Two Notes

Posted in From Al & Libbie, General, Updates at 7:31 am by Libbie

Here are two notes relative to the memorial service on Saturday, one for those who cannot come, and one for those who can:

If you cannot attend the service, experiments are underway to try to film it in such a way that you can watch it live on this blog site. If the technological wizards who know how to do such things succeed, that will be confirmed here so you will know ahead of time. Al was always fascinated by developments in technology, so we know he would get such a charge out of this.

If you are planning to come to the service, I thought I would let you know how the children and I are planning to dress. We will wear black because of the deep sorrow and terrible loss that death has dealt us. But we will also be wearing colorful clothes to celebrate the fact that death is defeated and Al is now enjoying Life, and health, and beauty and color that we can’t even imagine. You may feel free to wear strictly somber colors, if you prefer, or to join us in including splashes of bright colors of victory if you are comfortable doing so. We look forward to seeing you there!



  1. Becky Wilson said,

    February 8, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Libbie, once again I am struck by the timing of your comments and the details you address.
    I was hoping you’d all be able to be with Al when he died, and you took the time to tell us about that.
    I wondered what newspaper to look in to read more about Al in his obituary, and you kindly sent the full text to my computer.
    I was thinking about the mundane detail of getting dressed Saturday, and lo and behold, you took the time to comment on even this.
    Thank you, thank you, for continuing to minister to all of Al’s worldwide family through this blog. We are grateful that you instinctively seem to know what sorts of questions we have, and that you make the time to help us with the answers.

    God be your strength today.


  2. Vicki said,

    February 8, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Though you don’t know me, I’ve been following your blog for months, and giving updates to my husband who was diagnosed with scalp melanoma last year. My heartfelt prayers for you and family, Libbie. {{Hugs}}} You and your husband’s faith and ongoing testimonies have infused me with renewed hope and encouragement for our future. Though we never know quite what to expect, we know the Lord is faithful. Your lives both reflected that during this emotional journey. Oh, yes, and I was humbled to see your precious husband’s name inside the flap of my new Reformation Study bible, listed among the Old Testament contributors. God bless you and all the children. I have to admit, I broke down in tears when I came here and discovered that your husband had gone to be with the Lord. We had both just returned from my husband’s mother’s funeral. What a blessing to know they’re both rejoicing in glory now!

    Thank you, Libbie. We will keep your family covered in prayer in the weeks and months to come.

  3. Islandgirl said,

    February 8, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Libbie- I too love the way our technology has taken off-thanks for everything you are doing in order to keep us informed with all the details during such a time as this- thanks-keeping you and your family in our prayers. Also, I went to the Philadelphia paper online to view the obituary of Al and there is a guest book that you can sign in and post comments.

  4. Becca Hagerty said,

    February 9, 2007 at 7:14 am

    Dearest Grove family – As you continue to walk through these days I am comfprted that God is near you. Libbie, as you said, there is relief and joy knowing that Al is with our Lord. And as you said the deep grief and tears will wave and engulf you. I sometimes stop and can’t believe that I continue on. I often think about the life God is calling you to now and trust him for you. So sorry for your grief. Love, Becca

  5. Jan Kreft said,

    February 9, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Dearest Libbie,

    I have so appreciated your continued comments on the blog, it has helped me to continue to feel a part of the closure, thank you.

    You and the kids continue in my prayers daily as you’ve got an entirely new path ahead of you now and just so many new things to learn and to deal with. I’m specifically praying for the closeness of the Lord to you in the days and weeks ahead, and for inspiration as you have so many unfamiliar things to deal with.

    Thank you for your testimony and your continued sensitivity to us.

    All my love – Jan.

  6. Allace Sander said,

    February 9, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    I just wanted to thank you; Jesus’ love has been so evident in the lives of you and your husband! As I’ve observed you both (as I’ve grown up in the church), wow! the Lord has worked so much in your lives. I’ve been reading Al’s blog for a while now and true to form, Al did not drown in sorrow! It sounds like he danced into Jesus’ arms. And so I didn’t want to wear black at th service — this is a happy event! Al’s with the Lord. I envy him! May the Lord be with you, I’m praying for your family.

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