The Murph Challenge Day 27: Jason & Shannon Kerr
Day 27 of 31 is dedicated to Jason & Shannon Kerr. When I think of unwavering faith and the miraculous, I think of their story. On Sept. 14th, 2015, Shannon and her two daughters (Kyra and Jaydalin) went to look at a puppy. They left at 7AM and after not arriving to the destination on time, the family became worried. Jason recieved a call from an unknown number, it was a state trooper asking if he had two daughters with his wife.
First Responder, Brian Ims, pager went off that morning noting a motor vehicle accident involving a semi vs. passenger car with 3 critically injured. First Responder, Armis Wells, said, “the amount of damage on that semi was absolutely insane, I would assume that whatever they hit killed everyone in that vehicle. I remember like it happened 5 minutes ago, Brian pulling Kyra out of the van, how bloody she was, supporting her on his turnout gear. I get choked up talking about it.” Thankfully, both Krya (after spending time in critical care) and Jaydalin were able to make a full recovery.
The outlook on Shannon did not look good. First responders agreed after loading her in the helicopter that her kids were not going to have a mother. The doctors were very concerned that even if Shannon survived she would end up vegetative. The physicians made it clear to Jason that best case scenario was for her to be able to just sit in a chair and stare at a wall with no clue what was going on around her. For days, Shannon laid on a hospital bed with no response to anything the doctors tried. Jason had not left Shannon’s side once during this time.
A Pastor at our church encouraged Jason to attend a worship night. As Jason stepped away from the hospital for the first time, doctors began discussing the reality of having to take Shannon off life support. As Jason returned, he and the family had some tough decisions. For Jason, there was only one decision and that was to believe and proclaim that his wife would be healed. Many people reached out to Jason during this time and Jason only asked for one thing: just pray. He asked people to pray to Jesus for his wife to be healed. “He is the only one that will change this scenario for my family,” said Jason.
Then, the miraculous happened. After weeks of no response, Shannon finally moved her hand out from under her blanket. That created a slow progression of progress. After 14 weeks in the hospital with all odds stacked against her, Shannon was able to return home. A walking miracle.
When asked what advice she would give for someone who is going through a tragedy or dark season, Shannon said:
“Even in your hardship, call on Jesus. He walks right with you. Even when you think you’re alone, you’re not alone. Jesus is there holding you up. Be real with Him, be honest with Him. Talk about your heart. God has a plan and a purpose in all of it.”
Every Day We Fight is privileged to dedicate today’s Murph Challenge to an incredible couple, Jason and Shannon Kerr. Thank you for being examples to all of us on what unwavering faith and perseverance looks like. A family that gives all the glory back to God and His miraculous healing power.
Day 27 Time: 28:46
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Thank you Pastor Greg for the nomination.
When I did the Murph Challenge for the first time I became hooked. Not because it was fun but because it was painful, challenging, and meaningful.
These 31 challenges are a dedication to a fighter, a warrior, a person battling that’s an everyday hero.
– Tate Wheeler
“The Murph Challenge is more than just a workout. It is a tradition that helps push us, humble us, and allows us the opportunity to dedicate a bit of pain and sweat to honor, LT. Michael P. Murphy, a man who sacrificed everything he had for our freedom.”