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Dying.

on January 16, 2014

“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.  For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.  Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.  The wind blows, and we are gone–as though we had never been here.  But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him.  His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!”       –Psalm 103: 13-18 NLT

The sad, pleading eyes.

The short, labored breaths.

The few words uttered with every ounce of strength left.

The dry lips and tongue lovingly sponged and balmed by family caregivers.

The slow cooling of the extremities.

The mottled skin.

The racing heart refusing to quit.

More labored breaths.

The eyes closing.

The limbs becoming limp.

The head twitching ever so slightly at the touch of kissing lips and hand massaging the hair.

What, Lord, is going through her still-active mind?

Then…

…at last…

…the final breath…

…the final rest.

My grandma’s pastor shared a quote from a home visit he’d done with her.  “I don’t know why I’m still here…I guess God still has more work for me to do.”

Her work is now complete.  She is home with the Lord who she served faithfully her whole life.

I am thankful that she instilled the seed of faith in her children, who then passed it on to their children.  Some have nurtured that seed, others haven’t; some started long ago, others only recently.  But she laid the groundwork.

Thank you, Grandma, for your faithfulness to God and for pointing us to our Savior Jesus Christ.

Thank you, Father God, for blessing me with Grandma’s life.  Help me to carry on her legacy in a way that truly gives You glory.

 

 

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