From Florida on Good Friday

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 7:08 pm by Al

[I have had trouble posting to the blogsite while we have been gone. Today I finally solved the problem–cookies must be allowed in order for the login to post. We are not speaking about dessert but those things that allow websites to leave information on your computer for sundry uses.]

We have been enjoying our visit in Florida with my parents. My sister and youngest brother and their families also live here, so we have been enjoying a good time with them as well. It’s been a time of relaxing and visiting and catching up. In addition, we have been fishing (Alden, my dad, a friend and I caught our limit of snapper, which I spent an hour cleaning!), parasailing (Libbie, Eowyn and Alden along with my brother and his two children) and scanning old photos from family albums for digital retrieval in the future.

My brother and I attended a Maundy Thursday service last evening at Marco Presbyterian Church. It was good to be there with him and to take communion together, something we have rarely had opportunity to do. The service was a good reminder of Christ’s final hours and his final words in particular–“Father, into your hands I commit my spirt.”

On the treatment front: Before we left for Florida last week, I started the half dosage of the targeted molecular therapy. After the flight down my feet and hands were showing the telltale signs of blistering and bruising, perhaps worse than the previous attempt at restarting the molecular therapy, although nothing nearly as bad as the first time around. But ice, staying off my feet, and your prayer turned the tide. Last night and today I have had heat in my feet again, but I believe that it is temporary. The one downside is that I have not been able to take the daily walks with my father that I have done on past visits, which is disappointing. I did try the first day, but my feet did not respond well. My fingers were also reddening and hurting early in the week, but that has completely receded. So, for now I seem to be holding steady.

One prayer concern: I have begun to experience regular coughing. Obviously the concern is that this means the tumors are growing. Related to this, I have a CT scan on Monday, April 17 to see whether or not the tumors have multiplied and whether or not the existing ones are continuing to grow. The results will determine future therapy.

As always, thanks for your prayers and concern!

Blessings, Al


  1. judi said,

    April 15, 2006 at 9:29 am

    al, thanks for writing, i’ve been checking your site to see if you’d write while you were gone. i’m so glad to hear you had such a great time fishing (even if you *did* have the yucky job of cleaning…) and that you were able to spend time with your family. It sounds like you all are having great fun!

    Your comment about the coughing is saddening. i will pray for you and for the CT on monday. May the peace of Christ be with you this Easter season.

    much love and prayers

  2. Jin Chong said,

    April 15, 2006 at 10:35 am

    Dr. Groves,
    I heard the news through a Westminster-Cal professor that we invited for Good Friday. You are in my prayers.

    Jin & Su Jin Chong

  3. Dennis Reidenbach said,

    April 16, 2006 at 9:02 am

    Dear Al and Libbie,

    On this glorious day when we celebrate the hope that comes from our Risen Lord, we want you to know that you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. May that hope sustain you each day in every way.

    The Reidenbach Family

  4. susan traylor said,

    April 16, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    Al and Libbie,
    Thank you for writing. It was wonderful to hear you had an enjoyable time in Florida. I know your family enjoyed the time with you all. May the love of Christ be with you as you go through the CT scan tomorrow. Our deepest prayers are with you.
    Love, Susan

  5. Mark A. Stone said,

    April 17, 2006 at 9:19 am

    Al, Libbie, & Family,
    It is good to hear that your visit to Florida has been so full of good memories. It is even better that you are again in communication. I missed hearing how your treatment was going. We will keep Al in our prayers related to the increase in coughing. May the love of Christ carry you through the CT scan.

  6. Peter Radford said,

    April 17, 2006 at 10:39 am

    Professor Grove,

    I never got to thank you for your Isaiah class…thanks! What a wonderful experience to sit under you teaching.

    I want you to know that our church prays for you regularly. Our thoughts are with you.

    In Christ,
    Peter Radford

  7. Jessica McCoy said,

    April 17, 2006 at 3:13 pm


    Thinking about you all and praying for Al today, in particular.

    This is a portion of a George Herbert poem entitled “Easter” that I have been rereading these last several days:

    Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
    Without delays,
    Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
    With him mayst rise:
    That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
    His life may make thee gold, and much more just.

    Much love to the family,

  8. Nan Powlison said,

    April 25, 2006 at 7:53 am

    The Avowal
    by Denise Levertov

    As swimmers dare
    to lie face to the sky
    and water bears them,
    as hawks rest upon air
    and air sustains them,
    so would I learn to attain
    freefall, and float
    into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace
    knowing no effort earns
    that all surrounding grace.

    Here is one of my favorite poems for you to embrace.

    David was speaking at Southern Baptist Seminary last week and has been in “crash mode” these last few days. The time went so well! He came back pumped and with a book and several articles outlined in his mind. This was encouraging.
    It was good to see you briefly at church over the head of Jim Bergwall. I have come over to visit several times, but I guess you were napping or in Florida. You are in our prayers!

    I took the Indian couple who lives with us(Ashok and Vinnie Chacko) down to hear the Messiah at Tenth on Good Friday. You must listen to it through again. It was a Balm of Gilead to my soul. The repeats, going over and over the same phrases in so many different ways especially the “Amen” made me contemplate; Do I wallow in Jesus? Do I sit with Him for long times? Do I savor Him like a kid with a lolipop trying to get the most out of every suck from every angle? Do I keep coming back for more? Do I swim with Him as with dolphins, playful and bubbling with laughter, while holding on for dear life as He spins me through this life and on to eternity.
    Well, instead of being bored as I used to be as a kid going to hear the Messiah with my parents in Boston with all the best orchestras and choruses, in this case I didn’t want it to stop. I wanted it to go on forever, and ever, and ever,and ever……
    I guess this was Handel’s point!!!!!! Glory!!!!

    We will hope to connect soon. Hopefully before I leave for England. May 17th. Oh, I tried to send you Hannah’s e-mails from Uganda on the Dartmoth.org address and they bounced back. Hmmmm
    Love to all. Post Tenebres Lux Nan (and David too)

  9. David E. Frey said,

    April 25, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    Greetings Al & Lib & family, You folk are in my prayers. Thanks for praying for my family and me well over 30 years ago. The Lord is good, I am praying that you all can see His faithfulness in this illness. It was good to learn about your good vacation to Florida and visit with family and friends. Your friend in Jesus, Dave Frey

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