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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Enter (02/27/06)

TITLE: Kathryn's Conversation with God
By Mary Lang


(In memory of a most gracious woman. This is only my interpretation of my mother-in-law’s final days on earth.)


“They removed the respirator today. I know what day it is. Today is the anniversary of my husband’s death. It would be a celebrated reunion, but I am not ready for they told me my son is coming to say good-bye. ”

“Precious Kathryn, we are waiting for you. The gates are open. Inside are your husband, your parents, your sisters and brothers. Why do you hesitate to enter?”

“Forgive me, Lord. Please let me wait for my son. Death was too hard when he couldn’t tell his father good-by. WAIT WITH ME, Merciful Father, don’t leave me. - He’ll be here on the third day.”

“Your love is stronger than that of most. It transcends time. I know the value of a son, Kathryn. I also know your heart. As I waited three days for my son, I’ll wait with you during your last earthly sacrifice.”


“They are giving me more morphine. Most Gracious God, thank you for waiting with me. My beloved daughter waits too. My precious girl keeps vigil. I sense the heaviness of her heart, but my son will be here soon to share her burden. We will be a family, I can hardly wait.”

“You are not alone, my faithful one.”

“My heart hurts, each slow beat is agony. It would be so easy to let go, but my boy will be here tomorrow. I feel your presence holding me, Lord. Thank you for just one more day.”

“It is your motherly love that holds death at bay.”


“God, is he here yet? Oh the joy of seeing you, my Lord beckons me. But these few earthly hours are nothing compared to eternal happiness with you. Thank you for this earthly gift of one more day, Benevolent Father.”

“Kathryn, my child, even near death you’re concerned for others. Wake now. Your son is here.”

“My son? I hear your voice, still deep and rich. My heart leaps and flutters. Joy lights my eyes, but I cannot see you, my son. It’s been so long since you were with me. What’s that you said? I know…it’s okay for me to be with dad. You’ll stay with your sister for awhile? She has been so strong and she has been with me. We waited for you. . .

“I feel your kiss on my cheek. I hear your whispers – I love you, too! My son! How I love to say those words. What a gift you are. Soon it’ll be time, but I’ll rest a moment now and enjoy your presence.”


“Kathryn, you have heeded my call and carried out your earthly purpose with strength, dignity and elegance befitting royalty. Now, my noble servant it is time to come home.”

“My Lord and My God! Thank you for these final days with my children. Good bye my beloved ones – you made my life grand! Glorious Father, I hear your magnificent voice. Humbly, I am ready.”

“Welcome, my precious, Kathryn. Enter into my kingdom.”


Kathryn Lang died on February 5, 2006, with both her children at her side. This godly woman kept death at bay three days with no external life support until her son, my husband, could be at her side to tell her good-by. That is the strength of love.

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Julia May03/06/06
This was very touching and hit close to home. My grandmother did the same thing, waiting on her boy to arrive, then she just went to sleep. Thanks.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/07/06
It was a bit confusing at the beginning as I thought the daughter-in-law was writing her interpretation of each day; then having (3)three days mentioned before the Son would arrive, I thought it Was Christ; then it finally began to make sense...and it was a lovely story.
Lynda Schultz 03/09/06
I imagine that lots of people can relate to what you have written so well. I am convinced that my own mother hung on until I arrived - more accurately I suppose, God gave her the strength and allowed me the privilege to get there before the end. Well done.
Maxx .03/11/06
Oh so touching. What a great telling. Touched emotions deep inside. You've done good!