May Angels Lead You In

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I am sitting here, my heart aching for a sweet friend. Scratch that, she isn’t just a friend, best friend…she is more like a sister to me. We can go days to weeks without talking to each other, but we can pick up right where we left off. When something happens in our lives, we are right there, helping each other. Whether it is with visits, phone calls, texts messages, or Facebook messages. We are there for each other. We have almost known each other for ten years and over those ten years, we have bonded, we are together through life. With it’s ups and downs, we are always by each others side.

Tonight, hearing the words, “He is ready to go to Heaven.” That is never easy to hear. I remember hearing that from Great Grandma for a year. I brushed it off because I wasn’t ready for her to leave. That was me being selfish; she was ready to go. She was in pain; she was ready. Tonight, my sweet friend heard those words come from her father. I know how I felt, I can only imagine how she is feeling. To know your Dad is ready. He is ready to leave, when you aren’t ready to let go. You feel like you haven’t gotten enough time, that he hasn’t gotten enough time with your kids. Everything goes through your mind, your heart. You hurt. You get mad. You get sad. And the tears start falling, I get it. I am there with her. It is hard. Hard, it is more than that. It rips your heart out because this is your dad. He shouldn’t be leaving you like this, not like this. Not this early. But…

But, there is a but. A big one. There is something in hearing, “I am ready to go to Heaven.” He is declaring he knows where is going. He knows that when God is ready for him, he knows that God made a place for him. It is powerful to know where he is going, you know that he is ready for God. That he is ready to go home. He will be with loved ones. It will be hard because here on earth it is hard to move on, but know that it is a celebration up in Heaven. They are rejoicing for him coming home. He will be in the presence of Jesus. He will be with our God. He will be watching you, and he will be waiting for you to come home to heaven. There will be no more pain, no more sad tears where he is.

Revelation 21:4  “ ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Psalm 73:26  “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

There is something comforting in knowing that one day we will be reunited with our loved ones; ones that have accepted Jesus. That they will greet us on the other side. As much as we miss them, they miss us. They watch over us. This life, we have so many trials to go through, so much pain. Sometimes it is hard to bounce back from it. When someone you loves goes to Heaven- there is something we know, we know they are safe. We know where they are, it is reassuring for us to move forward. Our hearts will ache, it never goes away, some days it is stronger than others. I wish I had the words to help ease it. I wish there was something that could help.

For me, it was these Bible verses that stuck with me. That reminded me of God’s promises for us. Prayer was another one. I would pray and say the Bible verses aloud. I was declaring it with my heart and with my voice; two powerful sources if you ask me.

Music was also a big one. Threaten me with Heaven by Vince Gill. That one, makes my heart feel so much, it makes me proud to know that staying firm in what we believe and knowing that we need to remember this. No matter what I hear in life or what it looks like when it gets close to my time, all you can do is threaten me with Heaven, I know where I am going, so bring it. Bring it on! I know that through music, God can heal the heart. It makes you feel so much and sometimes it says it better than you can say with your own mouth. A couple others that just stuck with me or when I am having one of those days, I have to put them on. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line. Coming Home by Elsie Lieberth. When I get where I am going by Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton. See you again by Carrie Underwood and Temporary Home by Carrie Underwood.

By the way, yes I am a country girl! I feel that country speaks volumes, plus it might have something to do with my Iowa raised background.

I want to tell you it gets easier. We all go through this differently, not all of us the same. However, if you stick back to God’s Word, you will remember his promises. We are not alone during this, reach out.

Psalm 34:18  “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Matthew 11:28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 5:4  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4  “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 any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Isaiah 41:10  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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