Friday, October 27, 2006

A dad's story

"Ron sends this story from Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly about Dick and Rick Hoyt (Dick is a retired Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel). It's a great story about a father and son who saved each other." A father cares for his disabled son. (Hat tip: Blackfive)

Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs. "He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life," Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. "Put him in an institution." But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. "No way," Dick says he was told. "There's nothing going on in his brain." "Tell him a joke," Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.


Blogger What is "Occupation" said...


Shabbos Shalom

10/27/2006 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Inspiration! I love it.

10/27/2006 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Achilles Jones said...

More than inspiration. That is the spirit that will overcome all the evil in this world.

10/27/2006 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger 2164th said...

Anyone who accepts the opportunity and responsibility to personally give care to a loved one in need will learn that you get back more than you give. The colonel did what a man and human being should do, and in doing so God gave him back a gift in life that few are given. You do not have to ask the Colonel to know that he thanks God for the responsibility and privilege and only requests that he live long enough to be the wheels for the lad for his entire life.

10/28/2006 05:15:00 AM  
Blogger Forklift said...

I saw them many times in the Boston Marathon. They were like a force of nature, transcendant, making me feel tiny in their presence.

10/28/2006 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger 3Case said...

Pay attention to this video, jihadis.

You can see the righteousness that is coming for you. The Colonel is not alone. The grace, courage and righteousness he and his son display have nothing to do with our MSM or our political elites or our weak sisters, the Democrats.

When we catch you, we know what to do with you...which is why you hide....

10/28/2006 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

Well over 20 years ago a friend of mine's daughter was born with spidna bifada.

The local doctor said that her brain was all but nonexistent and she would never be anything but a vegetable.

But my friend had worked with the NSA and knew some people in DC. And they knew some people who knew some very good doctors, one of whom looked at the X-rays and said, "Your doctor does not know what he is talking about. He does not know how the brain develops. There is nothing wrong with the baby's brain."

His daughter - still with spina bifada - graduated with a masters in engineering a few years back.

And she graduated with honors.

10/29/2006 04:56:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

Why Jesus Came to Die #24

To Give Us Confident Access to the Holiest Place.

We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 10:19

One of the great mysteries of the Old Testament was the meaning of the worship tent used by Israel called the "tabernacle." The mystery was hinted at but not clear. When the people of Israel came out of Egypt and arrived at Mount Sinai, God gave detailed instructions to Moses about how to build this mobile tent of worship with all its parts and furnishings. The mysterious thing about it was this command: "See that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown to you on the mountain" (Exodus 25:40)

When Christ came into the world 1,400 years later, it was more fully revealed that this "pattern" for the old tabernacle was a "copy" or a "shadow" of realities in heaven. The tabernacle was an earthly figure of a heavenly reality. So in the New Testament we read this: "[The priests] serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, 'See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain'"(Hebrews 8:5).

So all the worship practices of Israel in the Old Testament point toward something more real. Just as there were holy rooms in the tabernacle, where the priest repeatedly took the blood of the animal sacrifices and met with God, so there are infinitely superior holy places," as it were, in heaven, where Christ entered with his own blood, not repeatedly, but once for all.

When Christ appeared as a high priest... through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:11-12)

The implication of this for us is that the way is now opened for us to go with Christ into all the holiest places of God's presence. Formerly only the Jewish priests could go into the "copy" and "shadow" of these places. Only the high priest could go once a year into the most holy place where the glory of God appeared (Hebrews 9:7). There was a forbidding curtain protecting the place of glory. The Bible tells us that when Christ breathed his last on the cross, "the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split" (Matthew 27:51)

What did that mean? The interpretation is given in these words: "We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh" (Hebrews 10:19-20). Without Christ the holiness of God had to be protected from us. He would have been dishonored, and we would have been condemned because of our sin. But now, because of Christ, we may come near and feast our hearts on the fullness of the flaming beauty of God's holiness. He will not be dishonored. We will not be consumed. Because of the all-protecting Christ, God will be honored, and we will stand in everlasting awe. Therefore, do not fear to come. But come through Christ.

10/29/2006 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger Sissy Willis said...

Oh. I don't agree with you at all. It seems to me to be all about the grieving father. The child's body language to me says "Please leave me alone."

10/29/2006 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yo Yo's Contemporary from a different World
- Music Lovers

10/29/2006 01:35:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

My concern is Dad's mortality and son's life thereafter.

10/29/2006 01:36:00 PM  
Blogger 2164th said...

Sissy on body language: Keep your day job baby doll.

10/29/2006 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger Bob, Just Bob said...

Doug I had the same thoughts, but reading the post on BlackFive, several of those posters knew Rick in the college years, and saw him as an individaul.

I get the impression the dependency on on the father's love and care is slightly skewed by the presentation of the video and story.

The father had a cardiac just a few years ago. I am sure a sense of mortality kicked in at that time for both of them.

10/29/2006 05:54:00 PM  

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