Keeping Vigil: Update on Dad

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Dear friends, family, and pastors have streamed through the intensive care unit these past few days. They have brought us strength, hope, and comfort–especially mom. We are so grateful for all of you who are praying and encouraging us in small and big ways.

Dad had another bad episode last evening. In fact, the nurse told us this could be the beginning of the end. We stood close to the bed while the nurse worked on him, suctioning, repositioning, and making him more comfortable. They increased some of his meds, and he calmed down. He made it through the night.

My husband spent the night again. Mom and my sister-in-law are back at the hospital this morning. Knowing that he may go at any moment, it is hard to leave him alone for extended periods of time.

Today preparations will be made for hospice care. Mom will be talking to the doctor and nurse, who will make recommendations. She will need to pick out the one that suits Dad’s needs.

My husband has been working on funeral arrangements.

Pray for wisdom to pick out the right hospice facility. Pray for strength and comfort for mom and the family.

We are keeping vigil–just as our parents kept vigil over us as children, waking instead of sleeping, listening for any noise or intrusion, willingly sacrificing, ready to spring to action to soothe and comfort.

It is our privilege to stand vigil in these dimming hours of  a wonderful and full life.

In this vigil, God’s Word brings comfort like nothing else.

                           Psalm 46:1-3

God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
      He is always there to help us in times of trouble. 
 The earth may fall apart.
      The mountains may fall into the middle of the sea.
      But we will not be afraid. 
 The waters of the sea may roar and foam.
      The mountains may shake when the waters rise.
      But we will not be afraid.

Still in this vigil, we speak words of life… knowing that the resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us.

4 Comments

  1. Our prayers and love are continuing with all of you. We especially are praying for Carol during this difficult time that God would give her strength and peace in Him. Our God is so good. Wayne is so loved by everyone who has ever met him. Love to all the family, Bill & Sandy

  2. Dear Wilkes Family,

    We are standing in prayer for your family for peace in this time. Carol, we love you and Wayne, and so enjoyed dinner with you this past Monday, and we will cherish that time we had.

    Blessings and Peace to all of you!
    Glen and Janet

  3. So very difficult and trying are these times for you all. I pray for great strength for your mother-in-law, and the grace for all of you to make it through the stress of waiting. Hospice is a wonderful thing, and not just for the patient…they will support you as family members as well. Let me know if I can be of any asistance at all, Bonnie….
    Love, Tara

  4. oh dear ones, we are with you and please know our hearts are extended to you now. May you feel the Lord’s embrace through every moment of this journey. We love you and are there in spirit with you.

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