Thursday, February 01, 2007

My Grandpa

I have a prayer request.  Today we got this email from my mom:

Grandpa Renes seems to be in his last days here on earth. He
has not eaten or drank anything for two days now. Hospice
nurses are with him in the Alzheimer's unit and according to
Uncle Stuart he is not responsive and is breathing erratically.
Please pray for Grandma. Love, Mom

Several months ago, after a surgical procedure, Grandpa became confused and
has never been the same since. He had to be placed in an Alzheimer's unit for
his own safety. Grandma has been living close by, and watching him deteriorate
has been difficult for her. As far as we know, Grandpa does not have a personal
relationship with the Lord, and we have all prayed for him and Grandma for years.
I remember as a child, wondering why they refused to believe the truth of the
Bible. When my dad got saved in college, he was very open with them about his
new beliefs, and they have definitely heard the truth. Pray for my dad, as he
watches his father pass away. And pray for Grandma, that she would think about
eternal things.

I am thinking of this verse in 2 Peter 3:9, which says,

"The Lord is not slack
concerning His promise,
as some count slackness,
but is longsuffering toward us,
not willing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance."
update:  Grandpa Renes died at 5:30 pm this evening.  We will be traveling to Dallas
to be with Grandma, so pray for us!


Kate said...

I've stopped by your blog once before but haven't left a comment. I read your post today and had to say something. I just emphathize with grandmother passed away last March and she had Alzheimer's too. I know this must be really difficult for you, especially with your grandparents not being Believers. Please know I'll be praying for God's love and comfort to surround you these next days.
Love and prayers
In Christ...

Eryn said...

rachel, i am here at 1:14am, and cant sleep. but i just saw your blog and will be praying for you and your family and especially your grandma.

Josh and Brooke said...

i'm so sorry rachel. loss is still very fresh on my mind... i will definitely be praying for your family, but especially for your Dad! it would be hard to lose a dad no matter how old they are...

andyandjenica said...

So sorry. Praying for you all.

HopiQ said...

We will be praying for you all. May the Lord be very near to you and comfort you right now.

Kelly said...

Rachel, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. I will be praying for you and your family, that you might be comforted during this time of loss.

Jennifer said...

I am so sorry. My prayers are with you in your travels.