Friday, April 21, 2006

Al Groves

I received bad news today. A friend, mentor and former teacher of mine is struggling with some serious health issues. It is encouraging to see how this awesome man of God deals with his illness, and even more encouraging to see how his wife is there to struggle with him. Just thinking of them makes me miss their faces. Al and Libby I will be praying for you and your family. Thank you for your ministry, thank you for your example. Thank you with your patience for me and thank you for loving me and welcoming us into your home. I don't know what else to say except that my heart is heavy.

P.S. Thanks Reformed chicks for having their link on your site


Blogger michele said...

Are you a Westminster Grad?

Professor Groves was the leader for my prayer group last semister. I didn't have him for a class yet and was looking forward to it because he is such a warm, loving and gentle Christian -- with a wonderful sense of humor (as you know since he was your professor).

5:39 PM  
Blogger Chaplain Luken said...

When I went to New Life, he was our small group leader. I loved just to listen to him.

P.S. Had a feeling you went to WTS

5:26 AM  
Blogger Chaplain Luken said...

I graduated from WTS in 2002. Attened from '98-02. Lived in the area til mid 03

5:29 AM  
Blogger michele said...

If you had checked my profile you would have had more than a feeling :-).

I just missed you, I started in 03. I'm going part-time.

BTW, I've linked to you and put up a post asking for prayer for you and the people you will be serving. If you post your prayer requests, I'll make sure I post them on my blog.

5:58 AM  
Blogger michele said...

BTW, what tipped you off that I went to WTS, my "Weltanschauung Blogging" blog :-).

6:33 AM  
Blogger Chaplain Luken said...

Exactly. Plus I sensed something familliar. It was too eerie when I found your blog site I liked everything. Hard to describe but I guess I just sensed a kindred spirit. for lack of a better way to say it.

7:19 AM  
Blogger michele said...

Kindred spirit would be appropriate:

Philippians 1:27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

2:44 PM  
Blogger Roland said...

Does my new picture meet with your approval?

10:26 PM  
Blogger Judy Schletty said...

Hi Todd, Was sorry to hear about your teacher's health difficulties. I pray his community of faith gives him encouragement and strength and that we all give him hope. We listened to the words of doubting Thomas this morning and Father said the community helped Thomas put his trust in God and brought him to faith. All of us can identify with those wounds. They are a way to acknowledge our Risen Lord as He sends us out in to the world to do His work. And some days when we resemble Thomas, we may have to ask for the Peace Christ gave him.
We just got back from Pine City today with Grandma and Margaret. Felt Christ's hands were Cousin Jim and Eunice's hands today. Have many reasons to give thanks this evening. God bless, Judy and Uncle/bro Randy

12:55 AM  
Blogger shadman said...

Chappy what is the best thing I am able to do to serve you in Iraq. How might I pray 4 you.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Judy Schletty said...

Hi Todd, Since my last note was more serious, thought I'd tell you about some of Cousin Jim's silliness! Both Jim & Eunice are involved with protesting the illegal immigrant situation and Sunday when Jim put on a mask of a politician with a pinocchio nose (they made the nose), we all laughed. He's planning to wear it at a rally on Sat. When he went to another rally recently in Albert Lea, a reporter even stopped to ask Jim where it was going to be held. Hope we all can get up to Pine City to see them again, soon, and by then I wonder what new adventures they will have begun. God bless, Judy and Uncle/bro Randy

12:45 AM  
Blogger Chaplain Luken said...

Thanks for the report. and Shad I guess you can pray for 1. obvious for our safety. We are attacked every day. However, The attacks I worry most about are the spiritual attacks. This is where I believe that this war will be won or lost. 2. also you can pray for me and others to fall into a well paced schedule. It is easy to make yourself very busy. I am worried about some of these guys burning out already. 3. There seem to be a lot of issues with home lately. I realize that I fall in on many families, but it seems like one of them or another is always in need of some prayer. I can't be specific obviously but there are deaths, relationship issues and things like that.

Most of all I would say that relationship issues are the number one concern here. Pray for the families of these soldiers. It is very hard to do this job so far from home and maintain your family. and feel like you are doing your part back home when really you are not.

7:29 AM  

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