From the Support Cecil Sherman Facebook page:
I received a call just a bit ago from Eugenia Sherman as she was preparing to board a plane to Richmond, Virginia. Cecil suffered a massive heart attack late today and is currently hospitalized. She asks for prayers. Let us all lift up Cecil Sherman and his family at this precarious time.
For my non-Baptist readers: Cecil Sherman is a giant among moderate Baptists: a respected pastor for many years, long-time leader in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and for many years writer of the commentary supplement to the curriculum I edit. After being diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, he has made miraculous progress and has even been traveling to speak at various local CBF events.
God of grace,
Look with compassion upon your servant Cecil.
In accordance with your will,
bring healing into his life,
of body, soul, and spirit.
May he be filled with the presence of your Son Jesus Christ,
who reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit:
one God, now and forever. Amen.
Yesterday while getting his car washed, Dad had what the physicians are calling a “massive heart attack.” Some good soul, whom I have yet to identify, called the EMTs who resuscitated Dad and took him to the ER via ambulance.
The first hours at the hospital proved volatile: another heart attack (I think), numerous interventions, and finally an induced coma with a breathing tube. He is now in the Cardiac ICU at VCU Medical Center.
Thanks to a good friend’s fervent negotiations with the airlines, I arrived in Washington, D.C., just after midnight. Nathaniel picked me up and we drove directly to Dad’s side, arriving at 3:00 a.m.
This morning great fleets of doctors and residents have swooped in. They name his condition “very grave,” but not hopeless. If he survives the next several days, they will be able to offer some prognosis.
At the moment, Nathaniel and I are ejected from Dad’s room while the nurses do some procedures. We sit side-by-side, our laptops keeping us in touch as best are able. My husband Doug is en route, as are Bill and Veta (Dad’s brother and sister-in-law).
You have wrapped us in the embrace of your prayers for many months. Thank you for doing so again. “In life and in death we belong to God.”
—Eugenia Sherman Brown