So sorry for you and your family's loss. Praying for you all.
So sorry for you and your family's loss. Praying for you all.
My Bill has gone on to be with the Lord. This has not been easy. I'm just now getting to the point where I don't break down and start crying every few minutes. I just thank God that my 3 sons and my daughter and the whole family was here to help me through all this. Its not easy to give up the love of your life, but my children all all Christians and they love their daddy Sooooo much. They have been so wonderful, taking turns night and day helping with him. He didn't suffer. Just got weaker and weaker and lost so, SO much weight.
I firmly believe that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Someday, we're going to have a grand reunion. Till then, I don't have a clue how to live my life without him in it. I am at a loss, about how to do that.
Our Pastor got someone to preach for him on Sunday and he was here about 40 minutes after he got the call that Bill had passed. I was with him, holding his hand and my daughter and son-in-law were with me when he took his last breath. But our Pastor said, "When I got the call I looked at my watch. It was time for Sunday School to start and I suddenly saw you and Bill walking through those doors at the church as you arrived Sunday after Sunday, year after year at church. And then I thought to myself, This time, Bill is walking through the doors of Glory, going in to see Jesus instead of coming to Sunday School or church And yes...on Pentecost Sunday.
The last thing my Bill said to the family was a few nights before that. Two of my sons and their wives and a granddaughter was here and when our family is together, they are used to smiling and talking. Bill was talking a little too, now and then, but mostly listening. He was very weak, but he was able to smile and enjoy them.
Suddenly, he said, "Well, I'll see you all later."
My sons said, "Where are you going, Dad?"
And he said, "I'm going home." So they kind of quieted down their talking a little, thinking they might be bothering him. Little did we know that was his last conversation with the family. After that time, he would only respond to each of us individually when we'd tell him to 'swallow' his water or medicine. Or when I'd say, "I love you", he'd say softly, "I love you too."
But he didn't suffer, or struggle. He just breathed less and less and finally took his last breath with us at his side.
Its been so hard, selecting a casket and all that.... But we knew when we found the right one. It is silver blue, has doves around it and on the part that lifts up...it has written then 'GOING HOME.
That's where he told us he was going.............
Please pray for our pain. My children and I are hurting so bad. What will we do without him?
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)
I'm truly sorry for your tremendous loss, sister in Christ. Friends and I will be keeping you and all your family in prayer for healing and encouragement.
I am praying for your peace. This is one of those life-time events which can not be avoided. If one is born into this world, then death will also come. I pray that you and your family dwell on the good aspects of Bill and his life. May the sorrow you feel be replaced with the joy of good memories, and joyful expectations of that eventual reunion on high.
Thank you for sharing, that was very touching. We've been praying for your family; and previously for Bill, though by now he's done something we've all longed for since first being called by the Lord. He's actually seen Jesus face to face. I can only imagine how amazing that must be.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Thank you so much for this testimony of Bill's "Going Home." Words fail me; I am touched. Am praying that God continue to give you and yours peace and comfort. And your pastor sounds so caring. You are in good hands for sure.
"The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land ." SofS 2:12 (RSV)
Tears forming in my eyes more no doubt to fall later.......Diggin and family I am so sorry for your loss here on earth but am glad Bill is HOME and walks and talks with the Lord in that Beautiful garden....what a sweet sound to be heard......the Lord's to Bill as they walk and talk ...he is home and well made full in our Lord and Savior.....My prayers for you and family are to feel some ...a measure of Bill's happiness and to feel God strenthen you as each day passes.....Oh diggin I am so sorry :*(
The story of Job teaches us that the Devil has to be given permission to attack us. So if God is allowing the attack surely He's planning our victory. He would not allow us to be in a battle we could not win.! God looks for hand-picked people He can send into difficult environments, that He might be glorified. He makes all things "work together for good" (Ro 8:28) so don't be intimidated. Just keep your eyes open and see what God is up to!
I haven't been on here much lately so I was shocked to learn this has happened. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry for you and your family. My heart hurts...
I saw that Bill is with our Lord a few days ago Judy...Your post was so touching I logged off after and was just going to do a card, but till it arrives I want you to know you have been on my mind so much..Love and prayers for you.
9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
PRAYERS FOR MIEKE AND CHARLES
Praying for you and your family.
(how BLessed you are to have a Christian family surrounding you at this time! Try not to feel let down when they return to 'normal' living in a few weeks)
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