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.