Yesterday I learned that a very special lady was on life support, but the brain activity had gone completely. They took her off of it today and she went Home to be with the Lord a little after noon. She is joining her husband who went before her just a short time ago, but has left behind two beautiful grown daughters and numerous loved ones (friends included) who are both rejoicing at her freedom from the bondage of her illness-ridden body, but mourn the emptiness of her gregarious personality.
In times of sorrow God’s word promises that The Comforter (Holy Spirit) is ever present, and over and over again we are directed to turn our sorrow into praise, our mourning into dancing. However, at times like these, it is often difficult to break out into songs of worship, let alone put on dancing shoes; but -God is still God, still worthy of our worship AND worthy of our gratitude for allowing us to be blessed with the presence of the loved one in our lives for the time we had her.
Every one of us have (or will) face the passing of one so dear to our hearts. A parent, a grandparent, a friend, a spouse, a sibling, a child. That is the course of life. We are born, we live, and we die. But, be of good cheer, for Jesus Christ HAS overcome even death, hell and the grave, and those of us who have accepted Him as Lord of our lives WILL live on in spirit with Him until that time when we receive our new heavenly bodies and are like Him – GLORY!
If thinking about that isn’t something to sing songs of joy about, I sure don’t know what is!
So, today, my dear sister, Anna, I wave these flags in praise, honor and worship to our King (in Who’s presence you now are – you are blessed) thanking Him for the gift of you – thank you for your joy – thank you for your humor – thank you for your friendship – until we meet again, I will honor God and thank Him for taking you Home, now free from pain and suffering!
My prayers are with the family, for peace, for comfort, for strength and for the JOY OF THE LORD to overwhelm them during this time of transition! Love you all so much….
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