“Weeping may last for the night, but JOY comes in the morning.” ~Psalm 30:5~
As my mother enters hospice care today, I can’t help but think of my best friend Nancy, who entered Heaven this same day—February 4—in 2010. I wrote this post last year in memory of her. I share these words with a prayer for all who tremble on the brink of eternity.
When your best friend has breast cancer . . . you guard the privilege of driving her to doctor’s appointments, keeping her company at home, and sitting by her side in waiting rooms. Those precious days leave you changed.
You grieve as her body wastes away. But you also rejoice as her spirit grows stronger. Right before your eyes, she lives out the truth of II Corinthians 4:16 & 18, “Though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day . . . while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
You envy her ability to focus on eternity. When it becomes clear healing is not to be, she draws a Bible on a piece of paper, taps it with her pen, and whispers, “This is still true!”
You marvel at this unfailing encourager-in-action. When you visit her hours after an operation, she sends you to another patient. “Don’t worry about me. You should visit the woman in the next bed. She really needs you.”
You learn that even chemo treatments cannot stifle fashion. You help her apply eyebrows, wrap scarves, and find stretchy pants that don’t look old lady-ish. You buy the most luxurious prints you can find to brighten each outfit.
You discover that God prepares His children for whatever they must face. “I’m almost finished with this suffering,” she comforts you. “Two more days. Two more days, and I’ll be Home.”
She speaks with the certainty of one held close to God’s heart.
But, still, you are amazed when she is right.
Choose JOY today, friends! Blessings!
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