Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Joe and Laura Hays are an amazing young couple, full of faith and a desire to see the work of Christ spread in NYC. Not long ago, they started a church plant in Brooklyn, encouraged and supported by the wonderful Manhattan Church of Christ. But then Ira was born, and he's been in NICU for over four months. When you have time and a box of kleenex, catch up on the story of Ira Hays here. Go back through the past half year of blogs. I think you'll find insights about faith, lament, community, love, and grief that will enrich you. (Laura's poignant words of March 1 are not a bad place to begin. Remember that these are words of deep FAITH -- not unbelief! -- in the tradition of the psalms.) How do you pour your energy into a brand new church plant when your newborn son is struggling in ICU? Also, please check out this site, started by a family in Houston whose son, Noah Whaley, died this spring. There is a simple way to help share in the medical expenses that the Hays family is experiencing.


  • Thank you for supporting the Hays through your post - they are special people - as are both of their little ones.

    By Blogger Kate, at 8/17/2005 12:55:00 PM  

  • Thanks for posting the links. I spent my break reading several of the posts. I knew about the struggles of this young courageous couple and their newborn son, and have even prayed for them, but until today, had no idea that little Ira was the grandbaby of Joe and Glo Hays, which also makes him Katie and Lance's nephew.

    Joe and Glo live in Tahoka -- just down the road from us. Joe used to preach for the church there and Glo has been one of the best middle school principals in our region. They are no lightweights when it comes to courage and faith and neither are their kids.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 8/17/2005 02:09:00 PM  

  • Mike -

    I've been following the Hays's journey for several months now and it, indeed, is full of all of the things you mentioned - faith, lament, etc. And I remember Laura's words of lament, if you will, very well. But, I went back to March 1, which you referenced, and there was no post for that day, nor for the 1st of the month for any months following that matched what you described.

    I believe you are referencing her suffering words of JUNE 5. If not, they are worth reading and contemplating because they are so deeply felt and so spiritual and you can tell us if those are what you were thinking of or if it is something else.

    Thanks for telling about them here on your blog because their enforced journey is so worthy of following and caring about.

    By Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews, at 8/17/2005 05:14:00 PM  

  • It is hard to believe it's been almost 7 months ago that I found Mike's blog due to my desire to follow the updates of Chris and the others injured in the wreck back in January.

    I found Joe here just a few days later, clicked over to his blog and that's when I found out Laura was having a difficult pregnancy.

    It is truly an act of God that Ira has made it this far. As a praying bystander Joe and Laura's wonderful posts taking us through Ira's six surgeries and the daily highs and lows has stirred me.

    I would encourage everyone to purchase a bracelet and be in daily prayer for Ira, Joe, Laura and Sophia Hays (Ira's big sis).

    By Blogger KentF, at 8/17/2005 05:36:00 PM  

  • Dee - I just checked again, and I found the post at March 1, 2005. Thanks, Mike

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/17/2005 06:15:00 PM  

  • I'm sorry Mike. You're right. I'd inadvertently looked back to March 2004! Stupid mistake. But, Laura's post of June 5, 2005 is also a MUST READ in the journey they are on for all who have ever been parents and have gone through trauma with a child, as I have been and we all know YOU have been, too.

    Again - thanks for posting here today about the Hays.

    By Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews, at 8/17/2005 08:28:00 PM  

  • Dee, You're absolutely right. Thanks for the reminder about that June 5 entry.

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/18/2005 08:53:00 AM  

  • At your suggestion, I went to Joe Hays' blog and started reading from December 2004 and just finished his August posts this morning. What an amazing, inspiring and heartbreaking journey...that little guy is such a fighter. Thanks for the link and I will continue to follow Baby Ira's story and keep him & his family in my prayers.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 8/19/2005 06:00:00 AM  

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