Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Goodbye, Dear Gram, for Now
An intestinal flu. Weakness and falling. Hospital stay with improvement. Nursing home for rehab. Quick decline with confusion, pain, pneumonia, and more pain. Difficult past weekend. Back to hospital with amazing pain. Short time of intense suffering than all is quiet. All in 10 days. It's amazing how quickly one's life can be over. Yes, she was old. Yes, we knew it would happen some day not too long down the line, but it is always hard when someone passes away. However, in 1975 at a little Baptist church, a message was preached about God's Great White Throne judgement---the judgment on all who had never admitted they were sinners, realized there is a penalty for sin, believed there is a Redeemer (Jesus Christ), and prayed seeking repentance for sin and asking Him to be Lord and Saviour--and Gram made sure she was on the way to heaven that day long ago by admitting and repenting, believing and praying. She did not want to be at that judgment and wanted to be sure her name was written in the Book of Life. Her mind wasn't clear enough to make that decision at the end. What if she had decided to wait, to put off that decision? It all happened so fast. She was in too much pain. Her decision many years ago determined her eternal destiny on Monday. Her soul stepped out of her ailing body into the presence of the Lord. Though we are grieving so right now, we are comforted with the peace that she is there in heaven and know we will see her again someday.