Thank you for the continued prayers on John’s behalf.  So many of you have provided concrete help in our time of need.  You know who you are.  We give you our deepest gratitude.

Last night, the family gathered with a saint of a nurse (Tess).  She works in Roseville as a neurology nurse.  She came on her own time and provided a sweet ministry to Dorthy, Lora, Andy, et al.  She explained step by step what has happened to John.  She explained that the MRI actually showed that John suffered two types of strokes–ischemic and hemorrhagic.  This has caused severe brain damage.  He is probably not in pain, however, he is receiving pain medications to insure his comfort.  She described him as being somewhat trapped in his own mind.  The top of his brain may be able to hear and think, but from the bridge of his nose down he is likely paralyzed.  Tess referenced the Diving Bell and the Butterfly Documentary as something to associate with what John may be experiencing.

Tess also provided great insight into what the next steps should be.  We are all waiting until John’s mum, Ann, and sister, Tina, arrive on Tuesday evening at 6 pm to make any decisions.  From Tuesday afternoon moving forward, we ask for only immediately family to visit the hospital.  This will give them a chance to be with their dad, husband, son, brother, son-in-law, etc. 

I promise to provide any details of need as they arise.  For now, we need prayers. 

These are the words that have been on our hearts.  We have found great comfort in prayer and scripture.  Even without words, we know that God understands our needs. 

Isaiah 43

But now, this is what the LORD says—
   he who created you, Jacob,
   he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
   I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
   they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
   you will not be burned;
   the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
   Cush and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
   and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
   nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
   I will bring your children from the east
   and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
   and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
   and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
   whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and made.”

 8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
   who have ears but are deaf.
9 All the nations gather together
   and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this
   and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
   so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD,
   “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
   and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
   nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD,
   and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
   I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.
 13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
   When I act, who can reverse it?”

 14 This is what the LORD says—
   your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon
   and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians,
   in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
   Israel’s Creator, your King.”

 16 This is what the LORD says—
   he who made a way through the sea,
   a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
   the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
   extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 “Forget the former things;
   do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
   Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
   and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me,
   the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
   and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
 21 the people I formed for myself
   that they may proclaim my praise.

 22 “Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,
   you have not wearied yourselves for me, Israel.
23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,
   nor honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with grain offerings
   nor wearied you with demands for incense.
24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me,
   or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins
   and wearied me with your offenses.

 25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
   your transgressions, for my own sake,
   and remembers your sins no more.
26 Review the past for me,
   let us argue the matter together;
   state the case for your innocence.
27 Your first father sinned;
   those I sent to teach you rebelled against me.
28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;
   I consigned Jacob to destruction
   and Israel to scorn.

Psalm 34

 1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
   his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
   let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
   let us exalt his name together.

 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
   he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
   their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
   he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
   and he delivers them.

 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
   blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
   for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
   but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Whoever of you loves life
   and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
   and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
   seek peace and pursue it.

 15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
   to blot out their name from the earth.

 17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
   he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
   and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

 19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
   but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
   not one of them will be broken.

 21 Evil will slay the wicked;
   the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants;
   no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

13 responses to “Monday

  1. my best thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. it is wonderful that you are using the energy and space of your blog to harness prayer and to share memories of JOhn’s life.
    kristen and brent

  2. Praying for you are. This is one that I recite daily and I think is appropriate for you, too.

    Love you Chels.

    Psalm 91
    1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
    3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
    4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
    5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
    6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
    7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
    8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

    9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
    10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
    12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

    14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
    15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
    16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

  3. My husband Bill has been a employee of John’s for a long time. We are sadden of the news of John. Our thoughts and prayers to your family. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you & your family.
    Love Bill & Carla Ryan

  4. Alyse walker (ex Jcrew associate of lora)

    Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24 KJV) continual prayer for your family. God is able but most of all willing to take care of every aspect of this situation nothing is to big or small for him to handle. Look only to him

  5. My son Andrew attends Forest Lake and just loves Mrs. Courtney. Our family is praying for you and hope that you find the ultimate peace that surpasse all understanding these next few days. We love you Mrs. Courtney!

    Chip, DeAnna and Andrew Townley

  6. Keith and Traci

    Dearest Courtney and Waters families,

    We are so grateful for Chelsea’s updates — it keeps us close in touch, during this most difficult time. We love you dearly and want to let you know that we are still here praying for a miracle of healing for John, God’s wisdom and His blessings of peace and comfort for all of you.

    Where there is life, there is hope. Where there is hope, there is love. God is Love, and He is with you always. His grace and promises are forever true.

    We are respecting your request of quiet-healing time for John and family privacy. Please call on us if we can help in any way. We are with you in Spirit and many prayers. Keeping our eyes upon Jesus and lifting you up in friendship.


  7. Karen Comeaux

    Chelsea, Thank you so much for this blog.

    I tried several times today to post a comment but got too emotional. My heart goes out to Dorthy and family. My heart hurts. My little family prayed really hard together tonight for John. My husband reminded me that I always say “We have to trust in the Lord” and “It is in God’s hands”. That gave me the strength to come back and let Dorthy know that we are praying like crazy.
    We all have to keep the faith and believe in the power of praying.

    God bless you all!


  8. Johnny,My mate. I love you,friend. I will treasure every hour we were allowed to spend together. Not too many people in our lives get to be called true friends, You were one to me. If God provides miracles, well, you are one of them. Godspeed, Mate!

  9. Aunt dot / dorthy


    I’m grateful for your love and prayers, from each one of you. I read your comments, they give me comfort, they give Andy and Lora comfort. As a mother, the heart pain of our children is deep. This is life altering. They are crushed, but finding strength in God’s promises. Thank you FLCS, you know who you are, your partnering in teaching God’s word is the foundation of our strength.
    We want God’s will, and John’s wishes to be honored, above all else.
    “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace”.
    Praying for a miracle.
    Thank you sweet friends. You are in my heart.
    I love each and everyone of you,

  10. Lorie Powers

    Dorthy, Lora, Any and Melba, Are hearts are saddened to learn of John’s Stroke. We have a God who is loving and who will provide healing. I pray that you find comfort at this difficult that we are praying for all of you including the Drs and nurses who administer care to him.We love you all.

  11. Gary Baldwin

    Our prayers are still with John, Dorothy, Andy, Lora, Melba along with John’s mother and sister. We know that our faith will grow from these events. We know from the words of the old christian hymm, “God moves in mysterious ways,” we don’t always have the answers to events in our life. What I do know however is the I along with everyone to whom I share John’s story, are still praying for a miricle. And from James 5, we know that the prayer of a righious person is powerful and effective. My God has always been with me and I know that he will do the right thing for John. Praise God.

  12. Kathy Toschi

    Dorthy, know we are in constant prayer for you and your children; we are in continual prayer for God’s will and compassion to bless John. We are here for you, if you need anything. Love and many hugs from Kathy, Bob, Daniella and Ryan

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