Friday, January 11, 2008

Mother's passing


Dear Family and Friends,
I want to send a short note before I go lie down to rest to inform you that Mother fell Tues. eve and broke the femur in her left leg. After determining that the extensive treatment that it would require, plus having to go to Wichita to continue dialysis, she made the decision to end her dialysis, knowing full well that this would be her ticket to heaven.

Wed. morning she called me early requesting my immediate presence at the hosp. When I arrived I found her to be awake but a little disoriented from the morphine. However, she was adamant when she asked me if I had “talked to the mortician?” Telling her it was a little premature, she was quite adamant that he had been in to see her, and that he wanted to speak with me. I told her this was quite impossible, as the mortician was in Wellington KS. She then said “Well, isn’t the funeral going to be on Tues.?” At this I couldn’t control the chuckle as I explained to her that we really couldn’t have a funeral till she had died. She seemed to clear up, and was herself. Anita and I later learned that she had mistaken her Dr. for the mortician. Thinking no more of it we continued plans to move her back to her apt, and calling in hospice.

When my niece Casie Katzer arrived at the hosp, Grandma told her that “I will be done with this by day after tomorrow, but Andrea thinks it might be longer.” We moved her back to her apt at the manor with Hospice care, and she remained clear and able to converse with family and friends till late afternoon Wed.

She regained enough awareness on Thurs. afternoon to realize that my sister Amy had arrived safely from Michigan; however, as the evening wore on she became quite restless, so the nurse administered pain medication to relieve her discomfort, enabling her to relax. Once beginning to do that she declined rapidly and at 5:45 when the nurses came in to adjust her, they told us to come into the room, as she was slipping away. We girls and our cousin Donna Gibson circled the bed and began praying, ending by singing the doxology. When we finished singing, she had slipped the bonds of earth passing away at 6 a.m. this morning—the day after tomorrow from Wed. and yes, the funeral is Tues. We will all be able to be there and celebrate her home going.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

"DO-OVER"

Well it is the first of a new year. I went online to check my e-mail, and read my favorite blogs, and was inundated by adds for weight loss, articles of “starting over”, and on and on.
I am quite confident that there are people out there who are reading those, and profiting from them. My question is “What is it about a “new” year that is suppose to motivate us to do these things, when up till now the “old” year hasn’t?” What is it about “starting over “that appeals to people? Is life that bad that they want to start over? Are they that lethargic about their life, weight, appearance, relationships……. That they need a new start to motivate them to try to “get it right”?
Remember when we were kids and we would play games. If we made a mistake, we would call out “DO-OVER!!”, and get to start again. I think that a lot of people want a “do-over” on aspects of their lives; thus the push for change, renewal, and “starting over”.
After living for 52 years, being married for 31, caring for my 88 year old mother, I find that all of these articles and ads are missing the point. The ultimate “do-over” has already been done. After that everything else is sort of anticlimactic. Go ahead and try, you can’t top it.
God provided the ultimate “do-over” when he sent His son Jesus to die for us. God had been requiring sacrifice, and works to come into his presence, but with Jesus all that changed.
When Jesus came to earth, he provided us the ultimate opportunity to start over. Through his death on the cross he erased all our mistakes with his shed blood. He ascended into heaven and sits at Gods right hand interceding for us. All we have to do is ask him to forgive us of our sins, believe that he has done that and then confess his presence in our lives. It’s that simple; no sweat equity, no expense.
Where does the “new start” come into play? In Romans 6:4-5:
Well, then, we by our baptism were buried with Him in death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from among the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we also should live an entirely new life.
5For since we have become one with Him by sharing in His death, we shall also be one with Him by sharing in His resurrection. ASV

I’m telling you, it doesn’t get any better than this. Because this is the beginning of the beginning of everything else you want to change, alter, or transform about yourself. When you hook up with God, the change is eternal, and everlasting. It is also internal, yet reveals itself externally.

I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. 4He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” 5The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”
6Then he said, “It’s happened. I’m A to Z. I’m the Beginning, I’m the Conclusion. From Water-of-Life Well I give freely to the thirsty. 7Conquerors inherit all this. I’ll be God to them; they’ll be sons and daughters to me. The Message
Now THAT is a “DO-OVER”.