Finally Home

John 14: 1-3 ESV       “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Christmas Eve we got the terrible news that there was nothing more medically that could be done for him. The doctor said that he just had too much going on. There were no chemo or clinical trials that could help.  The cancer had moved to his spinal cord, in his bone marrow and bones.  We were devastated but still thanked Dr. Randolph for everything he had done for Alan.

After more than a year and a half of fighting this beast called cancer, Alan is finally healed. January 19th, God called Alan home to be with Him.  I know there was a huge celebration when he finally got to see the face of Jesus.  I’m sure that when he walked through the gates of Heaven and stood before his master, He said, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’   A man that through all of the pain, sickness, and suffering NEVER once did he complain or ask God “why me.”  He stayed true and faithful until the end praying that through his journey, he would be a witness for his Heavenly Father.  He had talked many times wondering what angels really looked like.  He was so looking forward to seeing them.  Now that he knows, I wish he could share it with me.

He fought a good fight, long and hard, and now it is time for him to rest and be made perfect and whole. I love my husband with all my heart and there was a mixture of joy and sadness all at the same time when he took that last breath. BUT, I will see him again and so will our children and until that day I will hold him in my heart and honor him for what a great, faithful christian man he was.  He was my strength, my rock.  I was so blessed to have known him, to have shared my life with him as husband & wife, to have two beautiful children with him.

He loved God.  He loved his family.  He loved do mission work.  He loved life.  He loved his friends.  He loved people in general.  He loved CTCA (Cancer Treatment Centers of America) and everyone there including patients and workers.  He loved to duck hunt with his buddies and had missed it the last couple of seasons.  I was told by several of his close friends that if God liked to duck hunt, he had just gained the best partner there to enjoy it with. 😉

Words from my brother Bob…
Our God is a merciful God. My brother-in-law Alan Black is with his Lord…a young prince of a man, dedicated to his family and a servant of his Lord. As he was dying all these months, he showed me an example of how to live. Throughout it all, he honored Christ and met the trials with faith that God could somehow use him in all of this as an example. HE did. God can change a curse into a blessing and take a tragedy and turn it to rejoicing! God is GOOD….ALWAYS!    Sadness and joy mixed. Kinda like rain and sunshine at the same time……

This became Alan’s favorite verse James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Just wanted to say thank you for all who followed him on his blog.  He enjoyed doing it.  Thank you for the prayers, he felt everyone of them.

Thank you to Dr. Randolph’s team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, GA. and everyone else there that became our family.  We know that God led us there so he could get the care he needed and be treated as a person and not a number.  The love and compassion you guys show to EVERYONE that walks through your door there is such a blessing in a time of need.  We love you ALL very much.

Thank you to Dr. Lawrence’s team.  I will never forget Dr. Lawrence praying with us and so thankful for what an incredible team you have.

Thank you to Dr. Knaak’s team for taking such good care of him and all the prayers said.

Thank you to our PVN church family and all our brothers and sisters in Christ for the many prayers and support.

I posted some pictures of Alan on Random Thoughts if you would like to check it out.

3 thoughts on “Finally Home

  1. Lori,
    I’m still praying for you and the kids every day. I just wanted you to know that, even though Alan isn’t here, you guys are still at the top of my prayer list. I pray for comfort for you, Ashley, and Christopher, and I pray for understanding for all that has happened these last two years. Alan made a tremendous impact on the lives of SO many people through his faith in God, including mine, and I know without a doubt that God has been glorified through this tragedy. I “count it all joy” that I was able to call him a friend. I can only hope that my faith will be as strong as his if I am ever faced with a tough situation.
    Again, if you need anything, or if the kids need anything, please contact me.
    In Christ,

  2. Lori,
    Reading this helped so very much. I am still praying for you and your children faithfully. I drove to Rome last weekend just to find the place my friend was laid to rest. I nestled a small rose bush as best as I could hoping you would find it and plant it for me in memory of Alan. Thank you so much for letting me know in the end that it was peaceful. He was someone I looked up to thru middle and high school, always ready to give advice or just a shoulder. Reconnecting this last year, was a blessing, because after all these years, he somehow taught me how to dig deeper into my faith as never before. Again, he was my hero. To the very end.

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