Becky’s Graduation

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 8:36 am by Al

We had a very good trip to witness and celebrate our daughter Rebeckahís graduation from Dartmouth College this past weekend. Thanks so much for praying for us. The biggest mercy for me that I was able to make the trip, and to make it without being totally exhausted by it.


  • The joy of being with our daughter in this moment of recognition in life. We are very proud of her.
  • Seeing Libbieís parents (it was the first time I had seen them since learning I was ill)
  • Spending time with all of our children (Alasdair and Lauren work for Navigators Christian Fellowship at Dartmouth)
  • Watching Becky perform with her improv comedy group one last timeóit was a very energetic and humorous evening.
  • Seeing my oldest niece, Kirsten, and her husband Matt and learning in-person that they are expecting their first child in January
  • Participating in the graduation ceremony itself. Elie Wiesel was the commencement speaker, and he challenged the audience about justice and love.
  • Spending time with our children’s friends and their families at various events
  • Running into one of our former professors and his wifeóboth were very dear to us when we were in college and have been wonderful to Becky, Alasdair and Lauren in these recent years.

So, the weekend was a great time and success even though it was unseasonably rainy and cold. Thankfully it didnít actually rain during the ceremony (which is always outdoors), even though it was threatening, cool, and windy.

One challenge, due to ongoing swelling resulting from the blood clot in my leg, was that I mostly lay around watching others do things, like move Beckyís possessions into our van for transport back to Philadelphia. Itís hard to do nothing in the face of tasks to be done! The Lord is doing something in me all the time. There is no end to the sanctification process it seems.

The past two days I have mostly wanted to rest, though I have not felt the general malaise of recent weeks as intensely. Still I am sleeping away entire afternoons at the moment. Itís hard to muster the energy for the necessary things each day, much less anything beyond normal.

Even though tired, I am encouraged that as I read scripture my concentration has been better than at earlier periods in the winter when exhaustion and pain made it difficult to really engage the Bible. But it isnít much good for much else it seems at the moment. Simple conversations can be a taxing search for words and thoughts (something I have had trouble with for years as a result of fibromyalgia, but which now seems to have taken another step forward.)

The trip ran late, but we have recovered amazingly well, thanks to the Lordís hand on us. His hand is always there.

Again, thanks for praying.

Blessings, Al


  1. mary conway said,

    June 18, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    hi guys- so glad graduation went well, i’ll bet everybody is exhausted esp. al so pray for good rest for all. libbie, so sorry to hear of the false coronation and that you have to go thru more work. will be thinking of you tommorrow and praying nov. takes. have some dental work coming up myself and thethought strikes fear into me even tho novocaine works for me. if it doesnt work could you be transferred to an oral surgeon and just be knocked out? or at least partialllly sedated? hope there are some options there. anyway thinking of you guys all the time, love, mary

  2. donna b said,

    June 22, 2006 at 7:45 am

    Hey Al–
    Having been relegated to the bed many times in my life–and watched on as others did the work–I “hear” you. It is not easy to watch others work. It is not easy to be side-lined and not engage in activites with people we love and enjoy.
    One thing I have discovered in those times is that I have a list of what makes me valuable. God is His love for me (a wayward, forgetful, stiff-necked type) is He faithfully strips me of my list. Yeah–the sanctification process never ends. At the end of the stripping I am left with–God loves me because He loves me. I am grateful for that truth.
    Thank you for continuing to allow me –us– to walk in this journey with you. And to pray for you and enter into your joys and sorrows. It is a rare privilege to see God’s work in the life of His suffering children. Thank you. Much love to you and you family. donna b

  3. Wang said,

    October 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

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