This world is not our home.

Psalm 25:4-5

Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.

At approximately 2:22 am, California time, John went to meet his Heavenly Father.  Dot was with him.  And Mamie was with Dot.

We praise God for taking John swiftly.  For John’s life.  For grace.  For the hope of seeing John again.  For sending His son so that we can be saved.  For a community of love who have surrounded Dot, Lora, Andy, Mamie, and all of us.  For this day that He has made.  For the kind care of the folks at the hospital.  In the midst of this life-altering loss, God has endlessly blessed us.

I will share details of a memorial service to honor John’s life as they develop.

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26 responses to “This world is not our home.

  1. Dolly Fuston

    In Romans 8 we are told that we are more then conquerors on the other side of tribulation, distress and the sword (death). A conqueror merely defeats adversity and his enemy. Someone who is more then a conqueror makes tribulation, distress and the sword his slave and uses adversity for his own purpose. On the far side of adversity he uses it to better understand life and death. To know how to live and how to die. John clearly knew how to live and he knew how to die. Grace and Peace, Dan

  2. Thoughts and prayers with you and John’s family as you mourn and celebrate him. What a gift to be able to look forward to when it will be our time to join them.

  3. In the midst of tears I will choose to praise God for his merciful goodness to John and his family. Until we meet again…..

  4. gary and tonja

    Dearest Dorthy and family,
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you.
    With much love
    Gary and Tonja

  5. Marae Lengtat

    What a sad day here on earth and what a glorious day in heaven. The angels are rejoicing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Marae

  6. God bless you and your sweet family. We love John as a dear friend and brother in Christ Jesus. We look forward to seeing him again in heaven some day. With deepest sympathy, Keith & Traci

  7. John Courtney made it home..You Lord have turned his mourning into dancing..those left behind need to be held in your love…I ask for peace and comfort for our friends..may they know and feel your presence.

  8. Dear, dear Dorthy and family, my heart goes out to all of you during this extremely painful time. Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences are yours, our prayers for peace go out to you, our tears are for you, and our joy is for John for he is home. There will be a reuion and it will be glorious. Dorthy, you are such a faithful woman, and that faith is what will sustain you. We want to be here for you, in any way possible. Love to you, hugs to you, Gods peace to you.

  9. May the Lord bless Dorothy and keep her and her sweet family through this time of grief. May His face shine upon you all as you begin this journey that has no manual, no guidelines just the presence of Jesus. I am praying for you all.

    The Townley’s

  10. I don’t know what to say but we love you Dorthy. We will continue to pray for you and your family.

    Love Ruth, Bill and Andrea

  11. As John goes on his final journey, we Thank God for the time he was here on earth with us. My prayer now is for the families’ hearts be filled with the comfort of God’s Love.

  12. Godspeed, Mate! I’m glad your wishes and prayers were answered. Dorthy, I’m so sorry for you and the kids. If there is anything at all I can do… Please don’t hesitate! Very Respectfully, Mike

  13. Dave and Chris Ryland

    We grieve for all in losing such a wonderful vibrant husband, father, son -in-law and friend. Our prayers, love and support are with you Dorothy, Andy, Lora and Melba. God bless you

    “He gathers the lambs to Him and carries them close to His heart”
    ~Isaiah 40:11

  14. Dorthy, Andy, Lora & Mamie
    Paul says, “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2nd Cor. 4:17.
    God is cradling you in His arms, embracing you with His love and comfort, enveloping you with His presence and saturating your hearts with His peace. Jesus has been and still is right there beside you. He has not left your side.

    Please let us know how we can help with anything and at anytime.

    We love you
    George, Jean, Daniel & Carmel

  15. The Woodards

    As I walk to the valley of the shadow, I turn to look back at the place I died- smile at the faces still left there, people I know and love- who stare back at me now unseeing.
    Unfettered by time and removed from mortality there is joy that the struggle has ended and I can lay my armor down.
    My body suddenly seems too small for me and I can look at it with unflinching eyes with wonder at the uselessness of it now.
    My choices and chances are gone now but God still has my hand for the next journey.

