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How’s Your Soul?


I have told my WP friends this story before, but it was a while back… and since then, many of you are new to JanBeek, so it bears repeating:

My friend, Bob Jorgenson, born with Cerebral Palsy, was bright as a tack. His parents brought him every Sunday to church in his wheel chair. They sat mid-way up in the sanctuary with him. They stayed after church for fellowship. They helped people understand what Bob had to say – because Bob’s speech was compromised – but he had so much to say!

Homer and Ruth knew their son would not live a long life, but they packed ten life-times into Bob’s 35 years. They took him to Europe, to Disneyland, to Asia, to the Holy Land. They built a train track and a miniature train in a circle around their wooded property, and fixed up the engine so that Bob could run the train and give train rides to various groups of kids who came to experience the wonder of it.

When Bob was on his last breaths, lying helpless and speechless in his hospital bed, Homer sat with him. He had Bob’s favorite hymnal. As he turned the pages, Homer asked Bob to blink when he came to a song Bob wanted to hear.

Homer was singing “It is Well With My Soul” to his son when Bob breathed his last.

I never hear this song without welling up inside. My heart smiles.

I hope your soul smiles as you hear it, too.

Merry Christmas!

Love, JanBeek

Comments on: "How’s Your Soul?" (13)

  1. Thank you for such an ethereal start to my day … listening to the song I felt a blanket of peace descend upon me. Jan, I was touched deeply by the story of your friend Bob and his amazing parents. The love you portray between them all, and your friendship with Bob shines through like a beacon of hope and light!

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  2. A wonderful story that definitely bears repeating

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  3. What a beautiful family. Bob’s parents are extraordinary – and Bob was too.

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  4. Beautiful story, Mom! Very touching. ❤️ Have a lovely Sunday! ❤️🥰

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  5. I was really glad Christine came to work today. I was able to take a nap this afternoon after preparing the room for our overnight guests and after serving the lunch service. 💤 We had two tables of four this evening. Business is good! Love youuuuu 😘❤️🥰❤️

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  6. Thanks for sharing Jan. Bob reminds me to make every day precious in some small way for someone else.

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