We lost a wonderful husband, father, pastor, and Old Testament scholar last night. Prof. Al Groves of Westminster Theological Seminary died of complications from Melanoma. I had the pleasure of taking Hebrew from him. I’m not a great language person but I have to say it was a pleasure. He knew how to make it enjoyable.
He and his family have been very open about the dying process. If you want to see a picture of faith and strength in the midst of hardship, check out their blog, www.algroves.info. Make sure you read his wife’s entry on 1/30/07.
I must confess I have a harder time sharing in their joy over his rest and peace. I think I might if I had been so close to his suffering as they have been. But, I am overwhelmed with the vivid reminder that this life is full of pain and heartache and death. This is not the way it was supposed to be. So, I hang on to Ps 121 which tells us that God hangs on to our very soul and I pray Hab. 3: that I will rejoice though there are no cattle in the stall…and no figs on the trees.