Wednesday, September 29, 2010
MY HEART IS BURSTING WITH LOVE AND PRIDE
Have you ever encountered anything or been a part of something completely unexpected that was so awesome that you could not stop crying and praising God for the sheer feeling of happiness?
I just got a call from a young lady in the office at the Home Depot store where my son Jake worked for so long and she said the store employees had been raising money in memory of Jake since his death on June 17. She said the corporate offices were going to send a check along with a substantial amount of cash that I could pick up in the next few days.
We had recently ordered his headstone and are waiting on it to be finished and I told her part of the money would go to pay that off and that we wanted to do something very nice with the balance to pay tribute to Jake. I don't know what that will be just yet as it will be a decision for all of us to make.
The outpouring of love, condolences, prayers, financial support and just downright neighborly Christian acts of kindness have overwhelmed and humbled me. I knew we all had a winner with Jake. We all knew he was something else and just exhibited qualities of a depth that we lacked and I knew he had many friends, but I wasn't aware of the level of feelings that so many had for him.
As you know if you've been reading since he died, we were also blessed with a substantial amount of money from the Homer Fund which is a non-profit fund of Home Depot where employees are assisted with various needs, and to be again blessed in such a way is almost beyond belief.
I will forever Praise God in Thanksgiving for giving us 40 years with Jake and forever remember in prayer for God to Bless in a very Special Way the employees of Home Depot and The Home Depot Company
to be able to continue in their success.
Jake would be humbled beyond words and bursting with pride in his company and completely giving God the credit.
My lesson, you expect to read the accolades after someone very famous passes away but for someone with the grace, dignity, simplicity and humility of just a "regular" guy such as Jake is heartwarming.
Regular guy? There was nothing regular about Jake.
Posted by Mollye at 10:46 AM