Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Jeff is back and well! Thank you for your prayers.

Some of you may remember my colleague Jeff, a much beloved professor of English and advisor to the student newspaper, who was literally at death's door this past winter. He was quite severely ill and I asked for prayers and posted updates on several occasions. (See links below.)

Jeff is back at work this fall semester. He will, in fact, be giving the Opening Convocation Address. (Unusual -- the speaker is usually from outside the college, or has been the three years I've been here.) When faculty and staff heard about this at our opening meeting yesterday, we all stood and gave Jeff a long ovation. It was his first time back among us. A very moving moment.

Jeff is deeply grateful for your prayers. He is convinced that they made a huge difference. Thank you all so much. (We also had two faculty on sabbatical who said they lit candles all over Siena, Italy; a lot of other people, formally religious or not, were praying for Jeff.) Besides those who read this blog, I want to thank especially Shannon's guys, the men in the prison where Shannon is a chaplain. She wrote in the comments section of this blog, when I first asked for prayers, that they would be praying. Shannon, please tell the guys that many people are grateful, including Jeff, and remind them that we pray for them too. (You do pray for people in prison, all y'all?) I told Jeff yesterday that they had prayed for him, along with other people on the Pacific coast and people on on both sides of the Atlantic coast and places in between.

Thanks be to Godde.

Requests for and updates on Jeff, since last February: Here and here and here and here and here.

7 comments:

FranIAm said...

My eyes all filled up with tears as I began to read this- how great that Jeff is back.

How we all hold each other up - that is why this blog is an act of hope, a very beautiful act of hope indeed!

johnieb said...

Blessed news, refreshing to this soul.

pj said...

Wonderful news! Refreshing to this soul, too.

Paul said...

What I was going to say got said by those preceding me here in the comments. It IS wonderful news. Huzzah!

pj said...

Erm, this is grotesquely OT, but you've been nominated.

Jane R said...

I'm honored, Peedge. Thank you. I will respond in a more appropriate way within a few days. We're a little wacko here right now, drowning in meetings, and classes start Monday - in my case at 8:30 a.m. I'm off to buy a new and louder alarm clock. I'm serious.

Algernon said...

Glad to hear it.