May 25, 2012

Please Pray Today

Our dad is having a PEG tube (feeding tube) put in today at 12:30pm.  It is a relatively quick and "routine" procedure, but we still covet your prayers.  

Please pray for peace and comfort during the procedure.  It is very difficult for my dad to breathe when he is flat on his back (which he needs to do for this procedure).  As you can imagine, that alone causes some anxiety.  Please pray that the procedure goes well and that there are no complications.  Please pray for strength for our Mom as well as she is quite exhausted and physically feeling the effects of sleepless nights and heavy lifting/transferring as my dad becomes much more dependent on her.

This is a big step emotionally for our parents, and for our entire family.  Dad is still able to eat, but soon even that will be taken away from him, and today is another obvious sign of the rapid decline of this horrible disease.  

Thank you for your prayers.  We know, and are comforted knowing, that God alone is in control.  

“My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."  2 Cor 12:9

I Surrender All
Judson W. Van de Venter

All to Jesus I surrender; 

All to him I freely give; 
I will ever love and trust him, 
In his presence daily live. 

Refrain: I surrender all, I surrender all, 
all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all. 

All to Jesus I surrender; 
Humbly at his feet I bow, 
Worldly pleasures all forsaken; 
Take me, Jesus, take me now. 

All to Jesus I surrender; 
Make me, Savior, wholly thine; 
Fill me with thy love and power; 
Truly know that thou art mine.  

All to Jesus I surrender; 
Lord, I give myself to thee; 
Fill me with thy love and power; 
Let thy blessing fall on me. 

All to Jesus I surrender; 
Now I feel the sacred flame. 
O the joy of full salvation! 
Glory, glory, to his name! 



  1. We will pray for peace and that the procedure will go smoothly. Your family is often on our minds and in our prayers.

  2. I love you all! Praying through the day for you all. Marilyn

  3. Praying for each of you today!

  4. Not a day goes by that we don't pray for your dad and family. We will continue to pray for peace, patience and assurance.

  5. Praying for you daily. May you experience the nearness and love of the Lord.

  6. Dear Jack, We have fallen short in our comments on this blog, but surely God has heard our prayers for you. We are faithful followers of your blog and your testimony is most encouraging, especially in giving us an eternal perspective. It has also served as a teaching moment for our 4 little children who have come to know and love a family they have never met physically. Our prayers have been and will be for you daily until our Lord takes you home.

    "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.

    This is my story, this is my song,
    praising my Savior all the day long;
    this is my story, this is my song,
    praising my Savior all the day long.

    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."

  7. Your entire family is in our prayers. May you all feel the tender embrace of God in this time.
    Love, Garry and Marietta

  8. As I was googleing some names from my distant past I came across your ALS blog and have had some mesmerized reading. It's wonderful that you could still have this birthday with your family. May God continue to be with you and your loved ones.
    An old classmate from the 'Timothy days', Helena (Top)Meijers
    P.S. for the last 38 years I have been living in the eastern part of Holland near Enschede.