Monday, March 14, 2011

In Peace

Yesterday and today were the days I thought I'd be storming the Manor House with prayer.  I wasn't sure what I was going to say so I found passages in the Bible, found suggested prayers for the dying.  I printed them out, I was ready to help ease his mind of any fear, tell him all about the love Jesus has for him, sit with him and be whatever comfort I could.   
After a doctor visit on Thursday that only delivered news of sadness, followed by a Friday afternoon visit with a hospice counselor, I think my Grandpa surrendered his weary body for the life everlasting.  My Dad, who was not just a son to Grandpa but a genuine friend, sat with him Friday evening and then shortly after Dad left, he breathed his last in this world and took his first in the next.

While I am sad that I wasn't able to see Grandpa "Snaz" yesterday and today, I am also happy that he is no longer suffering.  I could only have told him all about the love and forgiveness of our Saviour, now he'll know it first hand.  Through it all, I find gratitude all around and while I was sure my purpose was to sit with Grandpa and offer an abundance of prayer one last time, I am humbled reminded of God's timing.

We will miss our Father, Grandfather & Great-Grandfather  who was full of life, loving, caring, joyful, selfless, charismatic, spunky, and patient, among many other wonderful attributes.  Through the many tears we will also be happy for his new life.  A life where he can continue on without all the pains and burdens of our world.  We will look forward to seeing Grandpa and Grandma again one day.

Thank you all for your prayers and support to me and my family.  If you pray for the departed I would be very grateful for your continued prayers.

In the Peace of Christ and His Blessed Mother,


12 Sweet Comments:

Colleen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and will continue praying for his soul. What a great picture!

Jenny said...

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul & all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Laura said...

I'm so sorry hun! Keeping the whole family in my prayers this week. Let me know if we can do anything.

Holly said...

So sorry Tina. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. You have shared wonderful things about him over the last few months, what great memories. Holly

Tress said...

I am so sorry Tina, I am praying for the comfort and peace of God to be with you! Tress

Kim Hawkins said...

You've been so gracious in sharing these final earthly days of your Grandpa "Snaz" with us Tina. You exemplify Christ in your willingness to acknowledge God, Our Heavenly Father's timing. Christ prayed, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."

From across the miles, I offer up prayers for you and yours. If there is anything else you need me to do, please let me know.

In Christian Love ~ Kim

Kris Edlund said...

Tina - I am so sorry for your loss! May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories and knowing that he is with our heavenly father now and free from all earthly burdens. May our Lord Jesus wrap you and your family in his loving arms as you grieve. God's peace and grace to you all! Love ~ Kris Edlund

Kate said...

Tina, I am so so sad to read this today. I'm sorry for your loss.
Know that I will be keeping your family in my prayers in the days ahead.

Randi Troxell said...

i am so sorry, and so sorry i've been away and didn't know this....

my prayers are with you and yours...

and by the way- you blog looks awesome...

CM said...

So sorry for the loss of your grandpa. Glad you have such wonderful memories of him and that he was a believer. You can have peace knowing he's walking on streets of gold. {{hugs}}

The dB family said...

Oh, my friend! I'm just catching up here today. So sorry to read that your sweet grandpa has passed on. Know that I will be lifting you and your loved ones up in prayer during this time of loss.


Mike and Katie said...

Hugs to you! I remember being relieved at first when my grandpa passed away because he had been struggling and hurting, but the when the reality of him being gone, it was really hard. He brought us together even when he had difficulty participating in the family gatherings. We gathered around him. I was afraid that would change when he was gone. I hope you get to spent lots of time remembering him over the next days, weeks and years.



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