April 27, 2005

Surgery Day!

Many of us will be checking here frequently waiting for word from Jack (me? I have nowhere to look -- I just wait!) As you check the blog, please post a comment to tell your name, and where you live (city and state -- and I guess, country, if not U.S.!) I think it will be fabulous for Rob and Tammy and Jack to all see where everyone is that is praying for them. If you aren't familiar with posting a comment, click on the comment count at the bottom of this post. That will take you to a page that has a blank spot for you to start typing! More explanation is at the bottom of this page in "Posting a Comment 101".

As soon as I have word, I will post more. 8:00-ish: Surgery has been re-scheduled (again) for 8:30. A child came into the emergency room that needed the first slot, so now he's scheduled for 8:30. 11 a.m. -- Surgery STILL delayed. Jack is restless and hungry. Let's pray for this to get underway!!

Tammy and Rob -- look at the times on the comments for the post from Tammy. We truly have you COVERED in prayer, through all hours of the night!


Robyn said...

We are praying for you!
Love, Paul, Robyn, Christopher Paul and Lauren Wertheim
Abilene, Texas

Anonymous said...

Dear Marcelains,
At this very hour may God wrap his arms around you and bring you the strength and peace you need to make it through this morning and afternoon. Please continue to feel the presence of all the prayer warriors lifting you up.
Craig, Shellie, Brittany & Ashley Smyser

Pat White said...

Great posts this morning Sarah.

We hold you up in prayer as you serve the Marcelains with grace and skill.

Take care of it all today. We love the Marcelains and entrust all to you today.

Pat White
Abilene, Texas

Scott Ferguson said...

We continue to be praying. Sandy's women's Bible Study prayed for all of you last night here in Temple, TX. The last words on my lips last night were to God about Jack and the first thought on my mind when I awoke was a prayer for Jack and for all of you. Sandy and I are with you in Spirit and are constantly lifting you up to God.

Anonymous said...

praying for Jack for the last two days, on my bike riding between Midland and Odessa, (two different times. it does NOT take me two days on bike to get from Midland to Odessa. Bill C.

Anonymous said...

I woke up early this morning and have been in constant prayer for Dr. Price and Jack. I also asked Brittany and Ashlee to keep your sweet baby in their prayers throughout the day.

Even though we're not there with you, please know our love and concern is being poured your way! I will pray specifically for peace as you wait. I know hours will seem like they are only going by in minutes. May you be at peace and have patience as the surgery unfolds.

We love you!
The Boone Family
Abilene, Texas

Anonymous said...

Dear Jack and Family,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand and give you peace and comfort at this difficult time. We are praying for you and so are the teachers and staff at Thomas Elementary.


Neil & Barbara Tatom & family

the Jennings' said...

Rob and Tammy,
Just from the experience with my Mom, I know how incredibly frightening this moment is. But it is also a relief to know that yucky tumor will be out of Jack's head. When you realize there's something so invasive there, you just want it out as quickly as possible. I wish we could be there right now.... but, we are praying and will be in constant prayer today for complete healing, for skill for the doctors and nurses, for a comletely successful surgery, and for complete peace and comfort while you and your family wait. I was such a stressball by the time Mom got to ICU that I had a permanent twitch in my eye for a month (just like the detective's supervisor in the Pink Panther). I hope that there's no twitch in your eye today! LOL Your church family is holding you in our arms today! Love, Shane, M.C., Morgan and Zach

Cliff Hollis said...

Just got a note from Robyn about covering you in prayer and I will add my prayers to your situation. God can beat this.

Cliff Hollis

Anonymous said...

Dear Tammy, Rob and Jack,
We wish we could be there with you today in person but we are certainly with you in spirit. I'm so glad I got to see Jack enjoy those pancakes (with extra syrup!) Monday. It helps me keep his sweet image in my mind as I lift him up in prayer today. May God continue to bless you and keep his loving arms wrapped around you.

We love you dearly!
Robin Saylor

From Guy:

So much has happened in the last 48 hours since being with you last. My heart goes out to you. It's hard to even know what to say and think. I can't even imagine what it has been like for the two of you. All I know is that God's love and grace will carry you and your family through this. I know our God is awesome and his love and peace is unbelieveable. We love you guys and my prayers and thoughts are constantly with you. Can't wait to give all three of you a big hug!
Guy Saylor

Anonymous said...

