Thursday, March 20, 2014
The older I get the more I realize how short our time is here. Now I am not saying anything that anyone else has not said before but WOW - life truly is but a vapor! Death hurts, mourning hurts, illnesses hurt, injustice hurts but God is GOOD all the time.
Today, my uncle stepped his final step into glory. His battle over the last few months has been a hard one and I am thankful for a merciful God who made his transition a peaceful one. I can only imagine the joy that he felt when he was restored to healthy and made his way to see our Lord and then his wife, and his mother and dad....Oh the tears of joy he must be experiencing is almost beyond my comprehension.
It is those who are left behind that most now deal with the overwhelming what-if, the empty chair at holiday dinners, the memories, the pain of losing someone you love. Our family has not experienced death much as we don't really have a large family so we don't have a lot of practice letting go of those we cherish.
My heart is breaking for his son and wife who will now have to deal with the reality of not getting here in time and being able to say physically say goodbye. For my aunt who has been his caretaker and overseer for last few months, tears flow freely.
My heart is breaking for my mother( the oldest of the three) is an amazing woman - She has watched as her dad and mom were buried and now will stay strong for her brother to take his place by them. No one has prayed for my uncle more these last few months than my mom. She is grieving in all kinds of ways - two sons that she has not seen in years (and may never see again) and a lifestyle change of leaving her home of 30+ years is right around the corner.
And for the rest of us - holding on to our memories and realizing that life is but a vapor - live love and laugh. But most of all, if you believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as our your Lord and savior - you too can rest in the knowledge that God is good all the time and one day you will be reunited with your loved ones who believed the same thing!
This is perhaps the last photo taken of him....this was good day! Rest in peace Uncle Nathan - we love you and we miss you but we will see you again soon!