Whitney Cerak

We, the Cerak family, are elated beyond description at Whitney’s return home. It is so much more than we ever imagined three months ago.We would like to restate our plans of not speaking to the media. There is still much on the road to Whitney’s full recovery. We want to thank the media for the respect they have shown of our privacy in this time. And ask that the same courtesy given us would be extended to our family and friends.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

"But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear." Philippians 1:12-14

This portion of scripture written by Paul speaks to this entire event from the beginning and who knows where it will end. But the reason we quote it today is that we have seen that the things that have happened in, not only Whitney but, all those that have been affected by the tragedy, are things that have furthered the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has been and continues to be so amazing as to how God is using Betsy, Laurel, Laura, Brad, Monica as well as Whitney to cause others to come closer to God and in many cases meet Him for the first time. We see Him working through these lives and the families of these people to share the gospel message as did Paul. It has given to many the boldness to live for Christ, to share His love for them with others and to pray for all to come and experience the healing springs of God almighty.
We continue to pray for the families of those who were lost, praying for the Lord to keep them in the palm of His hands. Only God can truly shore you up.

Whitney had a hard time getting to sleep last night. Finally, she found the most comforting place with her mother, Colleen. It was satisfying to wake in the morning to see both Whit and Colleen sleeping peacefully side by side. It sometimes seems the morning comes to quickly but it is the start of the new day with our daughter and being able to watch her yawn and stretch makes it seem as though it didn't come quickly enough.

Her day was a good one after the long night. During her ocupational therapy time they worked on her elbow extention and contraction. It hurt her but is necessary to get that joint to loosen up. She was given some homework following the painful time. The ladies said that she could work on it herself if she wanted to because she would know the limit of her pain. Later that day as she was resting in bed I noticed Whit was placing her right hand on her left arm giving it a push to extend it and giving a pull to contract it. I asked her what she was doing to which she replied, "going home sooner." Bless her heart and her dedication to her goal.

The rest of the day was spent in more therapy, walks to the courtyard enjoying the sun, as well as playing Connect Four. When Whitney, Carly, Colleen and I were sitting out in the sun we were commenting on how well Whit had done during the da
y. Carly said she should be proud, but Whit shook her head, no. When she was aked why she wasn't proud she responded, "I want to do more." Her desire to get home is so strong that I pray she does not feel her progress should be moving faster and become disappointed. We are so proud of her continued moving ahead and couldn't ask for more. Please keep praying for her each day if we can ask that of you. You have all been so good to us, we are constantly humbled by your cards and emails telling us of your thoughts and prayers for us. We will always covet them as we have said before.

Our God is still God and our trust rooted ever deeper in Him.

In Christ alone, Whitney's dad


Blogger M, J, B, G, Sam & Sadie said...

I just finished reading your book Mistaken Identity yesterday. What an amazing story. I know you've heard that line a million times...but being the analytical person that I am...I have really mulled your situation and story over and over in my mind and all I can say is God never ceases to amaze us, does He? What the world would see as horrible and hopeless...we, in Christ, can see as a testimony and witness! I found tears streaming down my face at the mention of people giving their life to the Lord because of this story. That's what it's all about!!! We will never understand why Laura (or the other kids) lives were not spared on that awful day...but they will surely have many "jewels in their crowns" in Heaven. Even though they aren't here on earth, they're lives are still winning people over to the Lord! I am inspired to let my light shine even brighter while I am still on this earth because of this story and the testimony that your families are to the rest of us! Thank you for sharing these most intimate and private details for the Glory of the Lord!!

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