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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blue (10/08/09)

TITLE: The Last Song
By Robyn Terry


“Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see…bluebirds singing a song, nothing but blue birds all day long…”

This was the last song my grandmother heard the day she died and one of my biggest regrets. The tune was fresh in mind because I’d recently rehearsed it in vocal practice. When hospice called to say, “there’s been a change and you need to come”, I wasn’t prepared for her dying.

As I entered the room, grandma was intensely staring toward the ceiling as her chest heaved up and down with each rattling breath. I was alarmed and yelled into the hallway for the nurse. When she entered and we talked over grandma, her breathing slowed to a calm and shallow whistle. The nurse quietly said, “She knows you’re here. I’ll leave you alone because it will only be a few minutes.”

My mind raced through all the things to tell her…we love you, don’t be afraid, goodbye…I lay my head near her ear and all I could think of was the words to this song. Blue skies smiling at me- hardly seemed fitting for the moment.

I came to Christ two years after grandma’s death and have often replayed these last moments in my mind. How I wish I would have known about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. How I wish I could have shared His love and forgiveness with her. She was comforted in my presence at her side because she didn’t die alone. I only wish I would have told her where to find eternal comfort, rest, peace in the Good Shepherd who waits to walk beside her. The last song would have surely been a different one.

I often wonder what grandma really believed about Jesus. Regrettably, we never had a conversation about Him to know for certain. I find comfort now in the picture of Jesus she had in her home, her frequent mention of prayers, and the bible she kept near her favorite chair. I can only hope she knew Jesus as Lord and one day perhaps we’ll meet again in a blue sky when He returns to take us home.

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PamFord Davis 10/15/09
Very touching story. I would say keeping that Bible next to her favorite chair is a good thing to remember. It was there for a reason!
Malin Boman10/16/09
Vey touchy.
Missing my grandmother when I read it. She loved singing and went to church but never shared Jesus with me so in a way your story is touching as I don't know if she only went for 'tradition' or not either. We can but hope that we will see them again one day:)
harvestgal Ndaguba10/16/09
I love the way you told this story. Simple, easy to understand, yet touching and emotional. Even poetic in a way. Love the beginning quote. And it's easy for the reader to sympathize with the narrator.
Deborah Ann Belka10/16/09
I so can relate. But, over the years I have come to know that others came before me.

Your grandma's bible, pictures of Jesus . . . could have been given to her by someone else, or through her own efforts.

Whenever I am facing this situation, I can only believe that God was working while I was away.

I pray with you your grandma found her Lord and Savior before she passed on and that you don't carry the burden, for He is our burden carrier.

Marie Fink10/17/09
Hopefully the "blue skies" in your head at your grandmother's bedside at that time was to cheer your heart and know that she indeed was to be in heaven with Jesus where life would be cheerful and bright in the true sense. I don't know of any unsaved person in my family who would keep a Bible next to her favorite chair. My unsaved sister-in-law keeps a Bible for decoration on a shelf, but it always has a silver pair of spectacles on the top for picture effect. Everyone knows it is never picked up to read.
SherylAnn Heinicka10/21/09
Your words are very eloquent. I believe your Grandmother knew Jesus. Most non-believers would not hang a picture of Christ in their home. And, most "Sunday Church goers" would not keep a Bible by their favorite chair. I think that maturity is what gives us the ability to start important conversations with loved ones who are dying. I know I never would have been comfortable doing it when I was younger.

Please read the book "Glimpses of Heaven" by Trudy Harris, RN. She was a hospice nurse for 30 years in Florida. She has so many stories about folks at the end of their lives, and how God found a way to touch them and bring faith, even if they had not previously believed.

I pray that God will comfort your heart and give you peace about seeing your Grandmother in Heaven when it is your time to go.