Tuesday morning.

Aunt Dot just posted this message in the comments of yesterday’s post.   I am reposting it here.

From 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,


I know that God is hearing John’s name a lot right now.  People all over the world are praying for him to wake up and get up, just like Jesus healed Lazarus.  We trust God to take care of John and each of us.  He is a good God, everyday.

We sing an old hymn in our church–Blessed Assurance–the words of which seem applicable to John today.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.


Perfect submission, perfect delight,

visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

angels descending bring from above

echoes of mercy, whispers of love.


Perfect submission, all is at rest;

I in my Savior am happy and blest,

watching and waiting, looking above,

filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

There is nothing new to report.  Again, from this afternoon moving forward, we ask that you give the Courtney/Waters family a little time alone with John.

If you have any stories of John that you would like to share, feel free to do so here.  John touches the lives of a lot of people, and I know Dot and the kids are hanging on to every piece of John they can.  They would love to hear your funny stories, sweet anecdotes, or anything about John you can share.

As always, when there is news, I will share it.  I know we are all hungry for news of a miracle.

7 responses to “Tuesday morning.

  1. Dave and Chris Ryland

    You are all in our continual prayers. On our bathroom mirror (my ‘prayer mirror’) next to John’s name is the following verse:

    “HE performs wonders that cannot be fanthomed, miracles that cannot be counted. All Glory to God” ~ Job 9:10

    We love you all

  2. It is never too late to pray for one of God’s miracles for John. We are praying quite diligently. Since there are a lot of prayers, I’m sure God is hearing us. I continue to pray for the families of John. Keep them all strong. Give his Mum strength as she arrives here today. Possibly John will have some positive reactions.

  3. Liesa Beverly

    Dear Dorthy, I am so sorry this happened. I continue to pray for John and each one of you. Your words today have lifted me as you have so many times before. I am so thankful that you all know the Lord who gives us peace that surpasses understanding. Love to you all.

  4. Dorthy, my very best friend, please rest and take care of yourself. Know that we are all praying for God’s comfort during this time for your family. Love you all. Susan,Steve,Hope, Haley, and Hanna

  5. Dear Dorothy,

    I was so sorry to hear about John. Please know that we will be praying for all of you. May Gods peace that passes all understanding be with you.

    Ruth, Dave, Jason, Kevin and Rebecca

  6. The Woodards

    When I heard that John is able to think and hear, I thought.. JOHN must be praying too!
    You all know what John’s prayers might be at this point. You all know if he could speak what words he might say.
    When this stroke invaded John’s body/mind, it has somehow been in OUR lives like the invasion on Normandy times a thousand.
    John is a huge man with a lot of purpose and even me, the wife of one of his long time workers/friends feels the essence of his being as we pray for an ultimate miracle.
    Here, my husband Wers and I wish we were stronger people and vow to become that in the days ahead with John Courtney as an example.
    minus the great stress he was under.
    In Normandy there were great ships coming into the harbors, HERE there are great ships full of prayers, hope and faith. Powerful personality such as John’s deserves no less.
    Lorie Woodard

  7. Dorthy, Lora and Andy,

    My heart has been heavy since I received the news of John’s stroke. Ken and I are praying and petitioning the Lord for John’s healing and for strength, courage and mercy for you and the entire family. May you feel His presence every day and lean into Him for support. You are loved!!

    Ken and Carol Holt