Thursday afternoon.

There is no change at the hospital.  John continues to breath on his own without the help of a ventilator.  John was moved to a regular room that allows Dot to stay with him.  Mamie came to the hospital this morning and had breakfast with Dot.  The doctors are keeping John comfortable.  Dot mentioned the thought of John being a mason in Heaven, but using gold as the stones.  (The Bible references “streets paved in gold.”)  I like the thought of that.
Dot has let John know that it is okay to go be with God.  It is what John needs to hear, even though those are hard words to say. 

John 14:1-4

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

We pray this afternoon for peace, swiftness and finality.  We know John is ready.

10 responses to “Thursday afternoon.

  1. Thank you for the updates. May God bless you too as you grieve and update and do all that you do to keep everyone updated. We will continue to pray.
    The Townley’s.

  2. Praying. Praying. Praying.

  3. The Wickstroms

    We are so grieved about John and his beautiful family he will leave behind, but at the same time we are so encouraged to see a families faith and strength in our Heavenly Father! This whole experience is bringing glory and honor to our Heavenly Father and I know that through this someone or a few someones will come to Christ! We are praying for all of you and will continue to do so! Hugs and love!

  4. Chelline Hill

    Ohhh Dear Dorthy!! I am soooo sorry! I just recently heard of the news as Austin just came out of the hospital from his surgery! My heart just aches for you, Andy, and Lora. I am prayying so hard! Alexis and I knelt by Austin`s bed and all 3 of us held hands and prayed for your sweet husband and you! I love you Dorthy and God has you in his loving arms! Alexis and Austin want you to know that they love you as well!

  5. Still holding you in prayer and my to all. Chloe

  6. cindy harman

    Dorthy…miss you my friend. I have no words. I think about John all day & looking into those beautiful blue eyes of his. I’m so glad I was able to talk with you and see John. I think maybe the reason of what happened to Paul allowed me to do this. Thank you Jesus! I have been reading all the updates and want to thank the person who offered to do this for you….so necessary for those of us that reach out for any information we can. We are in Pismo right now and will be back next week. Love you Dorthy, Lora, & Andy!

    God bless & surround you,

  7. Dave & Connie Thornton

    Dorthy, Andy, & Lora, we are so sorry to hear this news. We are holding you in our hearts and lifting you up. Your strength and courage is a lesson to us. God bless all of you–Dave & Connie

  8. Marae Lengtat

    dorthy, My heart aches for you and the kids but I am praying for peace that surpasses all understanding for all of you. I know that many lives are being touched by you during this time and that even now John is being used by God to further His kingdom here on earth.
    Thank you, Chelsea, for keeping us all updated so faithfully.

  9. Brandon & Jessica Alexander

    Dorthy, Lora & Andy,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! We pray that you would find peace that surpasses all understanding and that you would be comforted by the holy spirt. John will be truly missed. We just have to continue to thank God for our eternal life! May our Mighty Savior continue to bless you and your sweet family with courage and strength. “Heaven is for Real!!”
    All our love,
    The Alexander’s

  10. We will all miss John and the vitality he has always had. His smile and laugh, and his warm friendship. He will be welcomed in heaven with open arms, and i know will finally have the peace that passes all understanding.

    Dorthy, we pray for you and your peace. Psalm 23 is my favorite and always has been, may He lead you through this difficult time and give you still waters to restore your soul. There will be greener pastures ahead, although it is difficult to imagine it now. God bless you and be with you Laura, Andy, also with John’s Mom.

    Paul & Cindy