Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My CU Class of 2008

From Dan:

I just had one of the best weekends! My mom, dad and I went to Cedarville University for Mike's graduation. It was amazing and extremely humbling for me to see the extent of how God has used me to touch people's lives. There were many people, some that I did not even know, who would come up to me and say that they are praying or were somehow encouraged by my story.

There were a little bit of mixed emotions. For example, on Friday night there was sort of a parents and seniors chapel type of thing, and all the seniors were asked to come on stage to sing the senior class song, and it just felt like I should have been up there. My mom sometimes asks if it's hard for me to see stuff like that, but I always tell her that it brings me joy to see my friends and the ones I love having a good time and being happy.

I was able to see a lot of friends from my class of 2008, many perhaps for the last time (I still do and probably always will consider myself in the class of 2008, and besides who knows when I actually will graduate). There were lots and lots of pictures!

I guess the main story though is the senior class gift. The senior class decided to raise money to renovate a dorm room for me and others in similar situations. The great thing is that I plan, Lord willing, to return to Cedarville in the fall, and the room would be available for me to use. It was very strange/kinda cool to hear my name announced at graduation because the room is being named after me.

Overall, I can say God is good for bringing all this together (well, He is good regardless, but you know what I mean). I feel extremely loved by my class of 2008, (led by class president Brittany Donald) and the Cedarville family. I have to extend a huge thank you, to those who contributed to help this room become a reality.

PS - "We [KKI] have not made our case yet to Great West Insurance, but will do so today [May 8th]." Please pray about insurance approval for Dan, to attend therapy at KKI & ICSCI at John Hopkins in Baltimore very soon.

OPE grads sporting their OPE shorts


Mamá to the best 2 said...

Yay you blogged again :) the OPE pic is the best and can't wait to hear more about CU tom night!!

Anonymous said...

You do touch lives and I start each day with your blog. Knowing God is in control and use us in his great plan. Glad to hear you had a good weekend and I know there are many great weekends in your future. You will be able to claim two graduating class...that is wonderful. I think of the students who have left Cedarville that your life touched but then the student of next year,will have you in thier lives also. Not your plan but God knew some of those incoming freshman would need to know you and to hear your story. The room will be a standing reminder to all incoming students...serve God and trust when it doesn't make sense. Thanks again Dan for sharing your life. Pray in Northern Ohio

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord you all had a great time at CU.
It is so true that your living sacrifice [your accident and loss of mobility] has not just touched but CHANGED the lives of thousands of people not just today but in years to come. You have paid an astronomical price in your service to Jesus. Would any of us be man or women enough to do that? Nope If God had a plan for me like that I fear my response would shame the lord.
I am praying for your KKI situation.
Also that you will get back to school in the fall so you can not only complete your education but so we see more smiling faces of you at the college.
In Him,
Connie Lukacs

Amanda Martin said...

Congrats all around-- for Mike graduating and for Dan's room becoming a reality. Praying for insurance clearance!!

He is able!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Mothers Day to an amazing mom, Debbie. May the Lord continue to raise you up and give you strength.

Anonymous said...

hey, Dan...glad you had a nice trip down for graduation. hope your summer is off to a good start.