at 1/21/2005 06:39:00 AM  

  • Praise God.

    By Blogger Q, at 1/21/2005 06:41:00 AM  

  • I am glad to hear your son and the other boys are healing! When I read the list of the injured, my heart skipped a beat when I saw Thom Lemmons' son's name. I grew up in MO and attended church with Thom and his parents.

    I will continue to keep the kids in my prayers.

    By Blogger Karen, at 1/21/2005 06:45:00 AM  

  • YES-S-S-S-S-S!

    By Blogger Buster, at 1/21/2005 06:51:00 AM  

  • The elders of the Central Church in Topeka, Kansas have been praying for all the boys and families involved in the accident. We pray for a quick recovery!

    By Blogger dsc, at 1/21/2005 07:05:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Jim and I really appreciate your updates on Chris. We continue to pray for the 3 amigos at Cook and for the others who were involved and affected by this tragic accident.

    May God give you, Diane and Chris (especially Chris) stamina for the journey ahead.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 1/21/2005 07:07:00 AM  

  • I'm so glad to hear such great news.

    By Blogger Wade, at 1/21/2005 07:21:00 AM  

  • I received your last couple of postings from a third party and wanted to assure you and the Highland family of our love and our prayers. Julie Folwell's mother is a member of our congregation (Central) in Wichita, KS. She and Julie's younger sister, Patrice, are currently in Lubbock with her.

    Our prayers are for healing and recovery of body and of spirit for those who have suffered so much through this tragedy...HE IS ABLE!

    Yours by the grace of the Lord!
    Dennis Hogue

    By Blogger Dennis Hogue, at 1/21/2005 07:32:00 AM  

  • Mike and Diane:

    I do not have words to express how sorry we were to hear about the accident, or how relieved we were to hear that Chris is recovering. We are praying for Chris and for the rest of you. Please keep us posted.

    Ralph & Kathleen Bush

    By Blogger Ralph Bush, at 1/21/2005 07:46:00 AM  

  • Mike, I hope Julie Danley was able to give you a hug from me on Wednesday. You and your family are part of my constant prayers. I praise God you have such an amazing support system. May you continue to be blessed beyond measure.

    Teresa P

    By Blogger TKP, at 1/21/2005 07:48:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Your update and perspective is such a blessing. Thank you for taking the time to keep your blog friends current. It sounds like you are on the "Long and Winding Road" again. Thank you so much for sharing your journey of pain and faith and community. You often remind me of Nouwen's words:

    "Compassion means to come close to the one who suffers. But we can come close to another person only when we are willing to become vulnerable ourselves. A compassionate person says: 'I am your brother; I am your sister; I am human, fragile, and mortal, just like you. I am not scandalized by your tears, nor afraid of your pain. I too have wept. I too have felt pain.' We can be with the other only when the other ceases to be other and becomes like us." Henri Nouwen, Here and Now, 104-5

    Our prayers are with you and all those touched in any way by this tragedy.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 1/21/2005 08:31:00 AM  

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    By Blogger David Michael, at 1/21/2005 08:31:00 AM  

  • Mike and Diane
    While this time has been about healing, hurt, grief, Chris and the other Highland kids & families. I am struck by the overwhelming sense of community we have in Christ. Today while I was working out at Curves,(lots of women chatting breathlessly) a friend yelled to me over the crowd, "hey what is the latest on the Highland kids?" Between the prayer chains, emails, blog comments, one on one conversations and prayers - I am struck by how your family in God loves you. Blessings

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 1/21/2005 09:24:00 AM  

  • Already... but not yet. Hang in there, bud.

    By Blogger Val, at 1/21/2005 09:55:00 AM  

  • Thank you for update and we are thankful for his progress. Praise God!

    Steven & Terry Hanger

    By Blogger tlhanger, at 1/21/2005 04:12:00 PM  

  • Mike and family - I'm so glad to hear how well Chris is healing. My prayers will continue to be with you and the other families in the days to come. James Townsend (Longview, TX)

    By Blogger JRandolphT, at 1/21/2005 05:11:00 PM  

  • Hey Mike and Diane, this is Sheila. So glad the kids got to see you two today. Our Rachel was so encouraged by your hug, Diane.

    I am sure you know, but you are in our prayers and thoughts so often. After the visit, we went to the accident scene to let the boys, Levi being one of them, process what they saw from Larry's vehicle. It was a blessed time. We eagerly anticipate the time when they are all home.

    Three weeks ago I re-read the May/June 2003 New Wineskins on Grief and Faith and Doubt. Went back to it this week with new eyes. We grieve and lament and wonder "why" but we also rejoice with you, without guilt, as we look at the smiles of our sons. And we are thankful, still not understanding, but thankful, just the same.

    Our love and prayers,
    Sheila and Matt

    By Blogger Matt, at 1/21/2005 06:56:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    I'm sitting here in a room in the Country Inn Suites here in Fresno, less than a mile from the College Church of Christ. You are certainly missed in this place.

    Not to worry, though. A few sermons more and JW may just have the hang of this preaching thing.

    We're still praying, brother.


    By Blogger Brian, at 1/21/2005 10:29:00 PM  

  • God is so good to us.. I am so grateful for you and the highland community. Being able to witness only the actions mentioned in this blog and comments, my eyes are astonish. I am in Montevideo studying with ACU and almost wish I could be home and be a part of the community process. Know that we are praying for you consistently as a gorup and separately, and that you are in our thoughts. It is soooo good to hear things are improving! and thanks for the updates!

    By Blogger Phyllistene, at 1/22/2005 06:11:00 AM  

  • Mike & Diane - I've been wrestling all week with feeling like I needed to come and visit you in the hospital, but also feeling that I would be intruding. A phone call to let you know that I am thinking of and praying for you all, and the reminder that you are being overwhelemed with visitors at a time when you (all) need to rest and recover, was enough this morning to ease that need to reach out and help. I know you know that prayers are being lifted up all around the world. And there are hosts of people that would do anything that you need - just ask. Love you all and praying for healing for you all.

    By Blogger Jenni, at 1/22/2005 09:55:00 AM  

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