Till We Meet Again… At Jesus’ Feet!

I met Linda at church about thirteen years ago. Her deep love for God showed in both her words and her actions. The Holy Spirit gave Linda some amazing spiritual gifts and through these gifts she glorified her Lord with many works of love. I was drawn to Linda not only as my mentor, but also as my dear sister in Christ. Over the years she was there for me during times of trial as well as times of joy. Last May when she called to tell me she had terminal cancer, I knew I was going to miss her terribly. But both of us knew our parting would only be for a short time.

Throughout Linda’s illness her husband Rennie took wonderful care of her, showing his great faith and courage. Linda found out she had cancer the first week in May. From that time until she died, Rennie sent a weekly email giving a daily synopsis of Linda’s week. I’m so thankful that he kept all of us who loved her up to date with what she was going through.

Linda left this earth to be with the Lord on August 19th. As much as I miss her already, I can’t even begin to fathom how Rennie feels. Rennie and Linda were not only husband and wife, they were also best friends. They were married “till death do us part” (Matthew 22:27-30) but through faith in Christ, they will be together for eternity. I remember how surprised I was to discover that Christians believe they will spend eternity with loved ones who also have faith in Christ.

Three days before Linda died Rennie knew his time with her on this earth was coming to an end. In his weekly email update he included this little poem he had written, describing the emotions he was going through:

At times it is as if a heavy stone were sitting upon my chest.
At times I am as liberated as an eagle in flight.
I move from the darkest depths of an abyss to standing on a mountain top in the span of a heartbeat.
I am at once surrounded with warmth and love and alone in the universe.
We stand together at the threshold of forever knowing only one may cross it, for now.
For one, time will stop and it will be as an instant when the other joins.
There is only time, and there is time only for us.
Only the Lord knows when, and it will be the time that is best.

I could barely read his words to my husband Keith because I was crying so hard. Both of us were teary-eyed for quite a while, knowing how hard life would be for Rennie without Linda at his side. But we are also thankful that he has placed his trust in God’s will. We pray that he will find comfort in God’s amazing love and promises.

At church a few Sundays ago, we sang “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”. I had always thought this was a Mormon hymn, but years ago when we first sang it at my church, I did some research on it. I learned that it was written as a Christian good-bye in the 1880’s and was first sung in a First Congregational Church in Washington.

I love these words from the song, because I can’t wait:

Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet.

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3 Comments

  1. catzgalore said,

    October 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    such a comfort, and tear jerker for me with my nephew diagnosed with carcinoma and given about 4 months to live. God can indeed work miracles– but I like what my dad said… that Aaron is healed already, no matter what his body does. Aaron is a strong believer, stronger, I think, because of the cancer… and has been able to minister to others, and lots of time for prayer! I will share the poem with his mom, who is confident of his healing…

  2. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    October 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Catz,

    May God’s peace be with you and your family during this time of grief. I was doing a word Bible study today and was drawn to Ecclesiastes 3. It made me think of what you and your family are going through:

    “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”

    If God decides that your Nephews time on earth is over, then now is a time that you will weep and mourn. But soon, you will laugh and dance in heaven, not only with your Nephew, but also with Jesus! I can’t wait!

  3. catzgalore said,

    October 21, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I weep and mourn mainly for what he is going through now. He is in much physical pain and discomfort, the healing process medically speaking is quite tough.
    I liked what my father said. He is already healed, no matter what his body decides to do… Praise the Lord for that fact!!


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