I’m soaked in tears this morning. There’s so much I want to share with you through the computer screen, and I don’t have enough words to express everything that I am feeling. A year ago I spoke the words “What better gift could I give someone than to be with them in their final days.” Little did I know how precisely the Lord listens to my ever word and would allow my deepest desire to come true.
What prompted this longing to spend time with others in their last days was because I had the opportunity to be by my mother-in-law’s bedside ten years ago as she transitioned into eternity. I sat holding her hand, singing “Jesus Loves Me” and reading Psalm 23 in her last days, and I can honestly say it was the most beautiful sacred experience of my life. She was in a hospice house, and the workers there were like real angels here on earth.
Last year, as I reflected on my experience with my dear mother-in-law, I knew it was time to give back to others walking through their last days, but I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. After a little time visiting hospice and researching how I could make a difference, I got distracted with life and didn’t do anything with it. However, God was not going to let me forget the deep yearning within my heart.
At the end of last year, God brought not one but two beautiful people in my life that were dying from cancer. I had several months with them. We had conversations about God, heaven, cancer, life, love … and when we talked it was if we had known each other our entire lives.
Last night I held the hand of my second angel as she begins to transition into eternity. It’s hard to articulate this amazing surreal interaction. All I know is that it touched a place in my soul that I did not know existed. The unbelievable chance to connect heart to heart – soul to soul – in someone’s final days on earth is the greatest gift of my entire life. There is nothing more fulfilling. For some people it might sound a bit strange that this is beyond gratifying …. but what I know in the depths of my soul is that we have nothing to fear and eternity is the best transition that WILL EVER happen for us.
My new lifelong prayer is that everyone has the opportunity to experience Jesus in such a profound way here on earth that they will be overjoyed to go home … to heaven. Today I can honestly say my life feels complete. Each day feels like a bonus. I am living in the overflow of God’s amazing grace.
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