Monday, May 21, 2012

On death and dying

Tonight was a holy night

We were called for days in heart to go to him. Tonight we did so. Our Uncle B. was dying. With family around the air was charged. He is in Hospice a non profit group that provides care for the dying.
Yet still I could hear him and he me for as I spoke he would respond. We sang some hymns and he responded although all but comatose. He was in that place between both realms. His shell no longer easy to response. Yet he could furrow his brow or raise a hand. He reached for me and for his daughter too when we rose.
With several of us there the love that filled that room was rich.
When at the 11th hour P.M., it was time for us to return homeward bound to tend our children. I said my gratitude of heart to him. Thanking him for the honor of the journey and telling him of the wonder and the gift of knowing an honorable man. Telling him not to be afraid or fear, kissing his cheek . Asking of him to remember Steve and I and the children when he is standing beside that thrown. I told him that I will see him on the other side.
For the only and first time of the evening...he whispered in front of three of his daughters.

"I love you.".
 They heard it and saw his mouth move.I was honored to experience a special gift. 
When his mother passed a special gift was also given me. It is a holy thing to touch the heart of the dying.
Our Dear Uncle B. is to the far right. 
Peaceful flight dear friend.
Image take in 2004 at our Indian wedding


Debra said...

So sorry for your loss... but happy he is with Jesus and beginning a whole new, amazing life. Praying for comfort as only God can give to your whole family.... Blessings, Debra

Tiffany @ Tea w Tiffany said...

May the God of all comfort comfort you during this time. So thankful for the words you and the family heard. Holy moments heal our hearts. Hugs from Colorado, Tiffany

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• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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