Thursday, April 8, 2010

waking in glory

Wednesday evening, Barbara's sister Shirley went to be with her Jesus,

and woke up in Glory.

"But as for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness,

I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake."

Psalm 17:15

"On either hand we behold a birth, of which, as of the moon, we see but half. To the region where he goes, the man enters newly born. We forget that it is a birth and call it death. The body he leaves behind is but the placenta by which he drew his nourishment from his mother Earth. And as the childbed is watched on earth with anxious expectancy, so the couch of the dying, as we call it, may be surrounded by the birth-watchers of the other world, waiting like anxious servants to open the door to which this world is but the windblown porch."

-George MacDonald (from the Musician's Quest)

"He will swallow up death for all time,
And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces..."
Isaiah 25:8

Shirley died peacefully holding her husband's hand. The family had surrounded her during the day, singing to her and ministering to her spirit, even though she wasn't able to respond. Thanks so much for your prayers for Shirley and for her family over the course of the past few weeks.


Anonymous said...

Oh! Barbara. Praise God that your sister is with the Lord and you don't grieve as those who have no hope. I do know that your heart is sad and you miss being with your family, but I pray that our God, the one who gives all peace and comfort, will comfort your heart and soul today and give you great joy knowing that Shirley is with Him and knows no more pain. I love you and grieve with you. Love, Miranda

Carl G. said...

Love the George MacDonald quote, Barb!
I'm not in Seattle yet and I'm missing you already!
Peace be with you.

us5 said...

thanks, Miranda. your love and prayers mean so much!

us5 said...

and thank you, Carl. i will be with you all in spirit...