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.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I was reminded of a song or two which are precious to me especially at this time in my life. The first song is an oldie but indeed a goodie. Just part of the chorus goes like this: "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."
The second song goes like this:
When I look into your holiness,
When I gaze into your loveliness,
When all things that surrond become shadows in the light of you.

When I've found the joy of reaching your heart,
When my will becomes enthroned in your love,
When all things that surrond become shadows in the light of you.

I worship you.....I worship you....
The reason I live is to worship you.....

I worship you.....I worship you....
In the light of God's glory all this (the events of the past month)pales. We are here to honor and glorify Him. I know Whitney's life has, and I pray will continue to honor and glorify our Heavenly Father. May His named be praised for what He is doing through the lives of all. It is not about us...it is ALL about Him!! What this world has to offer is growing dim, it is only what is done for Christ that will last. Live for Him. This has been a tremendous source of encouragement and strength for us. Blessed be His holy name!

Today was a good day! Every day that we are able to spend together is a good day and we thank God for the opportunity. Praise be to God almighty!!

Whitney had a good restful day today. She is still asking about when she is going back to TU to finish her freshman year and when is summer going to start. We have to keep reminding her that she is not in a dream, that all she is experiencing is for real. It is those last several weeks of time that are missing from her memory and that cause her to feel it is all a dream and we are part of her dream. As we said last night, this is typical but hard to watch her go through. I know you are praying, I sense the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives ever stronger each day. Thankyou so much for caring for my family. It truly is a humbling experience - overwhelmingly humbling. God be praised.

She has had a very good day despite the feeling of being in a dream. Today she wanted her eyebrows plucked and as it happened she kept saying "Ow!" But she did not want Colleen to stop - she thought she was sprouting a unibrow.

Matt came by today as did Sandra. Time off from Spring Hill. It added to her upbeat day and was a welcome to us all. She has been able now to watch movies if she cares to and today she had us all watch with her the movie "Prince of Egypt". This was followed by some great conversation. Whitney is able to converse with us in complete sentences making absolutely great sense as she does. In the course of the chat she asked Matt a question, to which he could not remember what the answer was. Whitney's great sense of humor came out when she suggested that it was Matt who should be in this hospital, not her.

She played Rummy with Colleen and even beat her at points once with her mom showing no mercy. We were quite impressed. For us it seems as though her thinking skills are improving in great bounds.

For lunch she didnt want the hospital food. Instead she asked for a couple of hard tacos from Taco Bell. Her appetite is very healthy, I know because she wanted a Pepsi as well. She also took another long walk this evening. It has been so wonderful to see her endurance increasing.

God continues to supply us all with His strength. I know there is no limit to His supply, at least we have not experienced it and I know we will not ever see the end of His graciousness.

Another special blessing came this morning when it was just myself and Whitney in the room. The others had gone to church and Whit sat and listened as I read from the Bible. God's word is such a source of our strength. After reading I asked Whit if it was okay if we prayed and would she want to pray as well? Yes was the nod of her head and the word from her lips. I felt so much comfort and peace as I heard her pray for God to heal her so she could go home. Again with a strained voice I echoed what she said, so grateful to see her life still centered on Him.

I would be remise if I didnt again thank you for your prayers. You are truly a blessing to us and to all the families effected. Please keep them in your prayers as will we. We are forever grateful.

In Christ alone, Whit's dad


Blogger patterns of ink said...

Thank you so much for blogging updates to friends and perfect strangers (though in our case,we do share mutual friends.
There are countless thousands of believers and unbelievers who continue to be moved by this story that is so much more than a story. Our hearts still ache for the VanRyn's but they will remain an integral part of God's purpose in all of this. I sent them these thoughts that may be of encouragement to you.

Who but He can help
assuage the anguish
of the found and lost.
Who but He
can know the cost
of having tendered a rose
till first the blush
and then the bloom returned
in sweet awakening…
to loving strangers
who now have learned
their present nearly held
has passed,
and another’s past is present.
The mind cannot undo
such twists of time;
the heart cannot contain
such mingled joy and sorrow.
This budding hope
comes with a thorny stem
that who but He can help them hold?
Who but He who taught them
what they know of love…
and thorns?


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