Still awaiting take-off

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 7:27 am by Libbie

Al is still with us this morning, for how long we don’t know. We will let you know here on the blog when the Lord has come to take him home. Meanwhile, we’re surrounding him, singing, praying, talking to him, worshiping. It’s a precious time.

We appreciate your prayers for strength on little or no sleep,



  1. Eli White said,

    February 5, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Alden and Eowyn,
    I am praying for you and hoping for peace in this difficult time. It’s been so long since we’ve been together but you are still so special to us. I would love to talk to you someday soon. Trust the LORD in all that happens. Although I can’t imagine your pain, l hope you can find joy in knowing that you will one day be joined with your dad again. We will be praying for you.


  2. Marc and Susan said,

    February 5, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    Nothing more to say but just–us too. We are praying too and waiting too. Glad just to be part of the chorus of people who love and are with you all.

    Prayed especially for Alasdair last night and today as God seemed to lead.

    in Jesus
    Marc and Susan

  3. Lauren McManus said,

    February 5, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Dear groves,
    You are in my prayers. Now you know he is with god and is in a good place where he can look over you and be proud that his family is so strong. If ever you need anything i will be more then happy to help. You are such a strong family. Death is hard and there are times when we can be so mad and other times when we don’t know what to feel. From experience i know that at times you want to sit in a corner and cry. You guys have each other don’t forget that. Remember that you also have the church.
    Lauren McManus

  4. The Stark Family said,

    February 5, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Dear Groves Family,

    Our prayers are with you all. Our hearts are breaking and rejoicing at the same time! Breaking for the separation you will surely struggle with and REJOICING for the reunion you will experience when you will be reunited one day! God is merciful and gracious to us, abounding in Love. May you rest in HIS love tonight. Blessings to you.

    Donna for the Starks 🙂

  5. Brigitta said,

    February 5, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    May God Bless you all and give you peace and strength in your home.

  6. Julie Mills said,

    February 5, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Dear Groves Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    May the peace of God be with you.

  7. Anthony Stiff said,

    February 5, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    You are all in our prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. You and Al where such a wonderful light of Christ to me in my first years at the seminary. I will never forget Al’s gentle but deep spirit as a teacher and man of God and his testimony as a true man of God will be shared by me for years to come in ministry as a pastor.
    Grace and Peace to you all,
    Jessica and Anthony Stiff

  8. Sarah Spaulding said,

    February 5, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Dear Groves Family,
    We will be praying for all of you during this time. May you be filled with the peace that passes all understanding that only comes from our Lord Jesus.

    Thank you for continuing to maintain this blog, helping us to know how to pray and share in this time with your family.

  9. judi said,

    February 5, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    libbie, it feels like i have nothing else to say but to repeat what has been said by so many people. you have been in my thoughts and prayers all day today.

    we will miss him terribly but know that he is dancing around heaven with ray dillard at his side. if there is anything i can do for you, i will be there in a flash.


  10. Victoria Johnson said,

    February 5, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    your family has been such an inspiration to me. i will continue to pray for you all. lots of love and prayer
    Sister in christ

  11. margriet van der kooi said,

    February 6, 2007 at 3:54 am

    Dear Libbie and family – `from the rising of the sun’ – when I awoke, Al just passed away. I feel touched, and hope you can mourn, `but not like those who are without hope’ as St Paul says. I know you do.
    We think of you and pray for you. For Al we are happy that there has been an and to his pain, I’m still thinking about your beautiful metaphore about the take-off. It comforts, I just used that metaphore here in the hospital where I am now, being with a very sick patient I visited.
    With love
    Margriet van der Kooi

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