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Topic: Blue (10/08/09)
TITLE: The Last Song
By Robyn Terry
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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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