COVID-19 – a vicious attack but not a victory

It snuck up behind us so suddenly. After supper one night, my husband began coughing. Gene coughed through the night and in the morning had a runny nose as well. Under other circumstances, I might have called it a common cold, but these days I wasn’t certain. We called and made an appointment for a COVID-19 test.

Over the weekend, my husband became rapidly weaker, his thoughts incoherent and his steps shuffling. By Monday, on our 46th anniversary, when we got the positive test result, Gene was almost comatose. An ambulance took him to the hospital.

Some days the news was bright, others it was grimmer. His oxygen levels were dropping, despite getting oxygen from an canula. When steroids, plasma, remdesfir and efforts on all fronts were still not effective, the doctors ordered intubation. Gene is now on a ventilator.

I don’t know what will happen in the next 48 hours. Will I become a widow? Our hope lies in the Lord. The old hymn, “Love Divine, all Loves Excelling” comes to mind, especially the second verse which says, “Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit into ev’ry troubled breast.” My prayer is that that would be true for Gene in the midst of this storm. But if the Lord chooses to take him? The last verse ends in triumph: ’til in heav’n we take our place,’til we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise”



  1. Joyce Sterner

    Dear Emily,
    We thank God for you and Gene, wonderful man, both of you such powerful voices for our Lord in so many ways. Aching with you in this earthly loss after 46 years. How we appreciate your marriage, family and role in building God’s church. May He be your comfort, strength and peace. Praying much since we heard about Gene and then read about your back issues this year. My fatigue has kept me from social media most of this year and I now deeply regret that.
    Love and thanks to God for the gift of your friendship over years since Jungle Camp.

  2. Ingrid Boydston

    I just happened upon your blog. I am so concerned this is the last blog posted listed. I am praying that whateve the outcome with your husband that you are held up by God’s unfailing love. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but I can pray for you and I am right now.

  3. PENNY

    Hi Emily,

    Praying you are doing well. I miss seeing you and the love and support you always gave. I’ve been praying for you, especially during your time of loss. Please add me to your email list so that I can receive your inspiring messages.

    Blessings for a Merry Christmas!


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