UPDATE ON CHRIS, NOW IN HOSPICE

by tklicka on October 1, 2009

Dear friends,

We want to give you an update on how Chris is doing. He is still with us, but is making a steady transition toward going home to be with our heavenly Father.

Yesterday morning, John and his daddy had a blessed reunion. He spent a long time on the bed with his dad, just resting his head on his daddy’s shoulder.

Later in the afternoon, with friends and family gathered around, we sang praises to the Lord at Chris’ request. Even in his reduced condition, he was spiritually leading us! Chris was worshipping the Lord with us, frequently mouthing the words to the songs, even saying a loud, clear “Amen” when we finished.  His special song request was “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. 

Starting Wednesday morning Chris was taken off IV fluids, because his body was unable to process them. He has difficulty and his liquid intake is minimal. He’s not showing any signs of discomfort or pain at this point and has been able to sleep at peacefully at night.

Although his lungs are starting to fill with fluid, causing him to occastionally cough and have a little difficulty breathing, he is still able to communicate using short, broken phrases.

He is at peace with this part of his journey. He shows no signs of anxiety or fear. God continues to work through Chris’ life, even at this stage. He was was able to reminisce with some childhood friends who flew in just for the day, and he spoke of God’s goodness even knowing he will soon be leaving us.

As the Lord provides, we will continue to update you.

Please pray for:

1. The Lord’s will to be done in Chris’ life in these last few days. Chris expressed a desire to finish strong.

2.  Chris also asked for prayer for comfort for all of us, especially his parents.

3.  The children and I desire that Chris would be free of pain. We would love to see him not need pain medication which would cause him to be less lucid and less able to communicate with us. We want him “here” us as long as possible!

Thank you for your continued, faithful prayers for Chris and all of us! We are so grateful for you. Soli Deo gloria!

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