An email to the church from Mark Altrogge, our pastor:
I just spoke with Mary Murphy who gave me an update on Steve. Since the second operation his condition has continued to deteriorate. He has experienced excruciating pain and pressure in his head, and is now unable to speak, and pretty much unable to walk. Last night Mary enrolled him in the hospice program. Hospice really makes an effort to get pain under control and keep him comfortable. They started Steve on morphine today, so they are hopeful that Steve's pain will lessen. At this point they are not planning any more treatments.
Although Steve is sad, he is not at all afraid and looks forward to going to be with the Lord, should that be God's will. Mary and the family are trusting the Lord and looking to him for grace.
Although the situation does not look encouraging, Jesus could still heal Steve. Until we know what God's will is, let's continue to ask God to have mercy on him and heal him. Let us pray and ask the Lord to relieve Steve's pain, to restore his speech, to restore the use of his arm and legs and to heal him completely. Nothing is impossible with God. Let's pray for grace and strength and comfort for the family.
Thanks for praying,