Share it, give it, know it, live it

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Many things have happened over the past couple of weeks. In a way, most were remarkable, at least inasmuch as they had significance. Most remarkable, perhaps, is that I was invited to speak at a local school to discuss my experience with cancer among the seventh grade class.

Jon Graves with the Correia Middle School 7th Grade Class
The students were wonderfully attentive, and their teacher a top-notch educator, adding real-life experiences to book-learning, and providing iPods to each group so they could record each speaker’s discussion and produce their own podcasts. I told each of them that having cancer doesn’t mean you’re dead. Jeseca lived more passionately in the last four years than she ever had, never losing her smile or zest for life, even during the worst moments of treatment. I then showed them the Bessie Coleman book she illustrated (just one of her many incredible accomplishments), and gave it to the most charming young woman (seated in the middle of the front row). She responded in kind and gave me a flower. The experience was beyond rewarding.

Next, the boys, their Uncle Mikey and I went to Boomers today to have some fun. We’ve been there several times in the past eight months. Today seemed to be the most fun. I won the first three races (in typical, rub-your-nose-in-it fashion), then tragically lost the last two. Hate that.

Jon Graves and son, Christian, winning go-cart racing at Boomers
And now, after typing for nearly two straight hours, I am just 10 entries away from finishing Jeseca’s journals. I have to say that I’m unsure how to feel about it. This project, transcribing her journals for all to read, has been an integral part of my life these last several months. As I near the end of it, I can’t help wondering what to do after I finish it. It’s just…….well…….

I’ll leave you with an entry from her journals dated September 12, 2006 (11 months before she died.)

Your love sustains, empowers, and gives courage. It builds bridges, closes gaps, and puts out fires. It gives new hope, new dawns, and new days. It opens doors, closes them, and breaks them down.

Your love heals hearts, heals bodies, and heals minds. It protects the helpless, the hopeless, and all who are lost.

Your love is a light, a small flame, and a blazing fire. It always protects, never rejects, and always believes.

Your love sends us forth into the world to places we don’t want to go to help people we never would have helped.

Your love: To share it, to give it, to know it, to live it.
From his career in professional baseball to an attempt at professional golf and the tragic loss of his wife, Jon Graves is on the journey of his life.
Love always.
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2 Comments
  • Mom
    April 22, 2008

    What fun you 4GB’s were having together! Of course there will be a re-race with your brother. But it is not as risky as jumping out of an airplane at 13,000 feet! (Your family will surely appreciate a simple go cart race over skydiving, you know.) I noticed you did not post a photo of the “lost races.” 🙂

    Who ever would have thought you would be speaking to students about Cancer? (Someone in the class must have needed to hear what you had to say.) How cool is that. It’s so neat how the Lord is using you to minister to others…for it’s not about us, it’s about Him.

    Thank you for sharing Jes’ journal entry. It blessed me to read her thoughts at that time in her life, knowing what she was enduring each moment, each day. It blesses me to think of her (as I so often do) and remember the love and trust we shared at the end and our last moments together.

    Jes was right. God is light, love and the healer of our souls. She always said “it’s all about the love relationship God desires with us; and our love relationship with Him.” As with any relationship, it must be nurtured in order to blossom at it’s fullest. It doesn’t make it any easier to understand the “whys” in our lives, but we do our best to rest in knowing God has all the answers when we don’t…no matter what the circumstances may be.

    May the Lord continually be with you and the boys as each day passes without her.
    love, Mom

  • bluetaterbaby
    April 24, 2008

    It’s so great to see you and the boys having fun! Priceless! It’s so good to see the smiles. It doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten; just continuing the journey.

    I know God gave you the words the students needed to hear. It’s remarkable how our lives have such an impact on others. Perhaps seeds of faith.

    Thank you so much for posting the entry from the journal of Jes. It’s just what I needed to hear after such a “trying” day.

    Take care and God bless,
    Joan

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