A Better Day

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 9:37 pm by Libbie

Again, this will be brief. Wanted to let you know that today was better than yesterday. We got some stronger anti-nausea medicine that seemed to curb that problem, and feeling less nauseous helped reduce the pain as well. Hallelujah!

Al is very weak, and we’ve see a little disorientation in the last 24 hours too, but he is still himself, if slightly fuzzy. It’s made for some good laughs that he has been able to join in on.

Off to bed. Bless you all, and thank you for so many kind and encouraging notes. Sorry I’m not writing back…



  1. charlie potts said,

    February 1, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    al and libbie,

    thanks for the information on the web site. continue to think about and pray for you. value your faithful walk greatly. am honored to be your brother.


  2. Kent Morton said,

    February 2, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Al and Libbie,

    A hearty amen to Charlie’s omments. You are a regular part of my daily walks. My daughter Bethany tipped me off to Jesse’s pics (on his website) of family photos taken during his recent visit. That was such a treat to see all of you enjoying life together! It makes me magnify the Lord to see the tremendous scope and power of His grace working in the midst of your trials.

    Al, I especially want you to know again how much I love and appreciate you. MariIyn and I can never forget the absolutely critical role you played in sowing seeds of truth into our hearts at Time to Run. Truly, we are eternally indebted to you. You sowed, others watered along with you, and God produced the harvest. We thank you for being a faithful sower and then a good teacher as we were learning to walk with the Lord.

    Psalm 18 is on my heart for you today — esp. vv 1-2.

    Much love, Kent

  3. JOHN GROVES said,

    February 2, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Al and Libbie, hope you got the pics. The admiration and Love for your faith and strength is overwhelming.As seen in the comments we are not the only ones. My Dad, (Lynn) sends his love. I wanted to let Al know Dad has renewed his walk with the Lord. God is Good.Peace and Blessings.
    No need to write back.

    With Love, JOHN

  4. Marc Davis said,

    February 2, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Dear Groveses!
    If I go a half block out of my way on my way home from work, I can go by your house. So this week I have begun a new routine of taking that detour and stopping to pray over you. So don’t be concerned if you see a red Saturn idling in the darkness on Hamel Ave around 5:45…it’s just my way of making sure I pray.
    we love you
    Marc for all

  5. Jenny said,

    February 2, 2007 at 12:18 pm


    No need to say “sorry for not writing back”!! Your upkeep of information and love on the blog is writing enough.

    I continue to be thankful for everyday you have together as a family and Praise God for the time that still includes “some good laughs”.

    Praying, Praying and still praying some more. May His tender lovingkindness envelope you each and every minute. May His presence bring you peace.


  6. Allie Stryd said,

    February 2, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    So glad to hear of a better day. You’re in our hearts. I like Marc D’s idea and think we will try the same this weekend. Expect another car lingering around the block… much love to you all.

  7. Julie M. Johnson said,

    February 2, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Thinking of you and cheering for you! You’re terrific!

    Julie M. Johnson
    Aberdeen Central High School ’71

  8. Bo Ljungberg said,

    February 2, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie,

    Thank you for sharing your life like this. It is very edifying, and most of all glorious. Your blog is now the opening page of my web-browser. I find myself being reminded of you many times daily, and pray and praise, thankfully.
    With Love from my heart,


  9. kim clement said,

    February 2, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for keeping us posted. Glad you had a better day. We prayed for you this morning at Bridge Community women’s prayer. We love you and will continue to pray.

    Much Love,


  10. Suzanne Leahy said,

    February 2, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    What a blessing you are to me- you’re in my heart and prayers.

  11. Frank Tarquini said,

    February 2, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    I have never posted a comment before and did not read the blogs the past few weeks to understand what was happening. You are in me and my wife’s prayers. Your family is special to us in many ways.

  12. Phil Coffin said,

    February 2, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Al and Libbie,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It is a sweet sorrow. You have been a blessing in my life and I look forward to seeing Al in glory some day soon. It has been hard for me to see your suffering, but you all have been an encouragement and example I hope I can follow.

  13. Jeri Johnson said,

    February 2, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Minichurch just ended and I wanted to let you know we praised God for your family and prayed for this journey you are on. I was suprised how many of us caught part of Al’s talk on 560AM recently and I’m amazed at the strength of the spirit evident even in your suffering. Our prayers continue to be poured our for you all…we may join Marc in the “caravan of prayer” in front of your home.

  14. Hilary Wessel Kratz said,

    February 2, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Tonight was the first time I read your blog. It is really compelling and well written.
    I am praying for you. Peace be with you.

