Out of Surgery

Posted in Updates at 1:58 pm by Karyn

Brief UPDATE (2 PM): Al is out of surgery. Libbie says it went “smoothly.” Al may be able to go home this weekend. More to come later.


  1. judi said,

    August 24, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    thanks so much for the updates today.i’m sure i speak for many people who have prayed and been concerned all day.

    groves’, we leave tomorrow for maine but will have a laptop with us so we will be able to stay up to date with you guys. you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    much love
    judi and ron

  2. Gerard Norton said,

    August 24, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    Praying for you all,


  3. Moses Wong said,

    August 24, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    thanks for updating. Eunice and I have been praying for you all. Wish Al will get well soon. Take care.

    Moses & Eunice

  4. Jan Kreft said,

    August 24, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    Dearest Al and Libbie,

    I’ve missed checking in on the blog for a couple of days and have just picked up the news. As ever my heart goes out to you all and I do wish I were closer. Probably couldn’t do much more than give you all a hug and a cup of tea (!), but I’d love to do that. Will pray much for a smooth post-op recovery and a good result from the surgery.

    Loads of love, Jan.

  5. Vicki said,

    August 24, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    Found your blog here via Reformed Chicks, and wanted to let you know I’m praying. My husband also had surgery today. Prayers for healing and recovery going up! God bless you.

  6. Elizabeth Matthias said,

    August 24, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    I’ve been praying here in Alberta– thank God for email!
    I’m so grateful for the good news this afternoon, and will continue to pray for you–for body and soul–together!–for His glory! Much love to you all.

  7. Brandon Withrow said,

    August 24, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Mindy and I continue to pray. Thanks for the updates.

  8. John Eddy said,

    August 24, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Libby
    I love you guys.

  9. Roy Nantoka said,

    August 24, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    Professor Groves
    Just wanted to let you know that my family and I join so many brothers and sisters in prayer and thankgiving for you and your family. The church as far away as Africa is concerned and praying for you.
    Roy Nantoka

  10. Diane Marsh said,

    August 24, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    Al and Libbie,

    We were praying through the day today for you all. I have to admit that when I read your entry, Libbie, about Alden and Eowyn being away at Friend’s Camp and the empty nest feel etc. I could not hold back the tears. I moved from the computer then to do some dishes while still shedding tears. I must have gotten it together just prior to the phone ringing. It was Eowyn calling for Colton. The tears returned as we spoke but I must relate what she said to me (Eowyn, I write this confidently because I know your testimony is for all to hear)…that her faith is strong and not shaken, the Lord knows what He is doing and He is an awesome God. I praise the most Holy God for these words from a 15 year old young lady in the midst of such crisis. God’s peace and love flows from you all in unimaginable ways. May He continue to carry you and love you in unimaginable ways.

    With pleading in our hearts and prayers,
    Diane for the Marsh family

  11. Dennis Reidenbach said,

    August 24, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie,

    We have been praying for you and the family today. We are glad to hear that today’s procedure went well. Thanks for keeping us all informed and allowing us to pray with you through challenges like today.

    The Reidenbach Family

  12. Tim and Carolyn Stonehouse said,

    August 24, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    The words of this song truly minister to me when I forget the truth of God’s goodness. It’s so clear that you haven’t (!) but I hope they’re encouraging nonetheless.

    We continue to pray…

    Carolyn (& Tim)

    Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging
    Your love is a mountain, firm beneath my feet
    Your love is a mystery, how you gently lift me
    When I am surrounded, your love carries me

    Hallelujah, hallelujah
    Hallelujah, your love makes me sing

  13. Glenda Vanden Berg said,

    August 24, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie and family,
    My heart goes out to you all. Your faith in the midst of trial is a blessing to all and an encouragement to all who come in contact with you. I just learned about this blog when I visited WTS again this past summer. I read your entries with tearfilled eyes, amazed at how well you are all able to express your feelings and your thoughts. May God continue to use you in this way in the midst of your trial. I’m so glad to hear that the operation was successful and that you all are being upheld in such a remarkable way. I’m so thankful that I got to know your family when I went to Israel with you on the WTS trip in 2000. I have fond memories of you all and I’ll never forget the text Al used to encourage me when he noticed that I was a bit discouraged. It was Philippians 4:8, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsover things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” You all seem to being thinking of this verse as you certainly are finding cause to look on the positive side of things. May the Lord continue to strengthen and uphold you and grant healing for Al. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Glenda Vanden Berg, WTS 2000, Canad

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