Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Celebration

"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying.... for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4

This week I have said good bye to two women who have had a huge impact and influence on my life. On Tuesday evening, my dear Mother in Love took the hand of Jesus and left her earthly body to walk the streets of gold. She was one of the most giving and gracious ladies I have ever known. It has been a sorrowful tear filled few days, but we are in fact rejoicing in knowing that she is not in pain anymore and praising God that her faith has been made sight and that she is with her Savior.

Then on Thursday morning, my husband's aunt joined her sister in law as she too left us to reside with Jesus. And although we were not blood relatives, she stepped into my life at a time when I was grieving the sudden loss of my own mother. She has been a substitute mother, a grandmother to my children, a friend, a mentor, a beautiful example of how to love people wholly and unconditionally.

Few of us have the privilege of knowing one person in our lives who sets a course of integrity and honor and who fills you up with their unwavering love. I have been blessed to know and love two such women.

Absent from the body

Present with the Lord

5 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a difficult week for your family. please know you are in my thoughts and prayers....

Marydon said...

Jocelyn, may they rest peacefully at the feet of Jesus.

Prayers for you & your family at this time.
Have a beautiful weekend
TTFN ~
Hugs & love,
Marydon

heritagestitchery said...

Jocelyn dear ~ Bittersweet to lose
those you love, yet to have the assurance they are in the glorious
and loving presence of the Lord..
Who of us is quite certain what Heaven is really like, but I found
this book "My Dream of Heaven" originally
titled "Intra Muros" written at the
turn of the Nineteenth Century by
Rebecca Springer,now with a fore-
ward by Vicki Jamison Peterson. What a comforting vision of Heaven
it relates and a calming balm for
those who grieve...."Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes
in the morning." Psalm 30:5.
What a gift and legacy these lovely women have bestowed on you.
Mary

Vicki said...

Such a sweet post and beautiful tribute to these two wonderful ladies. I can see the love shining from their eyes and faces!! My mother, aunts, cousins, sister and ladies from the church where I grew up were always such awesome influences in my life. I will forever be grateful to them. Sending you lots of love today~Vicki

Marydon said...

Just checking in to make sure you are ok, Jocelyn.

Love & hugs coming your way ~
TTFN ~
Marydon