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Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)
By Rachel Stone
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This was not the moment she had imagined bringing her first-born, Samuel, into the world. The midwife had done all that she could. Now all that remained was a bittersweet goodbye.
Only sixty-seven years later, Grandma Becca was saying her own goodbyes. The last bout with pneumonia had taken it’s toll and she found herself in the same room, surrounded by loved ones, struggling for each breath.
She had raised five children and loved many many more. She was admired by an entire community young and grown alike for always having a smile, a hug, a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie, or a band-aide on cue. Whatever the need required. A multitude of wounded souls and tear stained faces had found a home in the circle of her arms.
Grandma Becca’s eyes closed and her last moment on earth became her first in God’s presence. Jesus was there, as if he‘d been waiting. He was holding Samuel tenderly in his arms.
“We kept him for you,” Jesus said simply but with complete love and compassion. “He’s been warm and loved and patient as he waited for the day you would arrive to finish the task of raising him. You can watch him play and grow only here it will be without sorrow or sickness, pain or death.”
Jesus brought Samuel to her, placing him gently into her arms. It was exactly as she had imagined, the moment she had longed for years before.
She looked into Jesus’ eyes and saw the goodness of the Lord. He had always known in spite of the sorrow that this moment would come.
He had given her the strength to continue to live and love, but He would not allow that moment to be stolen from her forever, instead He brought Samuel to her Himself. And she would be there forever with them both.
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