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Posted in General at 3:55 pm by Karyn

Just a quick note to encourage friends and family to feel free to leave comments to the posts here. We’ve removed the extra step of registering first so that it is easier for you.

To leave a comment, just click on “Comments” (below the post you are responding to) and you will be taken to a screen that will allow you to write your message. When you post a comment you will be asked to provide a name and email address, but this is just to help keep “spam” comments out! Your email address will not be displayed with the comment. Your comments and thoughts are a great encouragement.


  1. alasdair said,

    March 14, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Hey guys,

    Finally got here and looked at the blog. You are doing a wonderful job (both of you) in keeping it updated. It was really cool to see a picture of you guys all smiling, and it both touched me and comforted me.

    Glad Becky is home, and I continue to be praying! (had a wonderful conversation with our pastor don willeman today about a similar situation he had with his father, and he had encouragement for me which was wonderful.)

    love you,

  2. Peter and Margaret Reynolds said,

    March 14, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    Greetings dear friends. We have followed all your news with a keen and prayful interest.

    I attended a faculty meeting at Covenant Seminary recently where Donald Guthrie bought your news to the meeting and they prayed for you. A wonderful moment of brotherly love in action.

    We have wonderful memeories of your kindnesses to us many years ago. We will continue to uphold you all before the Throne.

    Peter R

  3. David Chen said,

    March 14, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    Dear professor Groves:

    The Chinese students at WTS are all praying for you and wishes that God is comfort to you and your family and friends.

    Your careful teaching of the Word and your humility as a person have deeply made theological learning an holistic experience for many of us here at WTS.

    God bless.

    Get well soon! We still haven’t made our trip to China yet!!!

    In Christ,
    David Chen

  4. Tasha said,

    March 14, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    Hey Al,

    I wish I could be back in beautiful Philly with you guys again – lazing in the late summer sun or some such! But as the wise writer of Ecclesiastes said – there is a time for everything. I don’t know if I can ever describe what that time last September did for me. Refreshing doesn’t quite cover it – but thank you (and your family) for sharing that time with me!!

    I just wanted you to know that I’m with you on the prayer front even on this side of the ocean. I also wanted to say thank you for being so inspirationally humble – I tend to get angry or upset about such petty things, and your patience and deep-rooted joy have encouraged me to get on my knees a little more often.

    As always,

    PSALM 62v5-8: Find rest O my soul in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.

  5. hyun191 said,

    March 14, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Prof. Groves,

    I pray that God will make a way for you. I believe every single WTS student is praying hard for you. Many Koreans at WTS love you. I always appreciate your wonderful teaching. OTHT II was a really fun class. I pray God will continue to strengthen you physically and spiritually.

    In His Grace,

    Inhyun Ryu

  6. Dennis Reidenbach said,

    March 14, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie,

    Well I’m new to this “blog thing” so I am probably going to hit the wrong button or do somthing wrong.

    I just wanted to let you know that all of your brothers and sisters from the “old Ardsley Mini-Church” that started out in Dave and Nan’s house, moved on to you leading our group, and continues to meet today gathered tonight and spent time in prayer for you and your family.

    You are such dear friends to all of us and we want you to know that we are commited to praying for you and assisting you in any way we can.


    Dennis and Kris Reidenbach (also for the Ed and Jean, Steve and Linda, Heidi and John, Tony and Carol, Mariah, Linda, and Marcy).

  7. Josh Chen said,

    March 15, 2006 at 1:46 am

    Dear Prof. Groves,

    Though I was never able to follow through with the seminarian lunch meetings, I deeply appreciated that talk with you last semester about renewal and revival, humility and God’s working of faith in our lives. I really saw your words embodied in your life and teaching. We miss seeing you on campus, and we students are grateful for how God has worked through you in our lives. I continue to pray for his peace and serenity over you and your family, as well as his healing hope. May he sustain you through this time.

    in Him,
    Josh Chen

  8. mike sharrett said,

    March 15, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Al and family,
    I pray for you every day. You are loved and so appreciated. May the Lord’s peace flood your hearts. May the Great Physician extend your years.
    His lovingkindness is great.

  9. Craig Combs said,

    March 15, 2006 at 10:28 am

    Dear Al,
    I have continued to pray for you frequently. The notes and updates are helpful so we can pray with better specificity. I am asking the Lord to complete the good work he began in you. I am praying that he will sanctify you and magnify his name in you — even through your suffering, and even as I plead with God to ease the pain you are experiencing.
    The Lord is good, and I continue to pray he causes you to experience his goodness moment by moment.
    Your brother,
    P.S. the blog is a great idea, and thanks to whomever fixed the small problem with leaving comments (I have meant to leave one for a couple of days, but couldn’t).

  10. Craig Combs also said,

    March 15, 2006 at 10:31 am

    p.s. if your feet are still too sore, just “YIQTOL through the Tulips” (does that ring a bell?)

  11. Alex Burgess said,

    March 15, 2006 at 12:40 pm


    I just discovered your blog and was sorry to hear the news of your illness. I will remember you in prayer.