I tried this earlier this morning and it didn't work so I am trying it again!

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are "disturbing God" on your behalf-- praying for Dr. Price and the medical team, for your peace as waiting is so difficult, and for little Jack as his body undergoes this surgery. We will continue to pray...

We love you!!!
The Chrane family
Abilene, TX

Anonymous said...

Hey Marcelains,
Jack's emergency has given meaning to prayer for our younger kiddos, Kevin and Anne. We prayed this morning, knowing that Jack was approaching surgery.
May you all feel God's presence today! We love you dearly!
Lisa Carroll

p.s. Who is Anne gonna chase around the building tonight, Tammy? Jack will be missed in many ways.

The Cooks said...

Tammy & Rob,
Tell Jack that Buffalo Wild wings just wasn't any fun without seeing you guys there. He has to get better real soon so he can put the "wild" back in the wild wings. We learned a special way to pray when Joshua was little. When we pray we thank God in faith for what we're praying. We know that He is so awesome!-it's as if it's already done. So, THANK YOU GOD FOR MAKING JACK HAPPY & HEALTHY AND BACK HOME WITH US! AMEN!
Love, Samuel, Jean & Joshua Cook

Anonymous said...

Dear Marcelains,

The master says:
"Write! Whether it's a letter, a diary or just some notes as you speak on the telephone — but write!
In writing, we come closer to God and to others. Try to put your soul in writing, even if no one reads your words. The simple fact of writing helps us to organize our thoughts and see more clearly what is in our surroundings. A paper and pen perform miracles — they alleviate pain, make dreams come true and summon lost hope.
The word has power.

I do belive that everything will be more than perfect with your lovely child. God loves their children and answer on their prays!

Prague, Czech Republic

Ed Allred said...

We got word yesterday about Jack's surgery. We don't know you but we love you through Christ and know that He is with young Jack even now. You have many friends at Highland church that are praying...

Evy Greenlee said...

Dear Marcelains,
I will be praying for you all today and as many days as are needed until Jack is home and well. I know God is pouring his grace and peace over you at this moment and holding your hands.

We love you,
Ed, Evy, Lauren, Andrea and Kristen

Anonymous said...

Rob and Tammy, Word has reached us about your ordeal. I am praying today for all of you that Jack will be ok. Please know how much we care!

love, the Blakeys
Eric, Kathy, Tyler and Ryan

Anonymous said...


You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jack, get back to us soon.

Love, Matthew Morgan

Mondy said...

Rob and Tammy,

I recieved the news last night and have not stopped thinking about you.

Please know that all of us at LCU are praying for you and those taking care of Jack.

The news has also reached Grants and they are all praying for you as well.

Let us know if we can do anything. No request is too large.

Mondy, Cindy, Lindsay, and Haley Brewer
Lubbock, Texas

Anonymous said...

I have thought of and prayed for you and your precious boy since I found out about your situation yesterday. My husband has been in prayer as well. We don't know you, but we love you.

Roxanne Langley
Houston, Texas
(Sarah's friend)

Anonymous said...

I am sure that God is guiding the doctor's hands right now! I am praying for peace for the whole family while they await news from the doctors. Little Jack is being watched over by a host of angels! Love you guys!


Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you and with the medical team this morning. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers throughout today. We love you.

Jeff and Rebecca Leggett

Anonymous said...

We are friends of David and Karise Gililland in Pasadena, Cal. We love you and are praying for Jack and your family. May the Lord be with you.

Bruce, Yoli, Chelsea, and Hannah Monroe

Anonymous said...

Rob and Tammy, Tom and Elaine,
Please know that the operating room is FULL of angels at this moment, protecting Jack and guiding Dr. Price's hands. They will keep everyone there safe and alert for the job they are doing. I love you all, and am in constant prayer for Jack.

Marilyn Trabold

Anonymous said...

Tammy, Rob, Jack, -
We are still praying for our sweet Jack. We will miss his angelic face and spirit in bible class tonight but we will give all his loving to Sophie until Jack returns. I will be videoing the program at Butterfield that DJ and Ragan's class will be in today at 12:30. Will take pictures of DJ and give him some loving too. Hurry back sweet Jack your buddies need you in bible class in the boys vs. girls bible trivia. We love you. Teacher Carla H.

Anonymous said...

