"... the doors of welcome are wide open;
right now He is ready to welcome you.
Today He is ready to save you."
2 corinthians 6:2
This morning we were holding her hand, singing, like we have been for most of the past couple of days. The chorus began:
"And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And riiiiise, I will rise"
Somewhere between those few lines He called her name. She rose up and took her first breaths of heaven's air, in a beautiful new body. I'm not sure how formal heaven's entry gates are, but I'm vividly imagining a welcome like the one in Luke 15. A jumping, leaping, running Father meeting His child on the road. Tears of joy! Bear hugs! Triumph! Together, at home, forever and ever and even more. We miss her. We'll always miss her here. But thank goodness even the missing will come to an end.
The memorial will be this Saturday in Gaithersburg. More details to come once arrangements are finalized. Thank you, beloved people. You have carried us through. We are desperate for more of those life-giving prayers.
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen!"