From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16

Friday, February 25, 2011

Precious in the sight of the LORD...

Psalm 116: 1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
   he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
   I will call on him as long as I live.

 3 The cords of death entangled me,
   the anguish of the grave came over me;
   I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:
   “LORD, save me!”

 5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
   our God is full of compassion.
6 The LORD protects the unwary;
   when I was brought low, he saved me.

 7 Return to your rest, my soul,
   for the LORD has been good to you.

 8 For you, LORD, have delivered me from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the LORD
   in the land of the living.

 10 I trusted in the LORD when I said,
   “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 in my alarm I said,
   “Everyone is a liar.”

 12 What shall I return to the LORD
   for all his goodness to me?

 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
   and call on the name of the LORD.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
   in the presence of all his people.

 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
   is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, LORD;
   I serve you just as my mother did;
   you have freed me from my chains.

 17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
   and call on the name of the LORD.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
   in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the LORD—
   in your midst, Jerusalem.

   Praise the LORD.

I turned over and hit the snooze button.  I laid back and thought, "What's on the agenda for today?"  I rolled onto my side.  That was when it hit a slap in the, we're taking Dad home to die.

Our time together at the hospital last night was bittersweet.  Dad has but one IV left, dripping fluids to keep him hydrated.  No other medicines are being given, unless he has pain.  He's asleep almost all of the time, with only moments of wakefulness and claritiy.  He knows when we're there, who we are, and how much we love him.  He knows that, today, he will go home.

Liam and Landis don't seem too aware of the graveness of the situation.  There are some indicators that they might but today, I need to really explain things to them.  God, give me the words and the strength.

Brennan is just quiet.  He knows all that is happening.  He'll go to the hospital with Nana this morning to wait for the ambulance to come.  Lord willing, he'll ride home in the ambulance with his dear, sweet Papa.  I'll go to Mom & Dad's with Liam and Landis to await the delivery of the hospital bed and the other equipment and medicines we'll need.

Yesterday, we celebrated Mom's 63rd birthday in Dad's hospital room.  When we left there, she went to the store to buy underpads, sheets, etc...  She said she stood in the checkout line thinking to herself that this is her birthday, the last one she'll have with Dad, and there she found herself buying things to take home to prepare for his death.  These are the common slaps back into reality that we're dealing with.

Something that has really struck us is that in the 35 days that Dad has been at LGH, none of us has heard one word of complaint come from him.  His doctors and nurses are now commenting on how sweet he is, how wonderful our family is to him, what good care we take of him.  God is allowing all of this for a reason.  The reason is beyond me but I know that it is good...everything He does is good.

I will post as often as I can.  In the meantime, please continue to pray as you have for our family and for Dad.  Pray especially for his 6 dear grandchildren.  If you'd love to visit, and we would love to have you do so, please call my cell at 610-220-8207 if you need directions and so that we can let you know if it's an okay time to do so.

I had this hymn pop into my head this morning and it is fitting.  Read all of the words.  They are comforting and true.  There is no safer place than beneath the cross of the One who died so that eternity with Him would be our reward...

Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty rock
within a weary land;
a home within the wilderness,
a rest upon the way,
from the burning of the noontide heat,
and the burden of the day.

Upon that cross of Jesus
mine eye at times can see
the very dying form of One
who suffered there for me;
and from my stricken heart with tears
two wonders I confess:
the wonders of redeeming love
and my unworthiness.

I take, O cross, thy shadow
for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than
the sunshine of his face;
content to let the world go by,
to know no gain nor loss,
my sinful self my only shame,
my glory all the cross.


  1. Sister, this is a tough road that you all are traveling, you are not on it alone, you have Jesus walking right next to you and all of us pulling up the rear. You, Dad and the rest of the family have represented our King well. To Him be the Glory!

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you cherish the special moments that you have had with your dad. What a wonderful family you are to care for him at this time. May God continue to guide you and sustain you!

  3. oh andrea, my heart is aching for all of you, and i am praying.

  4. Oh Andrea...I have been where you are, and I know it's not easy. But I know too that you do not walk this dark path alone. Our great God walks alongside you and will give you the strength that you need to face each day. Enjoy these precious moments with your Dad and the rest of your family. And let me know if I can help in any way.

  5. Knowing what had happened, Jesus said, "Why are you troubling this woman? She did an excellent thing for me. You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. This woman poured perfume on my body to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached in all the world, what this woman has done will be told, and people will remember her."

    God's abundant, all sufficient grace be with you as you anoint your dad with the perfume of love and compassion and kindness.

  6. Oh, it's just so strange how life can change. I think of those times with your dad at swim meets and Brennan's speech last year and can't believe that you are facing this so quickly. Of course I'll be praying for you. I fly today through Sunday but would love to come visit your dad and I will try to do that next week. Please give him a hug for us...give your family hugs for us. May you keenly feel the love of Christ and the strength He provides as you walk this road.

  7. "But I trust in You, O Lord; I say: 'You are my God.' My times are in Your hands." (Psa. 31: 14) As I pray for you all, I picture your dear father in those all-safe hands of the Shepherd. There is no safer place to be this day & each day He grants. Sending much love & a hug for each of you.

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  9. Andrea and Melissa & family,
    you are in our prayers. Words are simply inadequate at this time. Just know that Jesus is there and interceding for you before the Father. Oh the incredible joy when we see Him face to face and the darkness of this world fade away.