Rob, Tammy, and Jack:

Please know that we continually pray for the surgery and God's peace to invade your thoughts. We know about long hours of waiting and wondering...God works miracles!! We know!

We love you. Mark Hanner Family

D.J. Bulls said...

You know that your extended family and SH family and friends from ABilene extends well beyond Abilene! I will be there first thing after lunch! Know that we are thinking, praying and thanking God for who he is and what is is doing in getting Jack on the road to recovery! We love you!

Anonymous said...

Know that you are all WAITING right now! I know that God has His arms wrapped around you all and is with Jack and Dr. Price as she uses her skillful hands to return Jack to good health and free from the tumor. Angels watch over and protect him!! We love you and are continually praying for you!!
Love to you all
Through Him,
Gwen White

elizabeth said...

We will be praying for your son. I have an a little boy about your son's age and can only imagine what you are going though.
Bryon, Elizabeth, Matthew, Thomas, and Mary Elizabeth Barnhill
Waco, TX

Anonymous said...

I prayed everytime I was up breastfeeding Morgan. What a great time to go to God in prayer. We will be praying and thinking of you!!
Love, Kristi and David Henshaw

Anonymous said...

Dear family,
I love you guys so much. I have been praying for peace for all of you. Mom's prayer group prayed for you on Tuesday night. We will keep you in our prayers. Can't wait to see you again at one of our "family get togethers".

~Kathleen Summers said...

Leah asked me (one of her internet scrapping buddies) to pray for Jack. I shared the prayer request at my Bible Study last night. So you have about a dozen of us in the Sacramento California area praying for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Our God is an awesome God!!

Debbie said...

We have recently experienced the awesome power of prayer and the kind of peace that only comes from God our Father. It is an honor to be able to pray for your family at this time and KNOW that God is hearing and answering our prayers. We are also praying for your doctors, surgeons and caregivers. Peace and love to you all. Mark and Debbie Riggs

Anonymous said...

Tammy & Rob,
You have been constantly on my mind and in my prayers. Tammy, all those Psalms of David are replaying in my mind. Remember who's in charge and where our HOPE lies! Wish I could just hold you tight right now. I've asked God to give you an extra squeeze for me.

I love you!

The Mullicans said...

We are all praying for you. We have asked many people all over to pray for Jack. I know He is listening. We send our strength to you. We hope you can feel the power of all the prayers.
We love you,
Jeff, Liz, Tyrel and Shiloh

Anonymous said...

Dear Rob and Tammy,
We are in constant prayer for ya'll and for the medical team attending precious Jack. May ya'll feel the comfort of God's loving arms around you and His soothing peace. We love you and eagerly await for one of God's awesome miracles. Max and Jill Harding

Anonymous said...

We love you and are praying for you and our sweet Jack.
We are so grateful to see all of the people who are lifting prayers for Jack. We know you are, too.

Lord God, Thank you for your people. Thank you for the death of your Son who unifies us all. Please be with Jack Marcelain and his Doctors today. Give your guidance to their hands, your wisdom to their minds and your compassion to their hearts. Hold Rob, Tammy, Elaine, Tom, Sophie, & DJ close. Make your presence known so clearly to them. Give them peace in this time. Give them strength. Give them hope. Please heal this little boy whom we love so dearly. Make his body well and strong. Please give us your victory over this. Thank you for your healing Hand. We love you. Amen

Love, prayers, hugs, and HOPE,
Dave, Karise, Keely & Kinlie

SG said...

Though I don't know you, we seem to have many mutual friends! My little girl is seven. My heart hurts for you! I am saying a prayer right now that your son's surgery will go exactly the way it should and you will get a great report! May the God of all comfort hold you tight as you wait this out!
Stephanie Grosz
Waco, Texas

Anonymous said...

I just heard the news and my heart aches for you all. Please know that we are praying for you. May God fill you with His peace and comfort to carry you through each hour.

Love and Blessings,
Joey & Erin(Stewart)Drumright
Nashville, TN

jessica said...

Rob & Tammy,

The girls and I spent last night praying and attempting to come up with ways to help ya'll out. Megan decided she could go do your photography appointments but we decided people wanted their heads in the pictures. Let us know what we can do! We love ya'll and can't wait to see you again! Jessica

Anonymous said...

