Today I cancelled my plans to share in the Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, an event that I love to attend each year at this time. The decision was not hard to make. My mother, who will be 92 next Wednesday, is very near death. She fell a month ago and has gone downhill since then. Now she does not eat or drink, at least since Monday or Tuesday of this week. We are not forcing her to stay alive by putting her in the hospital for IV fluids to prolong her life for a few more days. A hospice nurse came by today and was of immense help to us as we sorted through the end-of-life issues that many of you have also been through and understand well.

This is a life transforming time when you get to hold your mother in your arms, talk to her, sing to her, read the Scripture to her, and watch life quietly slipping away. My dad died twenty-one years ago in May. Mom is ready to join him in the Church triumphant. I am ready to let her go. Pray for us all during these days if you remember to offer such prayer to the Father of heavenly lights.

Meanwhile I will try to write my regular blogs when I have opportunity but your understanding during these busy days is much appreciated. I am honored that so many of you write me, both on and offline, and thereby encourage me to keep writing. Thanks for your many words of grace. Your prayers would also be an added blessing at this time.

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  1. davedryer November 16, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    John, I’ll be praying for you. – Dave

  2. John McCracken November 16, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    John, God bless you brother. I’m am praying for you and your mom.

  3. Scott Lamb November 16, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    We’ll be praying for your family and your brother Tom’s family too. The Lambs

  4. Phil Wyman November 16, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Praying too. Gwyn dy fyd brawd.

  5. Nick Mackison November 17, 2007 at 5:41 am

    John, I’m praying for you too. I lost my mother at a young age. It’s something you never get over. God bless you dear brother.

  6. John McCracken November 17, 2007 at 8:55 am

    John, my prayers for you, your mom and your family are with you. God bless you brother.

  7. Tom Tollett November 17, 2007 at 9:29 am

    It is a solemn sweetness at this time to think of all that your mom (and dad) have meant to us and to so many others for Christ’s sake. We hold your whole family up to our compassionate Shepherd in prayer…..Janie and Tom

  8. Kevin November 17, 2007 at 9:38 am

    We’re praying for you and your family during this difficult time..

  9. Ryan November 17, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    With much grace may you and your mother fellowship, as your time together in this age closes out – looking forward to your time together in the age to come.
    many blessings.

  10. David Gordon November 17, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    I have prayed for you and will continue during this trying time.
    Grace and Peace to you.
    David Gordon

  11. Steve Scott November 18, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Praying also. Blessings.

  12. ann November 19, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    My Dear Brother in Christ,
    My heart goes out to you and your family during this time.
    May God give you sweet memories with family and friends as you go through this together. God Bless

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