After receiving the news from doctors that his son, who had recently suffered a series of strokes, was essentially brain dead and could soon be taken off life support, a desperate father said he entered a hospital in Tomball, Texas, prepared to kill himself if his son were to die.
With a 9mm handgun in his waistband, George Pickering, 59, said he went into his son’s room at Tomball Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit on Jan. Pickering’s actions set in motion what would be a four-hour standoff with police at the hospital — but during that time, he said, a “miracle” occurred.
Shortly after the standoff began, Pickering said another son actually wrestled the gun away from him. As police and a SWAT team surrounded the hospital, Pickering said he prayed and talked to his adult son, who was still on life support. After four tense hours, Pickering surrendered to police peacefully, believing he had done enough to prove that his son should be kept alive.
In an emailed statement sent to TheBlaze on Friday, a Tomball Regional Medical Center spokesperson wrote: “We appreciate the opportunity to be included in your story. It wasn’t immediately clear how the reported decision to remove the son from life support was made or if other family members were involved. During his 77 days in jail, Pickering got a visit every Tuesday from an ex-convict who would talk and pray with him as he worked through the trying time in his life.
Shortly after getting out of jail, Pickering found himself in the parking lot of Silver Springs Baptist Church.
In April, Zbylot told TheBlaze, Pickering decided to give his life to Christ and was invited to be baptized on Easter Sunday. After Pickering’s moving baptism, Zbylot said his son, the one who nearly died, went into a side room with one of the church’s outreach ministers “confessing his sins” and “putting it all out there.” In the middle of his sermon, he said, the son emerged. Zbylot said he turned to Pickering and said, “I think you need to baptize your son.” And so, months after nearly losing him forever, Pickering baptized his son — a direct violation of the “no-contact” order put in place after the January standoff at the hospital. Pickering told TheBlaze he wasn’t sure if he was going to be arrested for violating the order, but he said he’s basically been his son’s caretaker for over nine years and simply refused to not be with him.
When asked bluntly if he is a threat to his son as a no-contact order might suggest, Pickering replied, ”Absolutely not, I love my sons. In the event that Pickering is sentenced to additional jail time, Zbylot said the church will step up to help care for his son, who is unable provide for himself financially.
As for his fate, Pickering said he is praying that everything is “understood” at his hearing on Friday. What Happens When Jews, Christians and the Unreligious Are Asked About Morality of Polygamy, Abortion and Homosexuality? Prior to the incident, he reported being disturbed by hospital staff’s hasty discussions about harvesting his 27-year-old son’s organs.


The pastor, Scott Zbylot, recalled the troubled man pleading, “I need God, I need Jesus — can you help me.” He said the church welcomed him with open arms.
The man’s son, once thought to be brain dead, has recovered a great deal, though is still struggling in some regards.
It’s really a blessing,” the father said, though he’s still struggling through cognitive issues similar to what an NFL player who has been hit too many times in the head might go through. He said anyone moved to help can donate directly to Silver Springs Baptist Church and earmark the payments “benevolence” and George Pickering.
He said the hospital is filled with “good people” who were likely just following the organ-harvesting protocol. In the meantime, the dad will lean on his faith and pray that God’s will is for him to take care of his son. ET: A Harris County Criminal Court judge revoked George Pickering’s bond on Thursday after the father violated a no-contact order when he baptized his son earlier this month.
However, the father could face additional charges for violating a no-contact order issued after the armed standoff — and the story behind that “crime” is just as gripping. We carried it proudly all the way back to one of their houses and proceeded to patch the hole with a piece of plywood and tar. He pulled out his handgun and ordered everyone to get out of the room because, the dad explained to TheBlaze, it was his time to be with his son. One of the boys found a canoe paddle in the weeds and we three got into the boat and started to paddle out. We feverishly paddled with that one oar and bailed out the water with our hands and an old can. Barely we made it to shore and got out just before the boat sank below the water and headed downstream. Wet, cold and shaking the three of us headed home knowing we would never tell our parents of this stupid adventure.
We were lucky to be alive and it was only by Goda€™s grace that I can live to tell about it.
Sometimes that other road will bring you back to your original path and sometimes it will take you farther away from it. But God used him to gather and lead his people out of Pharaoha€™s slavery and split the Red Sea in two.A  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and was cast into prison but became the second most powerful person inEgypt. Or, maybe just maybe a smile or a kind word from you to a stranger may just prevent them from going home and ending their own life and their grandson will some day save the world. He will bring to light things that are now hidden in darkness, and will make known the secret purposes of people's hearts.


Throw your troubled waters out of your boat and paddle on down that river of life with Him at your side.
You have ears, but you don't really listen.Psalm 13:2 -- How long must I worry and feel sad in my heart all day? I have been praying for something to happen for 4A? years now and what I prayed for was not granted.
Leta€™s speak of reality a€“ He is God and He can do what He wants to or not do what He doesna€™t want to. We cannot command the Lord to do anything whether we do it in pleading, tears, anger, or desperation.
If God has the will, He may answer our prayers about life but nothing says that He absolutely has to.
All we have is the hope that he will hear us, see what we are going through, and grant us a little drop of His mercy in this life. He will cure a cancer, heal the deaf, grow an arm back or bring someone back to life but that does not mean He will do it all the time. He has given us guidance through His word (the Bible) and occasionally gives us a nudge or lesson to learn from but basically kicks us out of the nest like the mother bird does to face the challenges of life. I get so frustrated at times that my prayers are not answered and I have to keep reminding myself that this is my life and I need to deal with it on my own sometimes. Their job is to preach the message to inspire, encourage, and give hope to their congregations. If we are to be an example of His mercy to others, it can only be done with people of lesser stature than us.
He wants us to spread the Gospel and not make up stories of what He has done for us personally in life. Just show others how you believe in His salvation and forgiveness and tell them of His Word. He has promised everything in His kingdom of Heaven to those who accept His Son as Lord and Savior. Life here is just a temporary setback, trial and test to see if we are worthy of everlasting life sharing in His love -- or without it in a very dark place.
So accept His Son as your Lord and claim the only real promise that He made to us --- Forgiveness and Salvation.



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