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Topic: ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER (02/28/19)
TITLE: Heaven Is More Real
By William Pinder
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I had never felt so alone. My heart was devastated so badly that I wished I had died with her. After eighteen years of marriage, all my best memories involved her. Maria had died of brain cancer. Just as the disease had deteriorated her body, dealing with her loss had gradually eaten away parts of my heart.
She was not only my wife but my best friend. I had never met a stronger person in my life. She was a living example of a lady who displayed a genuine love for God, her family, friends, and even strangers. Every time I visited her in the hospital, she would greet me with a big smile on her face. Replaying that memory, that was unbelievable. She was lying in a hospital bed on the cancer ward receiving chemotherapy, and she was so happy to see me. That was a tangible expression of unselfish love that I will never forget.
At home with her one day when she was toward the end of her battle, she whispered the most powerful words I have ever heard. Extremely weak due to the debilitating effects of cancer, she said quietly, “You’re a good man.” Consumed by the daily drain of seeing her grow weaker, the impact didn’t register at that time. I’m sure I was partly numb as a way of surviving the constant stress.
On that isolated, beautiful spot in the country two years later, I looked up and saw the clouds floating in a bright blue sky. I said out loud with tear-filled eyes, “God, forgive me for being mad at You. I know that You are never to blame for my suffering due to death. You alone can take the sting out of grief and enable me to go forward in a new season of life. How much I want to see you face-to-face. Keep Maria company because I can’t wait to see her again too. Thank you for the time we had together. Thanks to her, heaven is more real. God, You blessed me with a very good woman.”
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