Friday, January 24, 2014

Fifty-five Years Ago This Month


Today was the day Dad was scheduled to meet with his pulmonology specialist to get sign-off on his flight to India in March.

Dr Rimmer took one startled look at him and expressed her shock and concern. 

Then she started ordering tests.

Tonight Dad is resting and in Deb's home - there were no beds and none opening up at the hospital, so Dr Rimmer was unable to admit him and get him on an IV for dehydration and to break his fever.

However, he was quite ill earlier this evening, with nausea and an upset stomach. His oxygen machine is cranking along at level 3 (earlier he had had to have it up to level 4, so this is an improvement).

RtLers, this is a plea for prayer for my Dad tonight. Pray that he will have a good sleep. Pray that the nausea will stop and that the stomach pain will cease.

Fifty-five years ago this month Dad boarded an oil tanker converted to carry grain to India.

And even though he is in Canada, his heart remains in India, where he has spent most of his life. He loves India.

Pray that God, who knows the end from the beginning, will guide and direct His faithful servant, this "good friend to God," and will give him healing and grace.

We already called our friends at the Prairie Congregation in Three Hills and they immediately put it on their "prayer chain," which means that the people who have signed on to pray for the needs that are brought before them, immediately start to pray and pass it on to the next person in the chain to pray until all of those people are praying.

Very few minutes after we asked our friend Gaylene to get Dad onto the prayer chain, he started to feel less nausea and was able to sip a little peppermint tea.

"But he knoweth the way that I take," God's servant Job said from the depths of his suffering, "And when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job chapter 23 and verse 10).

Dad's own life verse holds him in good stead tonight: "Faithful is he that called you who also will do it" (I Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 24).

Dad is unable to take phone calls right now; but his life is - over and over - 
a testament to the power of prayer.

Please, pray ...


47 comments:

  1. Have been praying. How good to know his anchor is in solid rock. God knows the plans He has for him...and they are good and wise even when we cannot see them that way. Dorothy

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  2. Praying for your dad, Karyn!

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  3. Miriam Dartnall-SmithJanuary 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Sending prayers for your Dad and all your family Karyn xx

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  4. We'll be praying for him and those taking care of him! Love, the Holloways

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  5. I'm thinking of him!!!

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  6. Praying and sending warm hugs to you as you minister to him.

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  7. Love you, and praying for your dad right now.

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  8. Psalms 73:26 Pray all is well.

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  9. Sam and Heather GillespieJanuary 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Praying, God bless.

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  10. Thinking & praying for you all!

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  11. Christine Gillespie- OhlhauserJanuary 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    I prayed for him

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  12. Be well my dear.

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    1. Thank you J. I know you have had your share of deep waters too ... xo

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  13. Shanthini MackintoshJanuary 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Praying!

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  14. Praying for him and all of you kids.....xoxoxox Dad! Love you.

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  15. Karyn,
    Hannah and I just read your blog and we're very sad to hear the news about Uncle and wanted to let you know we will be praying for him tonight. Johanan is in Manipur for meetings so the girls are having a sleepover with me. We are going to take some time in prayer for your family. We love you and miss you!

    With much love and prayer,
    Mera and girls

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  16. The kids and I prayed for him!!

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  17. Laura Lynn ShaeferJanuary 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    love and prayers....

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  18. We are praying for your Dad! I pray he feels God close by caring for him!

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  19. Hello friend. A note to say that I am holding your sweet Dad in prayer. Thinking of him and your family as you navigate through this time. I know what a painful thing it is to watch a loved one in such discomfort.

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  20. I am praying for your beloved father. May the great Physician touch his ailing body and heal him. Praying for your whole family. My love to this dear man. May the desires of his heart be fulfilled.

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  21. I am praying for your beloved father. May the great Physician touch his ailing body and heal him. Praying for your whole family. My love to this dear man. May the desires of his heart be fulfilled.

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  22. I'm praying for him and for you - for peace and rest. Love to you, friend. May you all feel Jesus near.

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  23. Dear friend I love you, hoping for peace and rest for your hearts. Praying for your Dad and yourself alongside many loved ones who wait. Praying fears will be alleviated and rejoicing will enter with Thanksgiving. With love and prayer in Jesus name. Amen.

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  24. Prayers and positive thoughts for the whole family. XO

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  25. Karyn your dad means the world to Bruce and I, and we are praying for him, and your family.

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  26. much love, hugs and prayers for you all!

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  27. Praying for him...hope he feels better soon...

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  28. you are in our thoughts and prayers, hugs to all XO

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  29. Praying for your Dad and your family!

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  30. My heart burdened reading this leaves this morning. Your Dad my teacher, an example great leader of the Lord. Our family praying for him. we have a great phisician.

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  31. Rachel Chelli ShahJanuary 26, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Praying for dear, dear uncle, just thinking of him in this state brings tears, hope he is feeling better today..xoxo

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  32. Praying for you uncle! Get well soon!

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  33. Karyn, My thoughts and prayers are with your dad and all of you as you trust in God for his complete healing. I am not sure if you remember me but I am Dudley's sister, Charmaine D'Monte (Hooper). You Mom and Dad have always been special to our family and so are all of you. Will continue to pray and follow your blog fo updates. Lots of love and hugs.

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    1. Yes I remember you!! Your family in turn has been very special to us. Thank you for praying and for taking the time to write. It is SUCH an encouragement to know that there is still a bond with the friends of our childhood. xoxo

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  34. Praying for more favor of God to you sir !

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