Feeling Much Better

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 12:57 pm by Libbie

We want to let you know that Al is feeling much better today and to thank you for praying. His head hardly hurts, he can cough and not feel as if it’s going to explode, and his fever and nausea are gone. In fact, he feels as good as he did before last Sunday, which is certainly not something we had counted on happening again. We thought he might have turned a corner that he wasn’t going to recover from. Whether all this is because he just had some sort of bug, or because of increasing the steroids, or in answer to people’s prayers, we don’t know, but each of those solutions comes from the Lord’s hand, since he alone is the healer, and we’re very grateful.


  1. Sam Sutter said,

    November 16, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Praise the Lord for that! Know that Al is in my prayers daily. I actually was reading over my notes on Judges earlier this week, and remembered how much of a blessing that class was to me.

  2. Donna Jennings García said,

    November 16, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    PRAISE THE LORD!! so true.. he alone is the healer.. been thinking a lot about becky lately, will try to email her soon but please tell her hello from me if she doesn’t read these comments! love you all, we are praying here in Acapulco!

  3. Lars Sandstrom said,

    November 16, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Hello Old Friend,
    Not exactly sure how to contact you so I’ll make a comment here. Dave Z e-mailed me last month and directed me here. Wow! We’ve been on separate journeys ( same ultimate destination in mind) for 30+ years now and here is an opportunity to touch base. What can I say, Al. You don’t look like you did in1972, but then none of us do (good thing). It’s a good thing we know God is in control through all the twists and turns of this brief earthly life of faith. Its the only (and the greatest) thing going for us My prayers are with you and your family. Blessings on you , dear friend.

  4. Julie Kong said,

    November 16, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    We’re delighted to hear of Al’s turnaround. Love to you all-

  5. Cora said,

    November 16, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    So good to hear of the turnaround. As you know my daughter Sue’s husband and Al are paralleling each other. Terry is scheduled for a stem cell transplant around the 29th of December. God sure is the sustaining strength for all concerned in both of our families.

    Time to call your Mother to let her know I am thinking about her on her birthday.

    Prayers and love to you all, Cora

  6. Steve Sandvig said,

    November 16, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Al and Libbie,

    What a privilege to know you and pray for you. You live so fully in the midst of such trying times; going to the park to see the leaves in all their glory. Making yourself attend worship and serve communion. Going to a soccer game, when you’re so tired. Dictating your thoughts on the book of Judges. I’m glad to hear you still have strength to enjoy each day God gives you. What a testimony of God’s grace!

    All my love,


  7. Becky Holloway said,

    November 17, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    You and I have never met, but my husband Trey had Al as a professor during his time at Westminster and I know we have many mutual friends and acquaintances. I began reading your blog a few weeks back — shortly after we moved to Scotland and I had begun blogging myself. I have been so blessed and moved to tears many times when reading your powerful words. Please know that Trey and I are upholding your whole family in prayer at this time.
    Best regards,
    Becky Holloway

  8. Craig Combs said,

    November 17, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you, Libbie.
    I feel as though I am getting to know you, through the kindness of your vulnerability and the patience of your correspondence. I wish I had known you 24 years ago, when I first met Al. I hope I will have the privilege of knowing you better 24 years from now – – – and 1,024 years hence, well, that will be even better, now, won’t it?

    My friend and senior pastor, Paul Maffin, (from up here in Northern Vermont!) was in Philadelphia last week for the CCEF conference, and visited New Life in passing. He knows of you and Al through me. He told me he was happily surprised to find that Al served him communion that day – but added that he could not find him right after the service. Little doubt, seeing how he felt at that time, as you have written.

    I am so happy the Lord has steadied you both to take the ups and downs without trying to interpret them very much. The ups are a blessing when they come, and the downs are the occasion for trust that you have seized well and shared with us all.

    I continue to pray for you.
    May the Lord continue to answer with his very best.
    For Jesus’ sake,

  9. Fred said,

    November 17, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    Hi, Libbie & Al.

    It’s good to hear that that last turn was not yet “the” corner, and that you and Al have been able to enjoy some of this gorgeous fall together.

    May the peace of Christ be yours.


  10. Carol VanDyken said,

    November 19, 2006 at 1:13 am

    Libbie and Al,

    We have been blessed by reading your ongoing commentary from afar. May the peace that passes understanding continue to guard your hearts and minds. May it simply INVADE every part of your lives and that of your children.
    In the past year, we have discovered the author Randy Alcorn and his book “In Light of Eternity” after the sudden bicycling death of the 18 year old son of our fellow staff members here. This book changed my view of eternity, I hope you know of it or can get it. I also like what D.L. Moody said, “One day you will hear that I have died. Don’t believe a word of it! I will be more alive than ever before!” Libby’s writings about heaven reminded me of that comment.
    With our love and prayers,
    Carol and Daryl

  11. Andy and Piper said,

    November 20, 2006 at 12:46 am

    Our daughter, Tess, has been struggling with Ben Ferris’s death. Ben and Mary were in our miniChurch. She watched him go from robust to frail to gone in a matter of weeks. This doesn’t gel with what you learn in six-year-old Sunday school about how God cares for his lambs.

    I have been reading your blogs to her. It shows her the hope and affection of Christ in the teeth of trials. It gives voice to what Ben believed but couldn’t tell her.

    Thanks so much and keep writing.

  12. Mark A. Stone said,

    November 20, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Praise the Lord. Hopefully this will allow you (Libbie) and Al to continue this week on the Judges project. The idea of filming Al is a great one. Thank you for the timely updates. Thank you also for encouraging us with how your family continues to glorify God in the midst of the difficult trial. Our prayers remain with you.

  13. Lane Keister said,

    November 20, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    Hello, Groves. This is Lane Keister. I have been following your blog for awhile now and praying that the Lord would heal you, Al. It has occurred to me that there are some other things beside medical things worth trying. You’ll probably think I’m nuts. However, what I have to say comes from established track records, not just anecdotal evidence. I don’t mean to try to give you false hope. But I just lay it out. You can decide what you want to try.

    1. Sugar is the number one cancer feeder. Cancer loves it. So substitute honey for any and all sugar.

    2. Garlic is the number one cancer fighter. Fresh stuff, not garlic salt. The more, the better.

    3. Cod Liver oil, especially when combined with high-vitamin butter oil, also can do some pretty amazing things. I like the cinnamon-flavored kind available here:

    Info on the medical side of these things can be found here:

    I have been praying now for you for many months, Al and Libby. May God bless you.

  14. judi said,

    November 20, 2006 at 6:42 pm

    hi libbie and al,
    just wanted to wish you and your extended (or should i say extending?) family a great thanksgiving holiday! ron and i leave tomorrow morning for VT, to visit the folks that craig combs mentioned; we’ll be back home next monday night.

    we are most grateful to have you and your family as friends, God’s abundant blessings on you at this season!

    judi (and ron)

  15. Joanna said,

    November 21, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    I was saddened today 11/21/06, to not see a hopeful message or update. Your story has been riddled with God’s love, grace and compassion and I was hoping to see that Al was still feeling well, though I have heard that that is not the case. You have all been in our daily prayers since we first heard of Al’s Cancer. We pray that you will have aThankgiving together that you will remember and cherish until you all feast again together at the banquet table of Christ or Lord. We will continue to pray for that mircle, and we will continue to love & admire your family’s strength and faithfulness for a long time to come. You have touched so many lives, we feel blessed to have been one of them.
    Joanna, for Joanna & Todd.

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