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God’s Promise to Jacob

My husband David drove me to a Writer’s Group meeting in Cedar Falls on March 15, 2012. We’d recently discovered that our grandson Jacob’s cancer had returned. Two days later David’s shoulder pain had traveled to his chest and I took him to the emergency room, where we were informed that he’d likely had a series of small heart attacks. Now Jacob is on morphine and oxygen and we are told he will soon join his grandfather in Heaven. I hold onto the truth of God’s words, “I am with you and will watch over you everywhere you go.”

Mary Potter Kenyon

I was disappointed when I arrived a few minutes late to the Cedar Falls Writer’s Group last Saturday. I’d wanted to tell the group about Jacob’s cancer before the meeting began so we could concentrate on him during the opening devotion. Marcia already had her Bible open and it seemed rude to interrupt so I remained quiet, and closed my eyes. It was difficult to concentrate when she read the first verse, but my breath caught in my throat and my eyes flew open when I heard Jacob’s name in the next verse. My chest filled with tears and I could barely breathe. I don’t know Marcia well yet, and she couldn’t know about OUR Jacob yet, could she? As far as I knew, only one woman in the group knew about Jacob; I’d told Kristi in an e-mail the day before. After a couple more Bible verses, including the…

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Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

2 thoughts on “God’s Promise to Jacob

  1. Your daughter wrote yesterday about the verses John 9:1-3. It is true what she wrote because so many of us that have never met any of you in person can see the power of God in Jacob’s journey as well as his family’s journey. It has built stronger my faith as well as many others that are praying and walking this journey with you and yours. God is using you all to bring people to himself. Thank you so much for sharing your light with others and myself.

  2. Indeed, He is with you, and Jacob, and all the other of this precious family. Poignant words, my dear. And pointed truth. God IS, and that is all we need to know.

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