I received a comment that touched me so very deeply. I responded to it here on the blog but also via email.
It is a love filled and heart wrenching message from Amy. Amy writes of the pending passing of her uncle. I ask all please for prayers for Amy, her uncle and entire family.
Amy’s message is so heartfelt I can feel her pain through her words. I ask for the prayers please, but also for everyone to take a moment to think of their own lives. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily events, the daily issues or problems that we can seemingly become overwhelmed. We loose sight of the big picture, of what really is important. If we think of this, suddenly our individual daily issues we are so wrapped up in, seem to become pretty trivial. Maybe we can get our priorities straight. Here is Amy’s comment:
I am sorry for what you and your family are going through and pray that God gives you the strength to face whatever troubles you have.
I came on here looking for words to help my Uncle. I found out exactly 2 weeks ago tomorrow that he only has a few weeks to live. He has liver cancer.
The day I found out, I cried, as he is the closest relative to be passing after my Grandparents. He is just a great Uncle and great person period.
He was just given the news he was dying on that day, so I had to see him and wondered what I could get that might be of some little help.
I stopped at a Walgreens because I know they have some inspirational books there.
I picked up a few, skimmed through the pages and came across a book called “God’s Promises” by Max Lucado. He is an excellent inspirational author.
Anyway, I’m going through the pages and came across one that said, “Saying Goodbye” It gave examples of people going off to war saying goodbye, people saying goodbye at airports and goodbyes before death. But on that page it asked Why does God give us Families if we just have to say goodbye? The answer –Because he knows that Eternity is so close that Goodbye really means I’ll see you tomorrow. I got goosebumps when I read that and that is what I picked up for him. It had a ribbon that I could mark that page for him too.
I left the store and was crying but knew I had to try to get some composure if I was going to stop up at the hospital to see my Uncle.
I got in the car and through tears, wrote these words to him.
Dear Uncle Edmund,
When I count life’s blessings I have always considered you one of them.
I know that God has held your hand in your Journey through Life. I hope he now holds your hand a little tighter and, if needed, carries you in his arms to Heaven.
PS If there are any lakes in Heaven I know where you’ll be.
(One of his greatest loves is fishing, so I had to throw that in)
I did fine up in the hospital and kept my composure. I did not give him the book until right before I left. My Aunt and him really liked it.
I talked to my cousin today and she said
he is going downhill fast. He has no control over going to the bathroom and he could at least do that 2 weeks ago.
She said she is having a hard time saying goodbye, and that she knows she will regret it later if she doesn’t. I told her she didn’t have to use the word goodbye. She could
just tell him she loves him and will someday see him in Heaven. It somehow doesn’t seem as harsh and it is true, God willing.
I am going to bookmark this site and again I will pray for you and your family. God works in mysterious ways, just look at what you are able to do with this website and how many lives you are touching.
God’s blessings to you,
Follow up to my post, I just received an email from Amy, her uncle has passed. Prayers for all please