Sunday, April 12, 2009

Because You are My Friends....

It has been a long Easter Day. After the three services at the church, we found some lunch and headed over to the CICU at the hospital to see my father-in-law. I brought my hymnal because I promised him we would sing him some of the Easter hymns. He used to play the organ and direct church choirs, and he loves church music.

When we got to the hospital, we found out that they had been trying to reach us. He has taken a turn for the worse. He is not responding, just sleeping. The pneumonia is not getting better.

My husband's boys came over and stayed for a long time. We prayed and did sing some Easter songs anyway, and waited for my husband's sister to arrive from out-of-town.

I called the other pastor from the church and asked him to come for a little while, too. I was feeling a little overwhelmed.

My in-laws are also members of the congregation I serve.

We stayed at the hospital most of the afternoon, came home and returned to the hospital again. We are home now. Tomorrow I will probably be looking into cancelling all the arrangements for the retreat I was planning to go to this weekend. But tonight we are all exhausted.

Please pray for us. Because even though I haven't met most of you, I think of you as my friends.

P.S. My father-in-law died tonight (Monday) at 7:45 p.m.

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection .....

41 comments:

Juniper said...

prayers - you got 'em.

easter light, dear one.

Tracy said...

{{{Hugs}}} and prayers, Diane. You are absolutely spot on; we ARE friends. You and your family will be in our thoughts and continue to be in our prayers.

DogBlogger said...

Oh, Diane... praying for your father-in-law, you, and the entire family.

Gannet Girl said...

Praying with you, Diane.

Choralgirl said...

Prayers underway, Diane. Peace to you all...

RuthAnn said...

Praying with you and yours...

zorra said...

Praying for your father-in-law and all of your family.

Magdalene6127 said...

You are in my prayers Diane.

ROBERTA said...

peace be yours dear diane.

Marsha said...

Praying for God's mercy and peace.

Rev SS said...

holding you and your family in my prayers, friend.

Barbara B. said...

Continued prayers...

Presbyterian Gal said...

Prayers ascending now

(((((Diane and family)))))

Erika Baker said...

I saw your prayer request on MadPriest.
Prayers for all of you.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Ditto.

Prayers ascending!

Being Peace said...

My prayers for all of you

Kathryn said...

praying here too xx

Ivy said...

You're all in our prayers. May God hold you especially close during this time.

Song in my Heart said...

Praying.

Songbird said...

Praying here, too, Diane.

esperanza said...

thank you for letting us pray with you.

CJWille said...

I am sending you prayers for strength and peace and for God's presence.

Purple said...

Praying here on Easter Monday.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Diane, prayers for your father-in-law and for all the family.

altar ego said...

You and your family are in my prayers.

Jim said...

Prayers ascending.

FWIW
jimB

David said...

Diane
prayers and hugs from the Canadian branch of your very extended family in Christ

David@Montreal

steve said...

You are in my prayers, Diane.

mompriest said...

I will pray for you and your family and for your father in law - may you be sustained by the peace and love of Christ in this time of exhaustion and sorrow.

Eileen said...

Prayers ascending...

Jan said...

Many prayers.

Two Auntees said...

Prayers for you and the entire family.

Sherry said...

My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Sherry said...

My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Rev Scott said...

Prayers ascending.

{{{{Diane & Fam}}}}

MikeF said...

Only just seen this, Diane... praying here, and will do till I hear otherwise...

Every blessing

Mike

Funky Grampa said...

Blessings,courage and a special presence of the Lord to you and your family.

mid-life rookie said...

It's late on Monday afternoon. I don't know what's transpired today, but prayers for all of you.

Lauralew said...

Sorry I haven't checked the blogs in the last few days. But whatever is needed, that is what I will pray for. We are your friends.

not said...

Oh Diane, I'm so sorry to hear this news. My prayers are with you and your whole family. In certain hope of the resurrection, but also in certain hope of the comfort of community as God's presence through this time. Take care and let other's take care of you too.

MikeF said...

May he rest in peace and rise in Glory, Diane - I am so sorry.

Pax et bonum, even in your grieving...

Mike