We sent Murmps a bouquet, knowing her time was fast approaching and saddened we couldn't be there to say goodbye, and I chose the brightest bunch of flowers I could find. No muted Fall colors for her! She was READY and happy to go, so we wanted to keep it as cheery as possible. Well, the bouquet didn't arrive in time, but it doesn't matter because she is seeing things so much more infinitely beautiful. I had to chuckle, though, that the name of the bouquet was "This is Your Day!" It was to be delivered the very day that she went to Heaven. It really was her day of days!!
|With Gracie Summer 2013|
|With Gracie, Isaac holding Seth, and me|
2 Timothy 4:7-8 New International Version (NIV)7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 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.
A song Murmps chose for her funeral and which the whole family sang at her bedside just a couple of nights before she died:
Because He Lives by Bill Gaither
God sent his son; they called him Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon;
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives
Because he lives I can face tomorrow.
Because he lives all fear is gone.
Because I know he holds the future;
And life is worth the living just because he lives
And then one day I'll cross the river;
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know he lives