“I was summoned via phone at 6:45 a.m. by Mom, who said something was wrong with Dad. He couldn’t get out of be to prepare for his confirmation class scheduled for later that morning.
I rushed over and found my father the victim of an apparent stroke. The left side of his body was paralyzed, and his speech – earnest but garbled – was barely recognizable.
I bent over and touched Dad and told him help was coming. Then I shared with him one of his favorite passages from Scripture: ‘Lead thou me to the rock that is higher than I’ (Ps. 61:3). Dad choked up, tears welling in his eyes, as he feebly tried to respond in paralyzed speech………………….”