My 75-year old aunt, in relatively great health, suffered a massive brain-stem stroke Monday morning at 8:30. Tonight, Tuesday, at 11:44, I do not ask for your prayers for healing. I ask for your prayers for God to take her home and for His mercy. She is totally unresponsive. The doctors have said that there is no hope. No surgeries will do anything. No ventilators will do anything more than the oxygen mask is doing now. She is on no machines. She is merely in a hospital room with an oxygen mask and medications to keep her body from being agitated. The decision of the feeding tube was given to the family Monday afternoon. It was decided that it would only prolong the way that she is now and that would be inhumane. If it were any other kind of stroke, it might be different. We still talk to her and hold her hand as if she hears us. But we know that she doesn't. My mother and I took the last 6-hour shift at the hospital. Her lungs are so filled with fluid that suctioning her out doesn't work well at all and it just comes right back anyway. She doesn't seem to be in much distress, but is slowly dying. Too slow. Please, please pray that God be merciful and take her quickly. I know that it can't last more than a few more days. The body can't go more than 3-5 days without fluids. But this is hard. She is a devout Christian who gave her life to her family and to her church family and to her community. No one has given more in the name of Jesus Christ than this woman. Nobody. They are going to lay out the red carpet for her in Heaven and she will humbly refuse to walk it.