After a slow decline this past year and a broken hip right before Christmas, TJ's grandmother passed away in the early morning hours today. TJ's immediate family was all gathered there, by her side, and I think she could sense their presence. What a blessing for her to be released from her frail little body and her crippling mind. Now her thoughts are clear and she is not in any pain or discomfort. Margaret is probably very busy today, reuniting with loved ones, friends, and pets. We say a prayer of gratitude that she has been freed from her ailments. We pray that our thoughts will be turned to how alive and happy and young she must feel right now. Life is precious, and never guaranteed. We are thankful for each day we are given, even when those days are cloudy and filled with trials and frustrations and sadness. It's always hardest for the ones left behind, but if we could just see how joyous this day is for Margaret, we would be smiling, too. God bless those who are grieving today. Take comfort in the peace of our Savior and let His calm settle over you and lift your spirits today.
As TJ's family waited, the Chaplain read a particularly comforting verse on one of her several visits to Margaret. Of all the verses she read, TJ said this one stuck with him as he thought of where his grandmother will be going:
John 14: 2-3
"In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."