“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)
I checked my e-mail the other day only to find several reminders for upcoming holidays with an option to send greeting cards to celebrate. Labor Day was the first notification to be deleted followed by Patriot Day. The last notice was for Grandparents’ Day. I instantly remembered when I set the reminder way back in 2006 so that I would be sure to contact my grandmothers. I clicked on the subject line only to find that this year the holiday fell on my 26th birthday- September 11th! Normally, I would probably be ecstatic but instead my heart grew heavy because both of my grandmothers passed away a few years ago.
“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8 NIV)
I had been to a multitude of funerals in my life but I had never experienced the loss of someone that I LOVED dearly until one week after I graduated from college. As I drove home for the Christmas break I never thought that I would be celebrating Jesus’ birth the same week I buried my maternal grandmother. She had been sick for quite sometime, being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis ten years prior. She battled with the disabling disease until lung cancer took her final breath in 2007.
Even though my paternal grandmother was in great health before she passed, I tried to spend as much time with her because I had witnessed God take someone special away before I was ready to let them go. However, no one could have guessed that a small fall in the kitchen would cause her to miss her annual trip down south that she was in the midst of packing for. We definitely did not think that the Lord would be ready to call her home at the first sign of a blood clot as a result of her stumble. But in May of 2008, God took her away without letting anyone say goodbye first.
“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me again.” (Psalms 71:20-21 NIV)
Ladies, at that point I was hurt beyond belief. God had taken away two people that I loved dearly without any notice. I had watched my ailing Grandma cheat death on many occasions. We would pray hysterically until the enemy would release his grip but this time there was nothing we could do…God had His hand out waiting for her to grab a hold. As for my Granny, I never saw it coming. I felt like someone had stabbed me in my back because I was still recovering from my first loss only to loose again. But who am I to question God’s work? I did not understand then but what seemed like chaos to me was an opportunity for us to grow closer.
As much as I hated to experience that pain, God was ready for them to spend eternity with Him. He gave me twenty-two magnificent years with them and in that time I had created and stored life-long memories to help me when times got rough…and trust me, it does get rough!!! Sometimes I reminisce and can’t stop smiling and others I can’t stop crying. Regardless of the emotion, when it’s over I feel God’s love surrounding me even more.
Please forgive me for those ill feelings I expressed when I lost my loved one. Thank You for restoring me when the enemy tries to make me feel that I have lost apart of myself because they died. Please continue to comfort me in my time of sorrow for I know that my strength comes from You. Allow me to focus on the wonderful memories rather than the pain from their absence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to allow God’s love to mend your broken hearts. Your loved ones are absent from this world of sin but are spending eternity with a world class Master! Be Blessed Ladies! 🙂
This is dedicated to my two personal angels in the sky: Johnnie Elizabeth Horne and Margie Sampson — Happy Grandparents Day!
Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17