My cousin Amy is one of my dearest friends! She lives in St. Louis and I don't get to see her NEARLY enough! She understands me so well! She and I have so many similar interests! She and her husband Rob are two of the kindest, most compassionate and generous people I know.
Just a few months ago we found out that Rob's mother had cancer. It has been a very rapid and vicious form of cancer. Currently she is awaiting her Lord to come to take her to her heavenly home. On Monday evening they took off her i.v.'s. The doctors explained that this was the best thing for Jan. However, it has been so very difficult for Rob. Rob is an only child who has been raised by a loving single mother. His mom has been so supportive of him all his life. Rob is having such a difficult time dealing with the fact that his mother is soon no longer going to be with him here on earth. I can understand why. Although Jan is currently still on this earth, small pieces of her have been fading away. I pray daily that Rob will feel God's peace and be able to find comfort through this time of suffering and loss.
When my father passed away I was terrified to be with him when he died. I dreaded the day. When the phone call came that we needed to get to the nursing home, I was trembling. I did not want to step into the room. I did not know what to expect. I have to say, although it was one of the most difficult times in my life, it was also a time that provided enormous peace and understanding. I thank my God that He gave me such great peace through my father's death. My dad whispered the word "home" while he was departing with His Lord. I KNEW that the Lord had folded him to his breast, there within His arms to rest. It was amazing. I pray that Rob is able to see that peace, to know that his Mother, by angel hosts attended, will be folded to her Father's breast, there to peacefully rest with Him in heaven.
I ask that you join our family in praying for Jan, Rob, and Amy. Also keep Rich in your prayers as he prepares the Word of God that will be preached when Jan is finally called home.
Lord, let at last Thine angels come,
To Abr'ham's bosom bear me home
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaceful sleep
Until Thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me,
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O son of God, Thy glorious face,
My savior and my fount of grace.
Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer attend, my prayer attend,
And I will praise Thee without end.
LSB 708 "Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart" vs. 3