My heart is aching this morning, as Rich’s Dad called him yesterday afternoon to tell him that Grandma was not doing well. Rich immediately left (four hours away) to try and see her one last time, but she died before he got there. He continued on and spent the night at his Dad and step-Mom’s house. It’s doing him a world of good to be with the family right now, he was very close to his Grandma. Indeed, she was so loving and good to all of her family and friends. We couldn’t help but love her deeply.
What brings tears to my eyes more than anything is imagining Rich’s beloved Grandma being carried into Heaven in the arms of her loving King and Savior, Jesus, and imagining her reuniting with her loved ones who went before her to that place, including her dear husband. For her, now, there is no more feeble old age, no more deaf ears, no more pain or discomfort of any kind, no more cancer, only joy, joy, joy everlasting and eternally. She’s smiling, laughing, worshipping, and dancing in the bliss of life above. Isn’t the promise of eternal life something to be thankful for?
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
“The comfort of life does not lie so much in the abundance of things, as in the art of enjoying a little. I have lost a dear friend, but my happiness was more wrapped up in that God to whom my beloved ones have gone: and God will bring them along with Him. That which beautified their character and made them so lovely was what could not be lost, but is perfected by the translation. I love them still, and take great pleasure in loving them, which helps relieve my sorrow for their absence.” ~a beautiful quote from John Willison
Thank you to all of you who have prayed for Grandma over the years. Rich will be coming home soon and then we will take the children back out to NY for the funeral when it takes place. We are from the same church family so I very much look forward to seeing all of our family and friends there.