This death is also the first time I have experienced a close death as a Christian. While this may not seem like a big deal, I feel that my perspective and feelings toward it are much different. When we visited with my Great Grandma on December 26th, she commented to me that she had heard something for the first time. That was a lot coming from someone who had spent 96 years on the earth. She said that she finally believes that she will see the other family members in heaven when she passes including her brother who passed away when he was 2 years old and her husband of 72 years. As a result of my faith and beliefs, I confirmed with her that heaven is an amazing place that we can not even being to fathom. There is no sickness, pain, hurt and you will see your loved ones walking hand in hand with God forever. I have no idea what truly convinced her but when we left she seemed almost giddy that she will soon see God and all the people who she truly missed. She even mentioned our conversation to my Grandma (her daughter) and my mother as well. And as I sit here writing this I know deep in my heart that she is looking down and saying, "Chris, you were right...this is amazing!
God of mercy, look kindly on Your servant Nanny who has set down the burden of her years. As she served You faithfully through out her life, may You give her the fullness of Your peace and joy. We give thanks for the long life of Nanny, now caught up in Your eternal love. We make our prayer in the Name of Jesus, Who is our risen Lord now and forever. Amen.