“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,
and the time for my departure is near.
I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—
and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV)
She has lived a faithful life and honoured her beloved Saviour without any known blemish whatever. Now her loving extended family keep vigil with her as she waits for the angels to come to her bedside and escort her home to heaven.
As these heavenly messengers came to both the beggar Lazarus and the Lord Jesus when they came to their final hour, they come to all of the Lord’s children to minister grace, comfort, strength and joy. They take the child of God by the hand and lift them from their sorrow, and pain and lead them into everlasting glory.
An elderly Baptist pastor lay dying in St. Joseph’s Hospital in the early 1930’s when the Sisters of St. Joseph were running the facility. One morning a Sister came into the pastor’s room only to find him weeping and inconsolable. Mother Superior was summoned, and she gently talked to the elderly saint. “Pastor Brown,” she asked, “why are you so sad?” “Well I dreamed I was in heaven and when I woke up, I was still here!”
When we weep by the side of our dying loved one, we are really weeping for ourselves. The more we love the patient the more we want to release them into Jesus’ loving arms and know they are free from suffering, all tears being wiped from their eyes, and finally they are face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ. Their journey done and now forever to live in their Father’s house.