I checked the stats on the “Jacob’s Ladder” Facebook page on August 19th and saw that the posting of Jacob’s passing had reached over 45,000 people by the end of the day. Just imagine~ 45,000 people! It is mind-boggling. Jacob had been an angel in our lives and in the lives of anyone who met him, and many more who knew him only through a Facebook page. Jacob always had a smile, even for the nurses who had to poke him with needles. He always put others first. He saved his prizes in the hospital for his siblings, brought them gifts when he came home after weeks in the hospital. If he made cupcakes with the child life workers at the hospital, he saved them to take home. As he lay dying on the couch, he heard his mother say her back hurt from sleeping on the floor next to him, and his thin, frail arm reached out from underneath the covers to rub her back! Jacob, our angel on earth. One eight-year-old boy whose eyes and smile brought joy everywhere he went. Just think what 45,000 people could accomplish in his memory!
When I announced on my Facebook page that I would be doing random acts of kindness in Jacob’s name with these cards:
I began hearing from other people who wanted to do the same thing.
A woman who runs a yoga studio in our town will be giving out cards at her yoga classes this week, as she offers her services free and collects donations for Jacob’s family. A woman who coordinates religious education wants 200 to distribute. My nephew asks for cards to give out. My sister and husband who will be traveling the country in their RV plan to distribute the cards all over the nation as they do kind deeds in Jacob’s memory. A young man in Dubuque promises to distribute them there as he commits random acts of kindness. A niece in Des Moines, an aunt in Ohio ask for cards… Prayer warriors, friends, family, and total strangers who have followed Jacob’s long battle with cancer ask how they can do the same thing.
One little boy. One short life.
One big example for the rest of us.
“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.