  15. Nina Yenchko said,

    February 2, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    What an encouragement to my heart to read your blog tonight. You are reflecting Christ to a people who are truly afraid of death because we don’t understand the door it opens. Thank you for being so open and honest –

    We have appreciated your friendship and love – and humor and and and… for decades now. We are praying and know with out a shadow of doubt that you are not walking this road alone.

    Thanks be to God,

  16. Mabel & Phillip Hui said,

    February 3, 2007 at 2:52 am

    We are constantly remembering you in our prayers. We thank God for your great testimony of faith in the midst of great storms. For you all have been an encouragment to us in our walk of faith.
    May God continue to pour his Grace upon you and your family at this time, that you may be filled with His Peace and Comfort.
    May God Bless Your Day.
    In His Love,
    Phillip & Mabel Hui

    😉 no need to write back!

  17. Dan Macha said,

    February 3, 2007 at 6:53 am

    as i read the commments from John about dad renewing his walk with the Lord I thought of John 12. The kernal of wheat that is your suffering is already producing a harvest. And there is a greater yield to come.

    With you this weekend, even though we are out of town.

    dan and nancy

  18. Rita Harris said,

    February 3, 2007 at 8:22 am

    I am sitting here and reading your words and tears are rolling down. Not tears of sorrow but tears of gratefullness, humility and praise that I and my family are exposed to God’s grace and love through our family.
    I am praying for you.

    Love you,

  19. Steve Nash said,

    February 3, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Al, Libby and family,
    My family and I, as well as several of my students, continue to pray for you. May the Lord’s presence and peace continue to sustain you. Your courage and faith have touched as all.
    Steve Nash
    WTS ’86, ’00
    São Paulo, Brazil

  20. Aimee Gerhard said,

    February 3, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Dear Al & Libbie –

    I have been praying for your family and will continue to do so.

    Aimee Gerhard

  21. Elizabeth said,

    February 3, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Dear Al,
    I thank God that you have shown me more of the all-surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus–both inside and outside of the classroom. May the Lord continue His wonderful grace to you, so that even now you may continue increasing in your delight of Him, drowning out the pain.
    Love and prayers for you, Libbie, and the whole family, Elizabeth

  22. Thabelo said,

    February 3, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Dear Libbie and family

    We just want to let you know that you are not alone. We have been praying and will continue to do so until God accomplish his plans with Al. Thank you so much for keeping us posted. We have learned a lot from you and your family. Al showed so much concern when we first arrive here and always wanting to know how Huli is doing with his studies.

    You are always in our prayers

    Thabelo, Huli and Mudanagundo

  23. Bruce said,

    February 4, 2007 at 7:59 am

    I don’t know if you rember this one, but it seemed to encourage you when I read it (couldn’t sing that day) in a Thanksgiving service. I pray you will always hear these promises of God loud and clear when your eyes are too weary or too filled with tears to see . . . .

    “Here I am, the God of your fathers;
    I know your plight, your suffering I see.
    Now by my signs and awesome wonders I’ll set you free.
    To my holy mountain I’ll take you,
    that you may see and worship me there;
    A royal priesthood I will make you, my praise to declare,
    And my glory to share. Do not fear! Here I am!

    “Here I am, and I will guide you
    in fire by night and cloud by day,
    Marching before and guarding behind you all the way.
    Here I am to strengthen and help you;
    I break the bow and shatter the spear.
    A flood of foes will not overwhelm you, for I am near!
    My children so dear, do not fear! Here I am!

    “And I will carry you through rivers,
    through the waters wild and deep;
    Through the dry and barren desert
    I will guide my chosen sheep;
    In the darkest vale—of death itself—
    I will hold you by the hand.
    My little lambs, do not fear—here I am!

    “Here I am—with you forever—
    a shield and reward to all my own;
    I’ll lead you ‘cross the final river to my home.
    Here I am, to comfort and bless you;
    in your sorrow be of good cheer
    For all the things that harm or distress you will soon disappear!
    And I will dry every tear. Do not fear! Here I am!

    “Through the fire of affliction
    I have come with power to save;
    I have torn the mighty fowler’s snare,
    by my death destroyed the grave.
    I have ransomed from the lion’s den,
    and I can do it all again!
    My little lambs, do not fear—HERE I AM!”

    -Bruce Johnson, 1995

  24. Rita said,

    February 4, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    I am sitting here and waiting for the good news that Al is free from his suffering and not so good news for you Libbie and kids. But again, you Libbie have been such a testimonie of grace and strength in the Lord. Thank you,

    I am with you in prayer and thought this night,


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