Friday, July 21, 2006

It's closer to my house

I once heard a pastor share that when a lifelong believer comes to the end of their time here on earth that the conversation might sound something like this.

Believer: Jesus, it is great to meet with you again today -- as we have most days of my life. It seems like we have walked a long way together...but I have enjoyed our time together even though I am a little tired.

Jesus: We have walked a long ways -- traveled many mountains and valleys...and you know what? I think we are closer to my house than we are to yours. Would you like to come to my house tonight?

I think that there was a very similar conversation between my mom and Jesus early Wednesday morning. I think she found herself closer to heaven than earth...and just decided it would be nicer to go there rather than stay here. I have imagined her walking through heaven almost with her mouth open saying, "WOW...I wish the girls were here to see THIS!" And we will be one day.

My sister and I miss her. But it was time...and she didn't suffer here long -- which we are both grateful for. I am now in Dallas...we will leave on Friday morning to go to Shawnee, Oklahoma which is where my mother will be buried -- beside her parents. We will have a graveside service there (my sister's uncle-in-law is coming to do the service). Royce will fly into Oklahoma City tomorrow after noon for the service on Saturday. We will all then drive back to Dallas for a memorial service here for her friends on Tuesday.

I am planning to stay the rest of the week here in Dallas to help clean out the house and get it ready for sale....and perhaps drive a U-haul back on Saturday and will be back by Sunday week at the latest.

Thank you all for your prayers and support...I have felt them and been strengthened by them.

I miss you and will enjoy catching up with you when I return.

Love to all


  1. can't wait till you come home and we can give you hugs irl. doris

  2. I still think of our little talk we had, hoping I have the same closure(when it is time). I am so happy you were able to have fun times with your Mom before she passed. See you when you get home. I will be thinking of you..I know clearing personal belongings can be very difficult.

  3. {{{HUGS}}} I will continue to pray for you. It will be good to see you when you come home.

  4. we cont to pray for you and your family!

  5. have the most eloquent way of saying the most profound things...what a gift! You are still in my prayers and looking forward to your return...wishing God's richest blessings on you...

  6. Jann - it was so good to see you the other night. A strange coincidence to say the least. I am praying for you and your family. I know tomorrow and the rest of the week will be hard. I have lost a parent and wouldn't wish it on anyone. I'll be glad when you are home where you belong and we can laugh again.

    Thank you for the medicine - it was a lifesaver! I seriously could not have made it through CHA without it. I love you!

  7. That was me (Tracie) above - sorry! I forgot I was signed in as Scrap It.


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