So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
|In every season of life, God is our refuge.|
|My grandparents' home.|
|My Mom with her youngest great grandson, Isaac.|
And one last word of comfort: the melody of one of my favorite songs, Cello Song by the Piano guys, builds and builds and then pauses…and then the melody begins again. While listening to this beautiful piece one day, the thought came that the song of my mother's life, of His life in her, of her life through eternity with the Lord, and of our relationship with one another, will continue. The pause in the music represents for me her passage through death, but the melody resumes! Just as I can hear that song in my head right now although the music is not playing, I will still be able to hear the song of my mother’s love for me and mine for her even when her heart is no longer beating.I had a mind picture the other day of, well, dying. Passing through that tunnel…the Valley of the Shadow…was not frightening because I was moving at great velocity toward the light at the end, toward a goal; not under my own power, I was being propelled, or drawn... I didn’t have time or the inclination to feel claustrophobic. Two things struck me: one, this isn’t frightening, just sort of interesting. And, two, it is a great distance…great in distance, but not in time. It doesn’t take very long to traverse the Valley of the Shadow. “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me…” (Psalm 23). It is a safe journey.