A Lot Happens In A Short Time

Hello all!  I have been so remiss in posting anything and when I finally sat down today to try to work on the website my computer did not want to cooperate.  I finally got it going again and when I went to the blog section I discovered the last blog I posted was January 25th.  That was on Sunday before my dad was involved in an auto accident on Wednesday that ultimately resulted in his death.  He was hospitalized for a month in ICU before it all ended and my life was one of constant stress.  I was trying to maintain normal life and trying to be at the hospital when I needed to be.  We had highs when there was improvement but more and more often lows, when one set back after another seemed to hit in a constant wave.  We faced hard decisions and we feared the hardest of all was coming.  Daddy was on a ventilator and he had made it perfectly clear on numerous occasions that he did want to live tethered to a machine.  We were trying to give him every opportunity to regain his strength and get off the machine keeping him alive.  However, it was not meant to be.  Thankfully, Daddy was fully aware and capable of making his own healthcare decisions and he made it for himself.  Once he learned that the doctors did not think he would ever be any better than he was then, he decided to see his family one more time, then turn off the machine.  Let nature take it's course.  So the day after our record breaking snow in late February, my brother and I along with his wife and our step mother braved the snowy roads to Birmingham to see him one last time.  He was smiling, his blue eyes twinkling, and trying his best to communicate the things he wanted to say to us before he left us forever.   I think we understood all the important stuff, like he loved us and best of all he'd be waiting in heaven with Mother for us to meet them there.  After we had all had the time we wanted with him, the doctors began the process of easing him out of this world comfortably into the one awaiting in heaven.  He was peaceful and ready, showing no fear or dread of what was coming.  I think death truly had no sting for him.  He did not fear it and even welcomed it as his doorway to a better place.  I hope when my time comes I can be as at peace as he was.  The process began about 9:40 pm and ended at 11:23 pm on February 26, 2015.  Two days before my birthday.  Seven years ago to the day, we said goodbye to his oldest sister, Eloise, whom he was very close to as was I.  Somehow it seemed appropriate that they shared the same going home date.  I have now spent 2 birthdays involved in funerals for much loved family members.  Kinda takes all the fun out of birthdays.  But I know they were both in a much better place than they would have been if they had remained here.  No more health issues to cope with, no more pain, no more struggling from day to day.  I can find a lot of comfort in that.  But most of all I know that they will be waiting when I am ready to join them.  Can you say the same thing?  Are you ready to meet eternity so that your eternity will be spent in the presence of Jesus, sharing all that heaven holds with your loved ones?  If you aren't, I bet you know someone who can help you prepare for a glorious eternity in the presence of the Lord with all the angels and all your loved ones and friends.  Things can change in a matter of seconds.  You  may be healthy now, but you are one heartbeat away from eternity.  None of us knows how or when or if we'll get that last few moments to make things all right.  Death can come in an instant, with no time for last words or rites.  Live each moment as if it is your last.  Someday, it WILL be.  Be ready. For the sake of all who love you, give them the peace and joy of knowing that you are safe forever in the fold of God.  I don't know that I could ever reach a place of peace and acceptance of what is, without knowing that my family is safe from hellfire and eternally rejoicing in heaven.  Sorry to be a Debbie Downer with this post but this was on my heart and I needed to say it.  Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.  It will be forever too late then.  God bless and have a wonderful and SAFE weekend.

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  • John Crocker
    John Crocker Troy, Michigan
    Hello Fowler Family, First off: Thanks for your singing ministry and I'm glad you have this website. I heard you all sing in the late 70's or early 80's when you were in Dothan, Alabama. I knew Bart Ford and his family who lived in Headland, Alabama because I bought and operated the Christian book business Bart owned back then. I think his wife said Wally was her cousin. Bart was a pharmacist in Headland. I was a young Christian - I got radically saved October of 1971. I really enjoyed your songs and my faith and love for Jesus was boosted by them. Recently, I have gotten out a lot of my 'old' vinyl records and this last week was playing the album: "The Fowlers At Their Best". I bought it back then, and the song: "More Then Anything Else In The World" is a great song. I'm going to memorize the lyrics - they are so rich in truth and reality. I've been a Christian since age 28 and Jesus has made Himself so real to me that I too am looking forward to meeting Him, hugging Him, thanking Him, expressing my love for Him and enjoying that Great Reunion with those gone on ahead of me. But, I'm not going to hasten that upcoming trip - I want to help as many others as I can, to know Him too. Our Heavenly Father does love us so much. But, we live in a broken world. We get broken by it and because of it. Jesus was broken by it but Jesus has big upcoming plans. He is the Redeemer He will make all things new, and He will wipe every tear away from our eyes. As St. Paul, who had a Lot of afflictions said: "For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison". And I am sure God will work all things together for our good because we heard His call and we love Him. Sincerely to you, In Jesus, John

    Hello Fowler Family, First off: Thanks for your singing ministry and I'm glad you have this website. I heard you all sing in the late 70's or early 80's when you were in Dothan, Alabama. I knew Bart Ford and his family who lived in Headland, Alabama because I bought and operated the Christian book business Bart owned back then. I think his wife said Wally was her cousin. Bart was a pharmacist in Headland. I was a young Christian - I got radically saved October of 1971. I really enjoyed your songs and my faith and love for Jesus was boosted by them. Recently, I have gotten out a lot of my 'old' vinyl records and this last week was playing the album: "The Fowlers At Their Best". I bought it back then, and the song: "More Then Anything Else In The World" is a great song. I'm going to memorize the lyrics - they are so rich in truth and reality. I've been a Christian since age 28 and Jesus has made Himself so real to me that I too am looking forward to meeting Him, hugging Him, thanking Him, expressing my love for Him and enjoying that Great Reunion with those gone on ahead of me. But, I'm not going to hasten that upcoming trip - I want to help as many others as I can, to know Him too. Our Heavenly Father does love us so much. But, we live in a broken world. We get broken by it and because of it. Jesus was broken by it but Jesus has big upcoming plans. He is the Redeemer He will make all things new, and He will wipe every tear away from our eyes. As St. Paul, who had a Lot of afflictions said: "For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison". And I am sure God will work all things together for our good because we heard His call and we love Him. Sincerely to you, In Jesus, John

  • The Fowler Family
    The Fowler Family
    Thank you so much for your kind words, however, I think it is another Fowler Family you are remembering instead of us. We are an upstart compared to them! It is our hope that some day we can be as fondly remembered as the group you mentioned. I am very poor at keeping the website up, but I can clearly see I need to do a better job. Time is always my enemy.....there's never enough! However, because of your encouragement, I am going to do my best to do a better job in the future. Thanks again for your comments! Have a wonderful week.

    Thank you so much for your kind words, however, I think it is another Fowler Family you are remembering instead of us. We are an upstart compared to them! It is our hope that some day we can be as fondly remembered as the group you mentioned. I am very poor at keeping the website up, but I can clearly see I need to do a better job. Time is always my enemy.....there's never enough! However, because of your encouragement, I am going to do my best to do a better job in the future. Thanks again for your comments! Have a wonderful week.

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