Thursday, July 7, 2011

THE FINAL JOURNEY HOME

I woke earlier than normal this morning, about 5 a.m. My favorite thing to do is sit outside on the glider in the screen room, read three devotionals, pray and read my Bible. 
Unfortunately at 5 this morning there wasn't enough light. So, being the creature of habit I am I forced myself to go out of order. I prayed first. There are several people I am praying for right now that I felt needed extra prayers anyway. 
As I sat outside, waiting for the sun to come up and the birds to "wake up" I also prayed that my "editor" (the Lord) would lead me today. Before I start working on my latest "work in progress" manuscript, I pray for His guidance. 
One of my friends who is battling breast cancer herself is now sitting at the bedside of her 93 year old Mother-in-law. She is not expected to live through the day.  My friend has been reading scripture to her. Her son has been talking to her as she "walks through this valley".
While in the screen room this morning, waiting for the sun.....
 
I felt a joy in my heart and have never felt closer to my Father. Death is no longer a sad thing for me. It's a joy.
Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
He's waiting for you Shirley, go in peace my friend.............

4 comments:

Joylene Butler said...

My 95-year-old MIL is dying. She keeps telling her son that she loves him with all her heart and that they'll meet again. She says she's not worried about him because he has a good wife who will love and take care of him.

When I heard that I choked up. In the past she has always made me feel as if I wasn't good enough for her son. Hearing her say that I was made me instantly forgive her for all the awful things she ever said to me. I suppose that's why I'm crying. Because I know when the time is right, Jesus heals us all if we let Him.

God Bless you, Katt.

Carol J. Garvin said...

A beautiful revelation for your lovely rose-hued morning, Katt. When we're losing someone we love, it's so hard, but we know the reluctance to see them go is because of our loss, not theirs. God has such wonderful things in store for them!

Sending a virtual hug to you (and Joylene) as you prepare to say goodbye to special people in your lives.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Joylene,
I am praying for you, your mil, and Ralph. You are a good wife and daughter. I'm sorry it took her so long to share those feelings with you, that I'm sure she has always known.
I love you Joy, you are truly my "sister"
Katt

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Carol,
Thanks for your hugs. Shirley "finally made it home" just before midnight.
I love you too my sister!
Katt