Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What A Time!!

We had a great time at the Sword of the Lord Conference. God moved in our midst and touched the men of God who preached. We rejoiced and praised the Lord but we also sat and were still as He did a little digging in our hearts. Our hearts also broke as our pastor (Bro. Joe Arthur) told us that his daddy is somewhere between here and Heaven. He is still in ICU and is still not responding much to what is said to him.

He told us how when he was up at the hospital last weekend that he told his daddy he loved him and then his daddy said "Love you too boy" and Bro. Joe asked him how much he loved him and his daddy responded "Bunches". That was just before he slipped into a coma. He said those may be the last words he gets to hear his daddy speak to him. Then yesterday he called him and his momma put the phone to his ear so he could tell his daddy he loved him again and his daddy let out a grunt. Bro. Joe's heart is so heavy and broken. His daddy was a tremendous man of God and he will be greatly missed by our church and all that know him. He would sit on the front pew as Bro. Joe would preach and when he would hear something that he wanted to "amen" to or something he would raise up his cane in the air and wave it around. It was said last night that it was to the equivalent of one of us running laps around the sanctuary several times. Bro. J.B. Arthur is a sweet godly man and has such a sweet spirit.

Please continue to pray for Bro. J.B. as he makes his crossing (if that is what happens) and for his sweet little wife Mrs. Janet. Also pray for Bro. Joe, his wife Mrs. Julie, their son Joseph and their daughter Joanna. Also please pray for the rest of Bro. Joe's siblings and their families. This is a very difficult time for them all as some of you already know having been through this yourself. Those who have experienced this know the hurt associated with such a thing and can pray in a different way than those of us who have not experienced the death of a parent.


Mrs. Jennifer said...

Yes, it is difficult to lose a parent, we lost my father in law, in Sept. of this year. He had already passed away by the time we got to the hospital. We had seen him about two weeks before he died.
We got to hug him then and tell him we loved him, and he told us he loved us to. It is hard to even sit and type this out. We miss him.
Mrs. Jennifer

Sis. Julie said...

Mrs. Jennifer....I've not experienced losing a parent yet. I pray Jesus comes back before I have to experience that. I did experience my brother's life being taken at the hands of someone else though and that was hard enough. I can't imagine losing a parent to health reasons or any other reason. I'm sure it will be much harder to go through. I'm sorry for the loss you experienced. I pray God's grace has been sufficient through that time you faced and continue to face.

Mishel said...

I will be praying.

My mother is the only one of our parents still living. And yes, it is a very difficult thing to lose a parent (or anyone that we love). I'm so thankful for the Lords sufficient grace during times of grief and heartache.

Hugs to you, Julie!

Sis. Julie said...

Sis. Mishel...Yes it is hard to lose a loved one. I've experienced losing my brother...but I think it would be harder to lose a parent...I don't know. Thank you for your prayers!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Yes, I ,too, can feel for Bro. Joe and his family. My father went to be with the Lord a little over a year ago with me and all 3 of my children plus a lot of other family standing around his bedside. He was 96 years old.

I was very impressed with the first sermon I ever heard your pastor preach. It was about 15 years ago at a "Jubliee" service in Concord, NC. He preached on The Rose and used a red rose to teach about the death of Jesus on the cross. Awesome. Also he comes once a year or so and preaches at the church one of my sons attends here in Mississippi.

God bless!


Sis. Julie said...

Marilyn in Mississippi...What a blessing that Bro. Joe has helped so many with the messages God has given him and used him to preach. He is preaching in Mississippi this week at Freedom Baptist Church in Amory, MS. I don't know if that is close by you or not...but if so maybe you can go hear him preach again.


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