The call came yesterday afternoon. Aunt Mary is 95 and has been waiting for the Lord to take her home for several years. And now they are going to take her heart apparatus out and she will go to hospice. Her husband died several years ago. Most of her friends and siblings have gone.
My mother-in-law is 85 and has been living with us for the past 12 years. They were sister-in-laws, both Marys, 10 years apart but very close. When mom found out Aunt Mary’s time was short, she was visibly shaken. Like Aunt Mary, her husband and Mary’s brother died 17 years ago. Most of her friends have gone. And now, she was going to lose another close relative and friend. She laid her head on my shoulder and wept. My heart ached for her. It has to be a horribly lonely place to be on this journey.
As mom and I talked, we realized how precious our hope is in Jesus Christ. These women are strong Christian women. They have both been granted the privilege of a long, full life. And now they are going to their reward. Why is change so hard? Why do we cling to this life, even with the beautiful hope we have? I’m sure it’s our carnal human condition. We don’t realize how short life is until the time is gone.
Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are good holidays to take time to reflect on those men and women who have been so much a part of our lives; men and women who have laid the groundwork for what we have become, who have modeled lives of commitment, integrity, and love-people who “look like Jesus.”
If some of your loved ones haven’t left that kind of legacy for you, you can choose to make a difference for your children. Write down how you would like to be remembered and with God’s help determine to be that person. The more we reflect Jesus in our lives, the more we look like Him and He is honored. Then when we reach that final destination and heaven is our home, we will hear those words, “Well done, you good and faithful servant. Enter into the place I have prepared for you.” I don’t understand it all. But I do know we are all on this journey together. Some day we will get where we are going and what a glorious day it will be!
2 Corinthians 5:2 (NASB) For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NASB) For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
Revelation 21:4-5 (NASB) and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."
5 And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He *said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."
Oh the beauty of it all! These old worn out bodies will be exchanged for a new glorious one. Those that have gone before us will be waiting and especially we will get to behold the One that redeemed us. O glorious day!