  16. Irene LaVigne

    Our hearts hurt for you as we mourn with you over your loss. Sometimes there are no words, but only the unspoken assurance of God’s unending love and comfort. “Come to me, all you who are weak and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). I am certain that countless lives were blessed because of John – can you imagine how loudly the angels sang as they welcomed him Home? We will continue to pray for God’s strength, healing, and peace to cover you all. Friends are God’s hands extended to help, so please allow us to assist you in any way we can.
    All Our Love,
    The Lavignes

  17. Prayers and love. Leta

  18. Julia Fullman

    “Death has been swallowed up in Victory. Oh, Death, where is your victory? Oh, Death, where is your sting?”
    Though it still seems unreal that someone as vital and alive as John can have been taken from us, I know that he is no longer suffering from the pains of this world. John is now in the comforting embrace of his Lord and Savior; I cannot deny that I envy him. To be departed from this time of sorrows and to be in a place of never-ending joy is a thing to be celebrated and longed for. I pray that we all have the strength to go on rejoicing and praising God, as John would have encouraged us all to do. I love you all, and will be with you in heart, soul, and prayer; hopefully, see you soon.

    Love always,
    Julia

  19. Patsy and Brynne

    Dear Sweet Dorothy, Andy and Lora: Daily I (and Brynne) have been reading each update here (thank you chelsea). We too are keeping all of you in our prayers, and our heartfelt thoughts moment by moment this last week. Different things have stopped me in my busy tracks, and brought your precious husband and dad to my mind. Last night, I watched a touching doc. about the 9/11 memorial museum and as the Ground Zero workers lowered the restored “Engine Co. #3” firetruck (which took 12 NYC 1st responder firemen who died that day) into the museum, *’multiple bagpipes’* beautifully played “Amazing Grace”. Hearing this, I thought w/ tears of your John, that he might love this ‘bagpipe’ chorus. Hopefully, the angels play bagpipes as well as harps in Heaven! O Dorothy, I pray for God’s close, amazing presence and loving hand on you and your family. Last night, I also read Ephesians 2:4-8… “But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of youselves, it is the gift of God;…” Anyway, we love you.

  20. Johnny was a faithful, loving husband, father and friend. He was a gifted mason and an excellent political conversationalist! (he loved to spar with libs and if they went too far with him, well lets just say he’d send one “across the bow”) LOL!!!! Johnny wasn’t native to America, He was born and raised in England. That said, let me assure you, he became a true American Patriot! I for one will truely and sorely miss my dear friend.

  21. Courtney’s,

    You all are the most wonderful people. I only met John a few times, but I do remember from our parties at your home, that he was without a doubt one of the best Dads on the planet. My heart goes out to all of you right now, and I will continue to pray for God’s blessings on all of you 🙂

    – Dan

  22. Praying for God’s peace to comfort you all. Please know that we love you and are grieving right along with you.

  23. Tony and Shelly

    Dorthy,Lora, Andy and family

    Tony and I want you to know that you have been in our prayers and we will continue to pray for you and your family throughout this difficult time.

  24. Dorthy, Melba, and all the family,

    I just found out about John – the stroke, his passing. Thank you Chelsea for the wonderful chronicling. I remember when John entered your life, Dorthy, your wedding, your happiness, Lora’s birth. I lost touch after that, but I’ve thought of you all often through the years. I’m so sorry for your loss, but know that John is in a better place and we will all join him someday. So many wonderful memories, that’s what we’ll treasure. Love and hugs to all of you,

    Joy Johnston Pierce

  25. Mary Lou Ritchart

    Dear sweet Dorothy and family,
    I have only just heard about this late yesterday..I was stopped in my tracks….I am numb…my heart is so heavy for ALL of you. ;( Please know our prayers are with you! God is Faithful and rest in HIS promises and HIS peace to COMFORT you all.!!!! We love you all so very much!

    Love,
    Tom, Mary Lou, Andrew, Josh, Laura and Sara Ritchart

  26. Karen Foster

    Dorothy,

    Our hearts go out to you and your family. Know that you are in our prayers. We trust our Heavenly Father will continue to uphold you during this sad and difficult time. Dan & Karen Foster