Archive for February, 2009

Grief Is A Heavy Burden

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

We’ve been back in Moscow for a few days now, although in some ways it feels as though time has just sort of stopped. My dad was worthy of the grief that I feel, a sadness that first felt like an electric shock, sudden and intense in its fleetingness, but that now, finally, is beginning to come on me like cold lead poured into my heart. My burden has been lifted just a bit, though, by the kindness and sympathy so many of you have shown me, and I especially, and profoundly, appreciate the condolences of those who’ve criticized and rebuked me before, just as I’ve criticized and rebuked them as well. Our dialogue, and, likely, our disagreements, will no doubt continue, but your generosity of spirit in these last few days has blessed me tremendously.

Thank you, and may God always be glorified.

Stephen Emerine, 1935-2009

Friday, February 13th, 2009

My father died this morning. His soul is home and there really isn’t much more to say.

God is good.

Dateline: Tucson

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

I’m grateful to our Lord for my father’s improvement. It seems that today he finally turned the corner and was moved to the post-critical care section this evening. Dad has a long, hard road ahead of him, with two or three more weeks in the hospital and another couple in the cardiac rehabilitation facility. But he is a bit better since yesterday, and his doctor says he seems to be out of the woods after five and a half days in ICU. God is good — to my father, to me, and to all of us who love him. Thank you for your prayers, from the bottom of my heart. I’ll be back in Moscow on Thursday!

Update

Friday, February 6th, 2009

I’m flying to Tucson tomorrow (Saturday) to be with my father, who’s currently in the ICU on a ventilator. Neither Tuesday’s operation nor the five-hour surgery yesterday went well, and if you’re reading this, please pray for him. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but I know in whom I believe, and I’m trusting my dad to the One who has saved us both.

Tucson In My Future?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

My father has had some significant complications from an arterial procedure a week and a half ago, and he had surgery yesterday that didn’t go well and is scheduled for another operation tomorrow. I may be flying to Tucson and likely won’t be blogging for a few days, but I’d appreciate your prayers. My dad is a good man who knows the Lord, and I’m a concerned daughter who’s trusting in the Lord for both his health and my wisdom on how best to respond. Thanks.