Thursday, May 15, 2008

Blog Reader

Over the past twenty-two months, we have been encouraged by the comments left on the blog by all our readers. The days we've been at home or the hospital were bearable because we didn't ever feel alone. The visits from you, our readers, brightened our days and when we heard from you, we would get excited as though you were there with us for a visit.

One of our blog readers lived across the ocean and when she was last in America she told us that she would love to come and have another cup of afternoon tea with Kathryn and me upon her return to the states. Her daughter and husband, Lizi and David, are members of our church and that is how we first met Val. Our Pastor lovingly referred to her as the true Queen Mum.

A couple of days ago Val fell. The result of the fall left her in poor condition and David and Lizi immediately left for England. However, en route to England, they got the news that Val had quietly left this earth, and had graduated to her home in Heaven. It all happened so fast. Kathryn and I needed a good cry when we got the news this afternoon because we had made our plans for our next tea party with Val, and grieved over a dream that would not come to pass.

Val had spent most of her life without the understanding of God's redemption. She didn't know life could be filled with peace until a few years ago when she at last understood the Gospel message and believed that Jesus Christ came, lived, died, and rose again, to bring her troubled soul out of darkness into the light of life. Because of her salvation she sparkled when she spoke. She was excited about everything and her enthusiasm spilled over unto others and we'd find ourselves smiling as she expressed herself. While we cried today for our loss, and for Lizi and David, we are thrilled to think that Val finished her race and has been rewarded for her faith today. The scriptures say that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:6). Val saw our Savior today. She is free from suffering for all eternity. We'll miss Val, but we also know that we will see her again. Our tea party won't be here at the house, but will be moved to a new location.

David and Lizi, I hope you will be able to read this post soon. It is the middle of the night there in England, but many of us here in the states are praying for you. We wish we could be there with you to uphold you and meet your needs. We are happy for you that you are certain of the location of your mother's new home. She is safe in the arms of her Blessed Redeemer.