About a week or so ago, I received an e-mail from my Aunt Amelia that Aunt Sharon was in bad shape and was living with her (along with Aunt Sharon's husband---my Uncle Allen [who is also in bad shape]). Aunt Sharon went downhill fast. I started praying that God will either provide Aunt Sharon with a miraculous healing or to take Aunt Sharon home (to Heaven) soon and as pain-free as possible. God nnswered that prayer by taking Aunt Sharon home.
Even though it is sad for me to hear of Aunt Sharon's death, I am filled with hope knowing that one day soon I will see her again. No longer is Aunt Sharon in pain. She is happy. She is reunited with her mom and dad, and her other family members.
One day soon Jesus is going to rapture the church. And on that day, I will be reunited with Aunt Sharon and all my saved loved ones. Me, my wife and children and other family members will be able to worship at Jesus' throne forever. I am very encouraged by this scripture:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NLT)
I hope you are encouraged by these words, especially if you have had saved loved ones who have died.
I look forward to going to Heaven everyday! I love the song that Brad Paisley sings; "When I Get Where I'm Going". The chorus says this:
"Yeah when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I'll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah when I get where I'm going
Don't cry for me down here"
You can find these lyrics at: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bradpaisley/whenigetwhereimgoing.html
It's tempting to cry and to give in to sorrow over someone like my Aunt Sharon who has died. I bet, however, that now that she is in Heaven and is happy, she wouldn't want any of us to cry. She would want us to be happy for her....to celebrate even! She's in the presence of Jesus! And that's the best place to be!
Thank you, Aunt Sharon (along with Uncle Allen), for helping to raise me for those 8 years! Thank you for your love and for your good cooking and for providing me a home! I love you! I look forward to seeing you in Heaven again!
Let's all pray for my Uncle Allen (her husband), Aunt Amelia and Uncle Dutch (who helped take care of her) and the rest of her family members that God will grant them all and us grace, peace and love during this time.