Dear Tammy and Rob,
I just found out about this website this morning. I had posted the information I had yesterday on the UCC list serve, and Mary Kay Mitchell emailed me with the latest information she had, and this site. This is wonderful.

Tamara told me last night about the good results on the second MRI. My prayers today combine my thanks for that with prayers for the surgery. I know assuredly that God is personally present with each of you, and with Jack, and with Dr.Price. Also, Jack is surrounded by the angels we were talking about on Monday!

Know that prayers for you all will be a constant thread through my whole day, as they were yesterday.

With much love,
Gay Barton

Anonymous said...

Rob and Tammy,

Our hearts hurt as we got the news. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The church in Grants is praying for young Jack as well.

Joel, Loree, Kaylee, Keegan and Kami Stewart

Anonymous said...

Tammy and Rob.

I am praying for you! Yesterday is Ladies Class we talked about Esther and her courage. You are Esther today!

Love and Prayers.

Kristen Saltsman

Anonymous said...

Rob and Tammy and Elaine

Mondy got the news to Stewart Brothers and then they started spreading it to us and we are continuing to contact those in our lives who have been "really strong pray-ers". My husband, Wes preaches here in Stamford at the Orient St. Church of Christ and so we will encourage all those out here in the 'country' to be praying for Jack. I pray that God will heal Jack completely and that you will be able to come home soon. I've already been very moved by just reading all the blogs and am inspired by the witness of you and all your friends. We love you although we don't know your family well and continue to pray for complete healing in Jack's body. Our God is good! (ps-our 'guys' are just 5 & 7, but are often better pray-ers than their parents - we'll get em right on it!)
Rebecca (Stewart), Wes, Caleb & Noah Horn
Stamford, TX

Grant said...

We all prayed in the car this morning on the way to Wylie... Amy, Andrew and Nicholas Boone and Kinsey and Kyler Christian

Abilene, TX

Anonymous said...

Rob & Tammy,
We are praying for Jack and your family during this long day of surgery. We love you-all so much and will continue to lift up Jack and his surgeon in prayer.
David & Sally Stewart

Anonymous said...

Dear Marcelains,
May God be with Jack through his recovery and may God be at your side to lift you up in your time of need. We will continue to pray for you.
Dawna Price

Anonymous said...

As I put the kids in bed, I prayed over each one that their guardian angels will also be with Jack's today as they keep watch over Doctor Price and her team. His promises are ever true and we know that His healing hand will prevail. Yes, God is bombarded today, and He hears. We love you, Mary Sue and crew

Wayne Terrell said...

Rob, Tammy, Jack, DJ, Sophie, Tom & Elaine,
You continue to remain in my thoughts & prayers. I know this time of waiting can be very trying & wearisome. Patience is definitely not one of my strong points! Just ask Diane!
In saying that, I leave you with my favorite scripture.
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:29-31
Hey, speaking of wings, Diane, Audrey & myself truly missed meeting all of you at BWW for those delicious wings! Come back soon so that we can go get some together. Tom & Elaine, if there is anything that we could do to help out at the house just let us know. Rob, you do the same. Lawns, papers, dogs, etc. I would be more than happy to take care of anything around your house. Please, let me know. We love you all & will continue to lift your family up in our prayers!

Your brother,
Wayne Terrell

Anonymous said...

Dear Marcelains,

A couple of years ago my family was in a similar situation. Because of the power of prayer my 11 year old daughter had a full recovery. Just wanted to let you know that I am adding your family to our prayer list here in Eastland.

Praying for all of you,
Terry Slavens
Youth and Family Minister
Daugherty Street Church of Christ

Smith family said...

Rob and Tammy,
We've only known you a very short while, but already love you deeply. We are praying constanly for you. As much as you love Jack, it's hard to imagine that God loves him even more. God will take care of His precious child.
Love, Kelly, Whitney Zach, and Jackson

Anonymous said...

What an awesome God we have! It's so wonderful to read all the comments from God's people. I set my alarm for 7:00 this morning so I could call all my friends by 7:30. There are many people who don't even know you lifting little Jack up in prayer all day today. I'm anxiously awaiting the wonderful news that is yet to come. Thank you God, in advance, for answering all of our prayers. Love, Kari Harris
Belton, Tx

dixie mcleod said...

