Still Here

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 12:04 am by Libbie

Al is still with us. Just wanted you to know.

It’s like waiting at the airport with someone who is about to embark on a fantastic trip…


  1. Harriet & Pete Hanauer said,

    February 5, 2007 at 12:10 am

    Libbie and family:

    We just found out about Al’s current condition. We keep you and Al in our hearts.

    Harriet and Pete

  2. John Mindy McCracken said,

    February 5, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Revelation 21:3-4:
    “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

    We’re praying that this sure hope will be your comfort. Our hearts are heavy.

    John & Mindy McCracken

  3. Todd Bellinger said,

    February 5, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Libbie, please let the kids know that Joanna and I are praying for you all in this time of waiting…
    The Lord is good and his mercy and grace have been so evident in the thoughts and feelings shared on this blog, and throughout your experience down this long road. I am humbled by the way in which you and yours have demonstrated trust in His unfailing love and faith that his ways are good.

    I have been knocking around this song that came to me some time ago as I thought about Al. Never finished it but feel like it’s all that I have to offer to such a man as your husband.

    I have to say brother – I hate to wait
    but I hope this train never gets here today
    I hear the tracks humming, I know you are headin home

    Thanks for the time brother, sorry I’m late
    There’s just a bit more that I’d like to say
    before our times done and you’re up and gone – headed home

    All of the good things I learn the hard way
    and what could I do that would make you delay goin home?

    In Christ in whom all hope rests,


  4. Harmen Talstra said,

    February 5, 2007 at 1:06 am

    Dear friends,
    I coudn’t sleep, so now I check your weblog in the midst of the night. I am thinking of you all!

  5. Ray Seto said,

    February 5, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Dear Libbie and Al,

    Prayed for all of you tonight. In many ways you and your family have been a big encouragement to my wife and I. I praise God for you, and thank you for your willingness to share even during moments of trial such as this.

    In Christ,
    Ray Seto

  6. kae eaton said,

    February 5, 2007 at 1:54 am

    This is a time for family to be together. Know that while you wait, there are those who love you, joined by love, and His blood, all over the world, experiencing too, this amazing thing called the ‘resurrection of the body.’ I love you Al. I love you Groves. I miss you so. Kae.

  7. Natalie Carley said,

    February 5, 2007 at 2:16 am

    Dear family,
    It’s after midnight and I just got in and read your post. It is a shock for me to think that when I wake up Al might no longer be with us, yet I know it is a tender mercy that he has declined so rapidly. Sharing with us how you are seeing him off is another way that you minister.
    I haven’t posted before now because I shy away from public forums, but now I am compelled to testify of how well you all have “let your light shine before men,” and I have seen your good deeds and praise my Father in heaven for them. Al is perhaps the humblest professor I have ever had. Everything from his teaching to his dinner conversation exalted Jesus and reached out to others. You were both so kind to me during my seminary years, extending me an open invitation for dinner, and since then hosting me at times when I came to visit. I can’t believe it was only a little over a year ago that Elsy and I stayed with you.
    Your dear family had already set a standard for me of what a Christ-centered family looks like in daily life. Now you are setting a standard for me of how a Christian family handles death, and it is both poignant and glorious.
    You are probably already thinking about this verse, which comforts me when I think about the experience of dying:

    Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Ps 116:15)

    And precious in the sight of many saints is Al’s passing.
    Thank you for keeping us informed even as you “sow in tears.”
    I am praying that you all continue to experience the Father’s love, the revelation of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit that you need at this time.
    With love and gratitude,

  8. margriet van der kooi said,

    February 5, 2007 at 3:58 am

    Dear Libbie, Kees and I read the weblog, thinking and praying for Al and you and your children. What a wonderful way to say goodbye thinking of the airportmetaphore. Still my heart breaks for you. Love and blessings. Margriet (and Kees, much closer to you in miles)

  9. Eileen Barclay said,

    February 5, 2007 at 3:59 am

    Dear Libby, I wanted so much to see Al and talk with him before this time. Thank you for your love for all of us. It is especially comforting that you have let those of us who don’t know you all as well as we wish we could. Eowyn, your heart to minister will reap what you have sewn in so many of our lives. Look for God’s loving and tender provisions. They are everywhere awaiting your embrace. He will never leave you or forsake you! He heals the brokenhearted and I promise you from my own experience it is NOT a partial healing. It will be COMPLETE and MIRACULOUS. This part of the journey is one of the hardest parts, but you are all going to be together as always. This is only a temporary separation.
    With so much gratitude to know you, Eileen Barclay

  10. Gideon said,

    February 5, 2007 at 5:51 am

    I’m waiting with you and your family.

  11. Jan Kreft said,

    February 5, 2007 at 5:58 am

    Dearest Ones,

    Watching with you and bearing you up in prayer. Just want you to know I’ll be doing a great deal of the same after the departure and over the coming months.

    I love you dearly – Jan.

  12. Ken Stracuzzi said,

    February 5, 2007 at 6:28 am

    Still here too Libby…awaking and praying through the night
    Ken S

  13. John & Heidi Shane said,

    February 5, 2007 at 7:13 am

    We too join in the prayers of our brothers and sisters.

  14. Hendrik Jan Bosman said,

    February 5, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Dear family,

    Just want you to know that we are with you in our thoughts and our hearts in these difficult hours. Love and blessings,

    Hendrik Jan and Annemarieke

Leave a Comment