7/12/2017

Storm by Day, Peace by Night



The storm is changed into a calm
At His command and will;
So that the waves, which raged before,
Now quiet are and still.

Then are they glad, because at rest
And quiet now they be:
So to the haven He them brings,
Which they desired to see.

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At midnight, last Saturday night, just as we were entering the Lord's Day, my Mum entered her everlasting Day of Rest. By the time our precious Lord's Day began, she was in the presence of our beloved Saviour.

I will write more later, but I quote these verses of Psalm 1O7 because they spoke to me so strongly as I left Bethesda Hospice at one in the morning. The weather all day Saturday had been wet and wild. It was more like a day in February than a day in July, and the wind and rain battered the windows in Mum's hospice room all day. I am not aware of when the weather changed, but when the Builder and I walked out of Bethesda in the small hours of the night, the peace and calm and beautiful moonshine struck me. All was quiet.

There was peace and beauty outside. There was unimaginable peace and beauty for Mum in her new Home. 

The weather itself seemed to reflect the circumstances of Mum's day and night.




16 comments:

  1. Oh my dear friend. I am so sorry. I had no idea. Praying for the Lord Jesus to wrap His loving arms around you and your family during this time. I'm so thankful for heaven. And even through the parting hurts unimaginably, the knowledge that she is in heaven and that you will see her again is the very definition of blessed assurance. I am praying for you dear Ann. I am so very, very sorry for you. Sending love and a hug.

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    1. Thank you, R. Please also remember my dear dad, who is absolutely bereft. xx

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  2. I'm so very sad to learn of your loss and the sorrow you must be feeling. Your description of the weather and comparing it to this experience is beautiful. May you have peaceful blessings with warm memories alive in your hearts.

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    1. Thank you so much, Teri, for your lovely comment, Anne x

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  3. Loss is so hard. Praying for you and your family.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss, but know that your mom home and you and your family can have peace in knowing that.

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    1. Yes, Catie, there's no doubt that knowing that is a huge comfort x

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  5. So sorry to hear of your mom's passing, but I am sure she is rejoicing with the angels now. Be Still and know that I am God was what came to mind as I read your sweet and humbling words.

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    1. Carol, these were the words that spoke so strongly to my sister when Mum was first diagnosed back in January. She has had these words as her constant companion since then. Tha k you so much for your comment, Anne x

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  6. My heart breaks for you and all your family. You all, especially your dad, have to learn a new way of life. God is near and I will continue to pray for you all.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. My Darking Dad is just breaking my heart :'(

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  7. Anne, I'm praying for you and your family...Psalm 16:11 has always been a comfort to me when faced with the death of a fellow believer: "In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Linn from WA state

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    1. Beautiful, beautiful words, Linn. Thank you x

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  8. Anne, my heart is aching for you and for all those who knew and loved your mother. What a huge loss it is when we lose the ones who gave us life!

    Thank you so much for the heaven-minded focus that you share here; truly, that is the source of all comfort. I think the memory of the weather change will always stick with you when you remember the night your mother passed on--what a vivid image of the transition from this world to heaven!

    Sending love and prayers from Virginia...

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    1. The change was so sudden (to me, anyway), and so dramatic, but was especially such a perfect picture of both daytime troubles, and night time rest (for Mum). God was so gracious to give me His Word in that moment. It's still so vivid in my mind x

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