Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Grace to Do

Well, I haven't updated in a few days. Hopefully, this
year I will do a little better about my blogging. We do
have internet in the house now so it should be easier.
Just thought that I would take a few minutes to update.
From my last post, you understand that Daddy went
home to be with the Lord January 2, 2012. And I DO
believe that with all my heart. The Bible tells us in
2 Corinthians 5:8 that "...to absent from the body is to
be present with the Lord" and Paul also told us in 1 
Thessalonians 4:13 "But I would not have you to be
ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that
ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope,
This passage goes on to elaborate more about the
coming of Christ and how those that are dead in Christ
(believers) and those who remain (believers) will all
be caught up together in the clouds and then we will
all be with the Lord forever. Verse 18 concludes with
"Wherefore comfort one another with these words".

I have always loved these verses. They have meant a lot
to me over the years of reading and study God's Word.
But, I have never loved them and cherished them as
much as I have in recent days. My Daddy left us a
testimony of his faith in Christ. He lived his life in such
a way as to leave those following behind him a firm
and comforting knowledge that he went to be with the
Lord. So, I can rest and know that he is there. It is what
the blessed hope as believers encompasses. I believe
that is what gave us strength ~as a family~ to face watching
our precious Daddy struggle and leave this life. God's grace
carried Daddy and gave him the strength as he breathed his
last and God's grace gave us the strength to just be able to
go through the motions to do what had to be done.

The cancer that Daddy had (bone cancer) that spread
from bladder cancer was a terrible disease. He was in
great pain and he had several broken bones all over his
body where the cancer had just eaten away at it. We don't even
know all the places it had gotten to in the last few months.
But, I thought to myself ( and I sure the Holy Spirit put
it in my heart) as we laid my Daddy's poor old broken body
to rest in the Lewis family cemetary that he is not THERE!
He is absent...from his body...and he is present with the Lord!
What a comfort and joy to know! And incidentally, we buried
Daddy on my sisters birthday. We were worried about it
being a difficult day for her but she told us that she would look at
it like she and Daddy BOTH got to have a birthday...that
Daddy finally got to go to his new home. (Of course, his
actually went home on the 2nd) but to me, that could
only be said by someone who is experiencing the grace of
God in a special way. 

Well, all these thoughts may seem a little scattered. But, the Lord
has been so GOOD, He has met so many needs for my parents
as they faced these dark days of cancer...some day I may share
some of them with you. But for now....God's grace HAS been
sufficient...He has given us the grace to face one of (if not THE
HARDEST) thing that we've had to in our earthly lives...and
I am happy to say that the Lord has been there with us through it
all. Yes, we will sorrow...after all, he's our Daddy, and we will
miss him terribly...(it's hard to type with tears streaming down
your face)...Of course, we will miss him, BUT we don't have
to sorrow as those with no hope! we DO have hope! We will meet
him soon...together in the clouds. 

Now, my heart wants to pray "Oh Lord, come quickly" but there may be
some in my family who aren't ready to meet the Lord. Some who
maybe have never received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior...some
who~if they want a reunion in the clouds with Daddy~must finally admit
that they are sinners in need of a Savior! For these...I must pray fervently.
For I do believe...soon, we will meet the Lord!   

Monday, January 2, 2012

Heaven's Sounding Sweeter

Just wanted to take a moment to share. My precious Daddy left us this morning and went home to be with
the Lord. Our hearts are sad but HE is glad....because he is with his Savior. I do desire your prayers for our
family and especially my Mom. She has lovingly cared for him for the last two years as he fought his battle
with cancer. She is going to miss him so much.