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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Soul (07/13/06)

TITLE: A Blissful Awaken
By Anne Harrell


A Blissful Awaken

Just close to a year ago my father-in-law passed away. He had been sick for a couple months before he died. I had watched him several times cry out in pain. He was scared of anything medically that could bring discomfort to his body. Yet when we talked to him about possibly dying Dad was not afraid. He was ready to go when his time came.

When his oldest son talked to him just before his surgery, he had told Billy that he hoped he had more time here on earth with his family but if God was ready for him he was ready to go meet his Creator. He actually looked forward to being with the Lord.

Dadís faith in God was a strong one. He had served as a deacon in a church. Dadís merits of entering Heaven when he died was not based on what he did here as to going to Church or helping his neighbor out. It was based on his faith in trust in the Lord. He has said many times that he could not enter Heaven on his on merits but he was entering on the precious blood of our sweet Savior.

He knew that what ever happen to his body here on earth would pass away but his soul would live for ever in Heaven with the Lord. He knew that the cancer would eat his body up but; there was going to come a day that his soul would vacate his warned out body. We knew that his time was coming to go be with the Lord when his body was just not responding to the medical treatments. There were signs that he knew just as well that his departure was right a round the corner.

Dad would be looking up at the bright lights above his bed pointing and talking to what ever was there. We can only guess what he might have seen. We just knew that it wasnít from this world that it was from above, speaking of Heavenly things. We at times think he might have saw angels around him when he would tell us to go get that person that we didnít see but he sure saw them.

I had the pleasure of telling him that he was going home to be with the Lord the day that he was dying. I had cried all the way through telling him that before that day was over he would be home with the Lord. I was glad that he was going to be with the Lord yet sad that he would no longer be with us. I was very close to him yet, it caused a lot of pain to see him go but I knew that when he died he would not suffer any more.

When I had told Dad it was ok with us that he parted form here to join the Lord; Dadís heart rate and blood pressure fell instantly. I had to remind him that Mom wasnít there yet and he needed to wait for a little longer until she got there to go.

Dad lasted about two hours before he passed quietly with his wife and all his children at his side. I had promised Dad that I would walk with him to the parted curtain. I wished that I could have gone on the other side but I know that my day will come soon enough to go there. I knew when we had gotten to that curtain when he squeezed my hand tight and then let go and he was gone.

I have to say that I left the hospital happy that I had seen a soul enter into Heaven but sad that we will not have Dadís presents in our life for a while. To watch a soul go to Heaven is just an awesome feeling that I canít explain but I know that God had taken a good man from us that day.

The only thing I can say that comes close to the neatness of it is 1 Cor. 2:9-10 (ESV).
ďBut, as it is written, ďWhat no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"ó
These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.Ē

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Jan Ackerson 07/20/06
What a blessing you've described! And you've blessed us by sharing it. A few minor things you might want to change: the title would be more correct as "A Blissful Awakening", and in one paragraph you used the same phrase "be (home) with the Lord" three times in three sentences.

You put your readers right in the room, and did a great job of conveying to us the grace that you received that day.
Mishael Witty07/22/06
I noticed several grammatical errors. One of the main ones was the use of "presents" (as in gifts) when you meant presence (as in your father's being on earth with you). Still, none of these detracted from the power of your story. What an awesome blessing to know that your father is home now, and one day you will be with him again. Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory with us.