Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Grandma.

My grandma passed away last night. I had the privilege of being there for her last breath. Aaron was with me and it was nice to have him there to lighten the atmosphere during those long, last hours. It was hard on my grandpa and my sister and my mom, but having a fresh, smiling, sweet little baby who readily gives the brightest, sparkliest smiles helped a lot. It was sad to see her go, but I felt more joy than anything else, knowing that she was leaving her earthly body...full of scars, cancers, tubes and pain for her heavenly body...her youthful, perfect, sinless heavenly body. I rejoice in the fact that she is now with her 3 children and 1 great grand child that went before her. When she passed, tears filled my eyes...tears for the loss my grandpa was experiencing, losing his bride of 50+ years...tears for my mom, losing HER mom...tears for my sister to whom my grandma was like another mother...and tears for my dad, who saw his father go through this not long ago and lost his own mother a year later. But most of all tears of joy at the amazing fact that those of us who believe will all one day be sitting at the foot of the throne of the Almighty, in the arms of our Jesus--perfected. No death, no pain, no sorrow, no tears. How can you not be joyful? She put up a good fight, she lived a good life, she gave everything her all...and now she gets her reward. I'll miss you, Grandma, but I'll be seeing you soon!


EWB said...

I am glad you were able to be there Janelle, and appreciate your words.

The last thing I said to her was "I'll see you soon, Grandma."

We all will.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tribute to Grandma! Remember, Dad (her son-in-law) was there, also and was both sad to see her leave, but VERY happy that she is in the arms of JESUS!

~*~Janelle~*~ said...

Yes, true...Dad WAS there! When I wrote that I was not eloquent enough to include you, I didn't know what to write, but I know that it was hard on you as well--and joyful at the same time--especially knowing she was READY to "get on that train"!