Monday, October 29, 2012

Our family is so blessed to have known him

If you have read my post(s) in the past few days, then you know our family received some sad news on Friday.  I chose not to share it until it was an appropriate time.  I wanted to honor the family and allow them ample time to inform people.

On Friday, our dear Pediatrician was taken to heaven.  I cry as I type this post.  You see, he was not just my children's doctor.  He and his precious wife have become a part of our family.  Words cannot express the sorrow we feel.  I knew before I even officially knew that Dr. James Twining was a Jesus man.  His care went above and beyond the books of medicine.  He loved on my children like he was their grandfather.  The bond he created with them will forever remain.  He and Emily were bonded beyond words. 

Dr. Twining saw us through heart surgery, two neck surgeries, an elbow surgery, broken bones, asthma hospitalizations, and a list of illnesses.  When my children were exposed to a bat, he was on the phone in an instant.  He was known to call my home and check on my children and, at times, their mama. Oh, how I love this man.

I once was told that it must be nice to be so close to my children's doctor.  I replied that when you have gone through all that we have, it was a given.  In reality, it was much more than that.  There was just a bond formed early on. 

Friday night as I sat crying and aching in my heart I told Jesus, "You got a good one."  I clearly heard, "Yes I did."  We will hurt for a long time over this.  However, I know that we are truly blessed to have known him.  I wouldn't trade knowing and loving this wonderful man for all the pain we are feeling.  I have the assurance that one day we will again be with him.  We will see his shy smile and hear his gentle voice.  My daughter told me today that she can feel him with her and it brings her peace.  She said that she knows without a doubt that he is with her.  She is right, he is in her heart and will be forever.  I thank Jesus for giving her this peace and the knowledge that he is with her. 

I will miss our sweet Dr. James Twining. 


Please pray for his wife.  I love her more than I can even express.  Pray for his 5 boys and their families.  Also, please pray for our family. 

Psalm 34:18...The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.

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12 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post Marci! Thanks for sharing a life that has been a blessing to you. I will be praying for his family and all those blessed by him. May his life remind us of the importance of loving others and the impact we can have when we are true "Jesus people".

    Love ya girl and pray your family can hug through the sadness!!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers. His family is truly blessed to have such a wonderful man lead their family. He taught me so many things that didn't involve medicine. I was able to tell him all the ways he touched my life prior to his death. I will forever be grateful that I was able to love him back.

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  2. Yep..I definitely cried during this post. I will definitely be keeping you all in my prayers! <3

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    1. Thank you for the prayers. His family is hurting, but they have peace knowing he is with his Jesus and one day they will be reunited. Oh, how I wish I could bottle up his love to show everyone how truly special and dear he was. My heart will forever be changed because of him. I am so very grateful that he touched my children's hearts and lives. They will carry his love with them forever.

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  3. I will be praying for his family and those who loved him! What touching post!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers. I know Jesus hears every single one. Throughout my days since he went home to be with Jesus, I ask Jesus to please tell him hello and I love him. I am grateful that I can talk to Jesus and know that my special doc is right there with Him.

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  4. Reading this makes my heart ache, Marci! While we weren't as close to him as you were, he was John's pediatrician, a careful choice made from hours of research and interview. He was the one who calmly told me my newborn had a murmur resulting from multiple holes in his tiny heart and reassured me that they would heal on their own. And they did. His calm demeanor made all the difference to this first time momma. I will miss his smile. Heaven did get a good one!

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    1. I am so glad you were able to experience how precious he was. I know we have had many conversations on how wonderful of a man he was. My heart is so sad and I find myself wondering how I will do this without him. He was such a strong force in our lives. I dread the next time we have to go to the office and know I won't see his sweet face or hear the whistle he does when he looks in the kids ears...yes, he still does it when they are old! :)The only thing I will be able to do is lean on Jesus to carry us through this. I am grateful that Jesus will pick us up and carry us. I look forward to the day when I will see him again in our eternal home. Erin, we were truly blessed to know him.

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  5. Marci- I'm so sorry I didn't see this earlier. My heart is breaking for you. It's hard to say goodbye and it's never the right time. I wish I could give you a big hug. Love you!

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    1. You are so precious to me. You are right, it is never the right time. I am grateful that I know, without a doubt, that we will be reunited with him someday. He loved Jesus and gave it away to anyone he came into contact with. What a beautiful thing for my children to witness.
      I feel your hugs and I thank you for them. Love to you too! I am so grateful and praising Him happy that Nolan is doing well. He continues to amaze...I love it!

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  6. So sorry for your loss :( Praying for you and your family..

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