A Matter of Hours…

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 4:19 pm by Libbie

A hospice nurse was here today and thinks that perhaps Al will pass away in the next little while, maybe tonight, or this afternoon, or tomorrow.

We are having good times of worship around his bed. What an amazing thing to be just hours away from heaven! We can almost taste it for Al.

Will keep you posted.



  1. Luke Morris said,

    February 4, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    hey alden I hope you feel better knowing that your dad will be in heaven praising our heavinly father in our next life. I want to let you know that we were praying for you and your family over the month and I feel very sorry that you have been going through this for so long I know I can’t last as long as you knowing that some one close to me has cancer or some other disiese.
    well I hope that you and your family will overcome your dad’s sickness

    Luke Morris

  2. Greg & Christine Hewlett said,

    February 4, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Libbie and family,

    Al shared these encouraging words from Ps 138 with me at one of my lowest points…

    Though the LORD is on high,
    he looks upon the lowly,
    but the proud he knows from afar.
    Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life;
    you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes,
    with your right hand you save me.
    The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your love, O LORD, endures forever
    — do not abandon the works of your hands.

    Al emphasized his own confidence that the purpose of God for him would be perfectly accomplished. And he encouraged me that this is true for me and for all those who belong to the Lord.

    Love, Greg

  3. Mitchell Green said,

    February 5, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Groves Family,

    I will continue to pray for you all. I thank God for Mr. Groves and all of you. The encouragment and example of faith that you all are goes far, far, far beyong words.
    I praise the Lord for the hope that he continues to bring and that our faith is able to wash away any fear.

    Blessings, Mercy and Love!

  4. Meredith Noble said,

    February 5, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Dear Libbie and family,

    Through a God ordained “coincidence”, I met Nan Powlinson tonight (here in Virginia) and we had the privelege of praying together for all of you. I wish I had written sooner to tell Al what a blessing and an example he was to me back at Dartmouth. He was the first real Christian I knew there and he was the one I went to to pray with me when my mother was dying of cancer. I will never forget the way he pointed me towards Jesus. What a wonderful welcome there will be for him in heaven! I pray God will give you all grace, strength and comfort tonight and in the days ahead.

    Love, Meredith

  5. Lacy Tomer said,

    February 5, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Dear Libbie and Al, Alastair & Lauren, Beckie, Eowyn, and Alden,

    A few days ago I turned on the radio to WFIL 560 AM. I caught a program in progress. Someone was interviewing a man who was talking about God’s
    grace and faithfulness in the midst of suffering. It was very encouraging to me as I sometimes struggle with thoughts about my illness. I thought “This is great! Al should hear this too! ” Then after listening a while longer I realized that the speaker WAS Al, and the interviewer was Dr. Peter Lillback, the president of Westminster seminary. Someone else in our mini-church also heard that program and was encouraged by it. Not to mention who knows how many others?
    It is God’s handiwork that He took something that is so feared in our culture -facing death the last great enemy- and used it for His glory. God is using Al’s journey to show people that God does walk through the valley of the shadow of death with those that love Him and that because of Him we need fear no evil.

    Our family is praying for you all.

  6. Becky Wilson said,

    February 5, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Yes, as Lacy said, God has certainly used this journey for His glory. This blog has been a gift to us, a front-row seat to the Show and Tell of God’s sweet presence and provision in the midst of a year like no other. Thank you for it. We are indebted to you for taking the time to give us this gift. We are praying for you. We love you. And we are here for the long haul.


  7. Myriam and Bob said,

    February 5, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Dear Libby,

    Our hearts and prayers are with you.


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