New on Dad

Soon Dad will be moved from intensive care to a regular private room. He will be taken off all monitors as well as some of his meds. His color is good, and he is peaceful, breathing well.

Dad remains in a dream-like state, lingering between life and death, but he is less restless and more calm than in previous days.

We have been sharing many wonderful and humorous stories about dad. Amid this crisis, there has been lots of laughter in recollection. It is has been very healing.

Family has been coming in from out-of-town, and friends and pastors continue to flow in and out. Continue to pray for Mom and the immediate family as we walk through this journey.

We are so grateful for all your prayers, comments, words of life and encouragement. They are brightening our way as we proceed on this dark pathway that is so strange to us.

The Lord’s promises are dear and sweet.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

How simple. How profound.


  1. wayne and bonnie, david and I are praying. I really understand what this is like. It is a very special experience for your family together to be a part of. Treasure every moment as it is stored in a chest of memories for days ahead to draw out and be warmed by. We love you all so much and wish we could be there to give you cuddles and love on your precious family. Still this is a special time for the immediate family that can not be exchanged for any others. You have entered the eternal realm as this is the place your father is already in that place waiting or either getting ready to come back. Whatever, these are such valuable times to relish his eternal nature of love. His kingdom is everylasting. We all long for more of Him. Some get to experience it first hand in heaven before others. What a glorious place to be. I pray for you all and believe the glory of the Lord is rising. When my dad was in that place before going I prayed for the glory train to come and take him and let him receive the fullness of HIs joy. He left us, but I carry him close every day of my life.

  2. We continue to pray for your Dad and we are so thankful for the Word of God that encourages us during these hard times. This scripture is so comforting:

    2 Cor 5:1-9 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down — when we die and leave these bodies — we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies. 4 Our dying bodies make us groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and have no bodies at all. We want to slip into our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by everlasting life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. 6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body. NLT

  3. Carol and family,
    It is with a heavy heart that I feel compelled to write these few lines to let you know just how precious your friendship has been to us over the past several years. We were so saddened and heart broken to get your message today about Wayne. Just be assured that you all are in our prayers and we know that things are in God’s hands and He is a great comfort and source of strengh and will see you all through these very trying times.
    What a blessing to know that Wayne is prepared to enter into that eternal resting place.
    With much love,
    James & Freddie

  4. Mom and I were sad to hear of Wayne’s passing today. On behalf of my entire family we express our condolences. My husband, Oscar C. (Sonny) Wilks passed away April 2005. He loved the Wilks family and is there now in heaven with them all. God bless you, Carol and Wyane for your love and support throughout the years. God be with all of you in this time of sorrow. Love, Pamela Wilks, Vineta Melton

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