Thursday, March 24, 2011

Still Waiting...

Our deepest gratitude to all of you  who continue to bear our burden with us, experience our pain, and uphold us with your prayers for this seemingly long journey with Martha as she anticipates the joy of being with Jesus.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us (Martha!) an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Cor. 4:17.

Martha has seemed very close to Heaven for several weeks now and the medical people continue to be amazed that she is still with us.  These recent days have been more difficult as her body systems are shutting down and her brain chemistry is changing with the build up of toxins. She is sedated and resting peacefully.

We are impressed with how often our Lord brings some kind of relief: an angel of mercy hospice nurse coming to the house at night, after one nearly sleepless night here when one of her brothers appeared to sit by Martha’s side and calm her until a new medication arrived and more surprise bouquets of flowers on our doorstep. Certainly not least, we continue to be impressed with the extent of God’s mercy and grace to us as the stretching definitely continues!

All of her vital signs have been diminishing daily. Yesterday morning the hospice nurse could not hear her blood pressure with the cuff, or get an oxygen reading in her finger, and heard only slight air movement in her lungs.  She has had no fluid input or output for almost a week and her breathing has been very irregular for days. She looks so very peaceful that I regret having to disturb her every three hours with medication that tastes terrible and is uncomfortable to receive.

So, dear intercessors, thank you again for persevering with us in this journey and may our Lord bless each of you abundantly!

In His love, Martha’s parents


  1. Thinking of you and praying for you today.
    Sandra Wimbish

  2. You all continue to be in our prayers.

  3. My 5th grader, who was a student of Martha, continues to lift you all up in prayer. She has her friends at church praying as well. Martha has no idea the influence she has had on so many young lives! She is so blessed to have such a wonderful Christian family.

  4. Dearest Depp Family, I pray the stretching ceases soon, for both Martha and yourselves. Thank you, exceedingly, for your faithfulness in sharing in Whom your hope rests. And praise Him, that, YES!, there can be rest and peace, even during stretching. Much love to Martha and you all. In Christ, our only Hope, Courtney

  5. Martha is on sacred almost seems blasphemy to comment here...but she and you are in my prayers.

  6. Praying with you.... hugs to all.
    Lynne Kerr

  7. I'm so grateful to hear that Martha's so peaceful during this transitional time. She's so very blessed to have you as parents. Thank you for letting us know. I continue to pray daily. Much love. <3

  8. Grace and peace to Martha. Praying she'll be welcomed soon into the precious arms of Jesus and the presence of the Heavenly Father.

  9. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Depp, Although I have never met you, I feel as if I know you in some wonderful way from your posts. I had the honor of teaching with Martha, and my daughter was Martha's substitute when she had her original surgery. Your precious daughter has meant so much to me and to our entire school family! My husband and I are praying daily for Martha and for you, her amazing parents.