They prepared us for the roller-coaster and that is just what it has been. While yesterday was a better day, today has been filled with concern. We learned during our morning report that they once again flipped Mom to her stomach. This is hard for us to hear, but it did seem to help her oxygen levels. We received the labs back regarding the additional infections she is fighting and find thanksgiving in the knowledge that they started her on the best antibiotic they could have. We also find hope in the fact that her kidneys remain strong. As the PA told us yesterday, she is one sick lady. Covid has come to steal, kill and destroy but we remain confident that if it is God’s will for Mom to remain with us, she will.
This morning we read a devotion titled He’s the Way Maker. It concluded with the following, “Dare to believe that though the odds may be against you, they’re really irrelevant when God comes on the scene. Today, remember the great things God has done with seemingly no effort: He spoke, and the heavens came to be. He put the stars in their place and calls them each by name. And He knows and loves you. He’ll intervene at the right time because He is God and He is good. It’s time to believe for your miracle.”
So many of you are graciously praying. We ask that you pray for her oxygen ratio to improve and stabalize and for her body to fight-off the additional infections.
Kirk Griffin Obituary
Kirk Addison Griffin passed away on January 12, 2021. He was born September 29, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama and was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Warren Griffin and Linda Sessions Griffin.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lin and Bill Halbrooks, and his special friend of 16 years, Tricia Thomas. He is also survived by his three nieces and their spouses: Libby and Todd Glisson, Maggie and Adam Stoffregen, and Burgin and Chris Vernon. He also leaves great-nieces and nephews he adored: Maddie, GraceAnn, Macy, Virginia, Brooks, Wynn, and William, and his two stepsons of whom he was so proud, Dean Benedict and Richard Benedict.
He was a graduate of Shades Valley High School and Washington and Lee University and received a masters from The University of North Carolina. He was also a veteran of the Vietnam War.
His life’s work was as a Financial Analyst in the United States Department of Defense. He worked in the Pentagon and after surviving the attack on 9/11, walked over 9 miles to get to his home in Falls Church, Virginia.
Upon retirement, Kirk moved back to Birmingham, Alabama and enjoyed more time with family and friends. He became an integral leader in the homeless ministry of Saint Mark United Methodist Church. He relished the opportunity to shop, cook, and serve the homeless population in Birmingham. Much of what Kirk did for the church was “behind the scenes” but what a difference he made. Kirk was involved with feeding the homeless three times a week. He served for the mere privilege of being able to demonstrate the love of God to others.
Kirk enjoyed taking his family to the Red Mountain Theater and treating them to meals out. He delighted in teaching his great nieces to eat sushi, oysters and Thai food. He was known as Kirk-e-poo to all his great nieces, nephews and their friends.
A time to honor and celebrate Kirk’s life will be made post Covid-19. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Homeless Mission Program at Saint Mark United Methodist Church at 2901 Columbiana Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 with the subject line, “In Memory of Kirk Griffin.”