    With love and admiration,
    Alex Burgess
    (WTS ’97)

  12. John Hanna said,

    March 15, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    Dear Prof Groves:

    I enjoyed your thoroughly pastoral charge to Prof Enns today. . . yes, even as a Yankees fan. Unfortunately, I recall all too well the increasingly tension filled extra innings of Game 5.

    Thank you and your family for your gracious testimony. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.


  13. Kyuboem Lee said,

    March 16, 2006 at 10:02 am

    Christe and I learned of your illness with sorrow. I profited greatly from your teaching during my M. Div. days, and I look back on Winter Hebrew (Jan. 97, when ice storms were the norm) not only with a shudder but also with great fondness. We are praying for you and your family.

  14. Kin Lam said,

    March 16, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    I honestly don’t remember much from my OTHTII class… But I still remember vividly that morning (in Spring 1998) when you admonished the few “unidentified” students who had kept the Judges commentaries in the library from others…

    You said, with tears, “How can you do that when Jesus loves you so?!”

    It sticks with me all these years… Thanks Professor Groves!

  15. Trina Wisecup said,

    March 16, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie, and Eowyn and Alden,

    Grace and peace in abundance to all of you. My heart continues to cry out and prayers up as I read your blogs. I cried over the blisters on your feet. I am glad you have such compassionate doctors – please don’t ever hesitate to contact them for help and questions. Trust me (I’m a doctor :-)) it is no bother!! Your (all of you) quiet strength even in the midst of tears and weakness is such a testimony of God’s grace and power in your lives. Thank you for being so willing and transparent in sharing your difficulties and joys and allowing all of us the opportunity to “walk” along with you sharing both the joys and sorrows you share. You have greatly humbled me with your example of looking to God in faith and trust – O that I would do that in much smaller things!!!
    I also offer not just my compassion which you have, but also my skills as a family doctor – if you have questions, need anything looked at to know if you need to go see your doctor, can’t hold of your regular doctors – please feel free to call me anytime, day or night (I’m usually up late). It would give me an opportunity to serve you as you have served me as a teacher and now, as a friend. May God bless you all with daily strength, even for each moment. You all are most definitely loved deeply.
    Trina 🙂

  16. Kyuboem Lee said,

    March 17, 2006 at 9:30 am

    I posted the following on my blogsite today. I felt the need to share your story with the people in my own life, because I have been so strengthened by your account of faith in the midst of this hardship. “Flossing as an Act of Hope” greatly moved me. Thank you. – Q

    “Dying in Abundant Life

    Even as G. Hope is celebrating the answered prayer for a new building that promises renewed vigor and things that pertain to life (fixing up, cleaning up, settling in, growing as a church and in doing ministry…) I am made sober and deeply aware of how faith is also about suffering, hardship, loss, and dying. A professor at Westminster, Al Groves, has been diagnosed with melanoma. It is a cancer that started on his skin and spread to his lungs. His doctors are not talking of a cure, only of life extension.

    The account of how he and his family are facing this suffering with a great hope in the life they have in Christ has been a great encouragement to me. I am learning tremendously about living from this account of “death” because it’s not really a story of death but a story of the only kind of real life that there is. When one hopes in Christ, to die is to live (Phil. 1:21).

    Well, it’s better if you hear directly from him. I encourage you to go and read his blog.”

  17. David and Sharon Covington said,

    March 17, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    “Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay from his own fullness all he takes away.” Our hearts are with you all there on Heather Lane, on campus, in the car. I’ve just been listening to John Piper’s biography of Bunyan, in which he remarks that the ones that have the greatest appreciation of God’s total sovereignty are those who have suffered most. I would have said you believed enough in sovereignty already! God is wise and good, and we will pray for you that your strength in weakness may not fail, that God will sweeten for you his myriad blessings in the midst of dark days, and that his purposes in you all will be accomplished, and that that these will not remain entirely hidden from you. I know that his purposes through you are being accomplished; we grasp more vividly than ever the goodness and power of God in your expressions of faithfulness in the midst of rather plain talk–attenuated, I am sure–about this hard road. We thank God and you for this encouragement. We are deeply affected. All the moreso because of how unspeakably dear you are to us.

    We continue to pray for your health, spirits, fellowship, support, care, hope, love for each other and your dear children. Thank you for giving us the chance to read your news, see pictures of your wriggling regelim (OH MY!) and respond to you thus; This is my first blog, but its creator has done us a service in God and we are grateful.

    Our love to you all,


  18. Peter Wallace said,

    May 6, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie,
    I grieved when I heard the news. But I rejoice that even as you are conformed to the likeness of Christ in his sufferings, so also you will be conformed to the likeness of Christ in his resurrection.

    I’m preaching through Samuel (thanks to your exhortations and example in class, in ten years of ministry I have preached more sermons on the OT than the NT!), and tomorrow night David comes to Gethsemane–and as he leaves Jerusalem to cross the Kidron and go up the Mount of Olives, he tells the priests not to follow him. He leaves the ark of God–the presence of God–behind him as he goes out into his exile. Thanks be to Jesus, you don’t have to do that!

    Even as we shared blessed fellowship at the throne of grace for three years in your study at WTS, rest assured that the prayers of the saints will continue to arise to the throne of God on behalf of you and your family.


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