Photos from Zapped

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Photos at 7:45 pm by Al

Two photos from the Gamma Knife procedure–the harness is screwed onto my head. It’s a pretty amazing thing, though screwing it on had its drawbacks…




  1. Becky Wilson said,

    June 7, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Those words crowd my head as I take in the details of these photos.

    First, I thank God for medicine, medical advancement, medically trained personnel, medical facilities. The men and women who work behind the scenes, who know how to use the equipment we see in the background of these photos, these people are a gift to you, as well as to all who come to them with complex, pressing physical needs. I feel convicted that I don’t thank God enough for the ready availability of such training and knowledge.

    Then there are those who serve you in non-medical ways, providing fresh sheets, clean floors, food trays, answers to questions. These people, too, are a gift as they do their jobs faithfully.

    And I can’t help but wonder how many of these people (medical and otherwise) who serve you in this time of need will in turn be served by having a front row seat to the story of the grace of God worked out in your experience.

    So all that is one thought.

    And the other is that, when I look at you two together, I think, “That’s what LOVE looks like. The genuine article.” Though I didn’t attend your wedding, I’d venture to say that you are both more beautiful today than you were then, for you have had Christ at work in you collectively and individually in and out of years, and most recently in this year. Thank you for letting us walk with you.

    You are loved.

  2. Craig Higgins said,

    June 8, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    While my true sentiments are very much along the lines of the previous comment, I just can’t resist saying that those pictures reminded me (in some perverse way) of winter Hebrew almost 20 years ago. Something about “screwed into my head”…..

    We do love you guys!

  3. Jonathan Inman said,

    June 8, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    I thought it looked a lot like Anthony Hopkins & Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs.

  4. Jason Epps said,

    June 8, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Dear Al,

    You and I don’t know each other, but I was on WTS’s website looking for courses on urban ministry today and I read about what was going on with you. I just wanted to send a quick note and let you know that I am praying for you and your family. I’ll check back regularly and see how you are my friend. God give you strength!

    Jason Epps
    Salt Lake City, Utah

  5. Paul said,

    June 8, 2006 at 9:20 pm

    Dear Dr. Groves,

    If you hadm’t learned it by now, which I am sure you have, humility is required at the entrance to the hospital. All procedures eventually reduce you to this. Hang in there and know even this is used by God!


  6. Andy said,

    June 8, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Thinking of you guys, and looking forward to seeing you soon. My parents send their best as well, and check your site regularly.

  7. Charles and Anne Clayton said,

    June 9, 2006 at 7:47 am

    Today at our staff devotions I shared a little about you and showed them the photo of your head in a vice. We read Psalm 42 together and I invited them to join us in praying for you.

    So on this Friday morning, here on one of the highest points of the Mount of Olives, with the sun streaming on to the Old City beneath us, you were lifted to God in prayer by some friends that you never knew you had.

    World Vision Jerusalem

  8. mel moore said,

    June 9, 2006 at 8:37 am

    wow, al looks like a super hero or something! Justin and i continue to pray for you both and for your family. we hope your time up north is rewarding and relaxing.

    mel (and justin)

  9. Craig Combs said,

    June 9, 2006 at 10:25 am

    Dear Al,
    This morning I was praying for you as I reflected on Psalm 4. As I put those words on the lips of the Lord Jesus — the one true godly man whom God set apart for himself, and whom he hears — I took comfort for you, and for myself. The Lord surely hears you because of Jesus, and he surely will continue to put gladness in your heart and cause you to sleep in peace and dwell in safety.

    I look forward eagerly to coming to Philadelphia for 2 weeks in August, and I very much want see you if your circumstances permit it.

    The Lord bless you and keep you, dear brother.

  10. Gerard said,

    June 9, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Phew . . . I’m so relieved it went well. Thank God.

    I goofed up the blog thing and thought there was no message since 31 May. Stupid of me not to realise we had changed months! Now I see that your silence was not silence at all. My prayers were real though.

    Libbie and Al, keep smiling as best you can. It is a wonderful thing to see.


  11. donna buddemeier said,

    June 12, 2006 at 9:53 am

    Hi Guys–
    Love the pictures! Thank you for sharing–and for your humor in the midst of tribulation. I am grateful to the Lord for humor–I know it is a gift from Him. Thank you for sharing your lives in such a public way. You’re giving us all a glimpse of God’s glory in, through and around you. You’re giving us a gift–thank you. We continue to put you before the Throne of Grace and we love you. Jesus is the Rock eternal. love, db

  12. John Eddy said,

    June 15, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    I really want to say something insightful and comforting, but all I can do is wonder how you eat with that bar thing over your mouth… so now I am really concerned for you. I suppose you could hang noodles on it or something.

    My prayers are that God will continue show His affection to you and Libby and your kids through all of this.

    with much affection of my own,

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