Tammy and all:

We are praying for you to feel God's arms wrapped tightly about you and to KNOW he has engraved Jack's name on the palm of HIS hands. Jack is being lifted in prayer by all of Christ Covenant in Beaumont. We love y'all--your Beaumont family--Tom & Dixie

Nancy Galle said...

Praying for Jack in Eula! All things will work for good!
Love, Nancy Galle

the hathorn's said...

Rob, Tammy and Jack,
The ACU family is lifting your family up in prayer today. We are praying for peace as you wait, for Dr. Price to have a steady hand and for your little Jack to be strong and a incredible fighter. We love you and can't wait for your family to be back home! Howard, Jacki, Michelle & Nathan

Keith Jones said...

I've been praying for you as I get email updates from our prayer chain. It just kills me when I hear about families in situations like this. I have three little boys and I know how parents just hurt for their kids. I am going to mention this to my kids tonight so that they can pray for him as well. May God bless you with love, peace, strength and an extra measure of faith.

Anonymous said...

We have been praying for Jack without ceasing for the last two and a half days. We love ya'll so much and we can't wait til you're home.
Paul, Lori and Macy

Anonymous said...

Dear Rob, Tammy, and family,

We have been keeping up with things through this blog site that Wayne Terrell forwarded us.
We are constantly thinking about you and praying for you.

Mark, Mindy, Maddie, Mabree, & Mariah McClung

Anonymous said...

Dear Marcelain family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Seidensticker Family
Kendall, Donna, Melissa & Michael

Anonymous said...

We are praying that God provides Jack with strength and peace. Love,
David, Kristi, Madilyn & Morgan Henshaw

judy thomas said...

I am praying for you and for Jack's healing--wholly mind and body and holy--in spirit. God is your protector, have faith. Judy Thomas

Ruth said...

We are praying for you! I pray God will send his Angels to guide, protect and heal.

The Swedlunds

Anonymous said...

Rob and Tammy,
I know how special you and your family are ... and how incredible it has been today reading all of these wonderful prayers from awesome prayer warriors on behalf of Jack. It is overwhelming to see technology allow those who love you so much to be able to express themselves in this special way. I want you to know that we are in constant prayer for each of you. We pray that Jack will feel the peace of our Lord as he is waiting for this surgery. We pray that any delays that are occurring are occurring with God's guidance and his wisdom. We pray that the two of you will feel His presence in every hour knowing that so many are standing in the gap for you in moments when it all seems overwhelming. We pray for Sophie and D.J. as they try to continue with their daily activities that they will know that Jesus is right there with them. We pray for the medical team that they will have wisdom and insight that comes only from the Lord. Please let Jack know that all of us from his Sunday morning class love him dearly, and please remind him of a scripture that we have talked about together: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This is Braden's favorite scripture and the class has talked about it several times -- We will be praying this scripture over your entire family through this difficult time. I wish we could be there to hold you.
Love, Teacher Randa, Teacher Jeff, and Braden
Abilene, Texas

Anonymous said...

Tammy, Rob, Jack and Elaine,
I have been praying for you. I pray the surgery is successful and Jack fully recovers. We are anxious to hear how things went today. It is amazing the strength God delivers to His people when a crisis occurs. I know you feel His awesome power. Please know how much you are loved!
Scooter, Linda, Brendan and Grace Ann

Anonymous said...

I forgot to tell you about Keely's prayer for Jack. She whispered something that we couldn't understand and then cried out "HELP! IN JESUS' NAME! AMEN!"
I think it got through.
Love, hugs, and God's peace upon you,

The Troy Stirman Family said...

Dearest Marcelains....
You have certainly endured an amazing 24 hours this past day! My heart aches for you guys and especially little Jack and his stomach that must be going bananas waiting on this procedure. Jack- just for you, when you get back to town I'm going to buy you the biggest snow cone you've ever seen!
Ashley and Riley have prayed for you as have Sarah and myself and we want you to know that God, Jesus and the angels are all right beside you and your precious family! Your going to have one very cool story to tell some day and I can't wait to see the expression on the faces of those you tell it to...keep smiling buddy!

Steve Stewart said...

Dear Marcelains,

The news of Jack's battle got to us last night. We are praying for you all and for good news to come soon. We are thankful that we pray to a God who is powerful and who loves Jack and you very much. As all of these posts show, you are surrounded by those who love you.


Steve, Josh & Josiah Stewart