At 3pm, California time, the nurses who have served John so diligently, removed all of the tubes that were keeping him alive. This includes his breathing and feeding tubes. They cleaned him up and shaved his face. His family has been with him since then. They had a last communion together, and not one, but two, Irish priests prayed over him and delivered his last rites. This was an important event for his Irish Catholic mother and sister. It was amazing that there were two Irish priests in little old Auburn, but God provides. Andy thinks that it might be the beginning of a good joke: “Two Irish Priests walk into the ICU….” Johne has been anointed and loved and touched today. All of the family is wearing his soccer (football) jerseys. The afternoon has been all about taking in the last moments with John.
And John is living on. His oxygen levels fluctuate but seem strong. His heartbeat is steady. The nurses are giving him morphine each hour to insure that he is absolutely comfortable. The only thing left is for God to call him home.
Through this experience, lives have been changed. As I type, a man from John’s church is being baptized, partially due to the events of this week. This can only be attributed to the way John lived–boldly and fully.
Pray for swiftness and peace. John could live for days. Arrangements will be made when he passes. The loss is only ours, not John’s. Praise God for the time he gave us with John!