Thankful For God's Care

Posted on October 18, 2017.

In the last six days, our family was rocked by the passing of two of our loved ones. One was advanced in years while the other was in what many would deem the prime of life. Both stayed active in the lives of their family and friends. Both had successful careers. One was my 46 year old cousin, Kirk Day, and the other was my Mother-in-law, Peggie Baker who was a very young 87.

Kirk grew up in Center, Alabama. He was born with a hole in his heart. Yet through answered prayers, Kirk grew and became a fine young man. He was in a terrible car wreck that threatened his life with a fractured skull. Again through answered prayers, Kirk survived and thrived. He was able to graduate from West Point and served as an officer for nine years. The men he commanded testify to the quality of man Kirk had become. After leaving the army Kirk was appointed to the position of Probate Judge for Cherokee County, Alabama by the governor. Kirk was later elected to that same post. He lived up to his goal of seeking to make life better for someone else every day. In each stage of life Kirk sought to be a positive witness for our Lord. Kirk had a heart attack and went home to be with the Lord. He died the way he had lived with his attention on others. Kirk was an organ donor.

My dear Mother-in-law, Peggie Baker, learned to work and care for others on a farm. She picked cotton, then became a secretary. She married the love of her life and continued to work for her family in a Birmingham hospital. She found her place in a dentist office where she assisted then managed the business. The doctor she assisted was a pioneer in the field of dental implants. She and her husband traveled the world as she helped explain the new procedure. She was named the Secretary of the Alabama Dental Implant Convention. At the same time, she loved and managed a household with two children. Their home was filled with laughter largely brought on through the most positive man on the planet, my Father-in-law. She was partially paralyzed in a car accident. She refused to let this stop her. She fought her way back and presented herself in such a way as to disguise her limitations. She became an influence for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She taught us that anything is possible with determination and faith in the Lord. We love and miss both of our dear family members and we look forward to seeing them again.

Thankful for God's care,
Bro. Jerry