Almost Home

Monday, July 23, 2012


I want to thank all of my blogging friends for your prayers and kind words during these difficult few weeks.  Though we are not yet through this valley, with God’s strength and your encouragement, I am able to face each day with renewed faith.  Thank you.  For those of you who are visitors and new friends through this blog, my dad is on his final journey right now.  The destination is a beautiful place where there is no more pain…and no more suffering.  When he arrives, his body will be whole and his heart at peace.  This place is full of amazing love and wonders beyond what our minds can dream of.  It is a place that Jesus has lovingly prepared for my dad…and for us.

“In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

I am happy that my dad is going to this incredible House and my heart rejoices, but I will miss him.  I will miss him more than I can even express.  But, I am taking comfort in the fact that our Savior loves him even more than I can imagine and is waiting for him with open arms.

This morning, as I write this, I am praising God for loving us so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that we may spend eternity with Him in paradise (John 3:16).  Though this is a sad time while I wait, I am also praising God that my dad is almost Home.

Trusting our Savior,




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36 comments

  1. Joan - we are so blessed to have the hope of Yeshua and heaven during times like you are experiencing.  I pray for your strength in the days ahead. 

    Blessings and shalom,

    Gail

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  2. this praying our parents home....so difficult.

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  3. Joan,

    I am praying God's comfort and grace to fill you today.

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  4. Praying for you and your family, Joan. {{{Hugs}}}

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  5. I've been thinking of you and your family and praying for you Joan.  It is wonderful that we can care for one another and pray even though we've not yet met in person.  

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  6. Bless you Joan - this is a difficult time for you and your family and yet you are thinking of others who visit this site.

    "May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace."  

    This is my prayer for you, your beloved dad and your family at this time.

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  7. Dear Joan, Praying for you, your Dad, and your family, for the peace of God that passes all understanding.
    Love in Him,
    Laurie


    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/
     

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  8. Praying for God to wrap you and your family in His comfort, grace, love, and peace.  I walked this final journey with my Mom almost a year ago.  There is tremendous pain and sorrow, but there is also peace when Jesus comes to carry your beloved one the final few steps.  

    Deb Weaver
    thewordweaver.com

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  9. Hi Joan - I am so sorry to hear you are going through this pain.  My Dad past away in January but sadly he was not a believer.  It is a great comfort knowing your Dad is going to be with His Father.  Praying for you.  Tracy

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  10. Prayers for you, your dad, your family. It is so good to know our loved one will be with our dear Lord, but oh, the getting there can be so rough sometimes. We are experiencing this same kind of thing, as my husband's sister is nearing home. God bless and keep you all.

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  11. Thank you for your kind words.  I pray that the journey for your sister-in-law is peaceful. Blessings, Joan

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  12. Hi Tracy!

    Yes, it is such a comfort to know that Dad will be with Jesus.  I pray that in the last moments of your dad's life he accepted Christ.  He may not have told anyone...he may have only made that decision in the last second, in his heart.  I pray that is so.  Blessings, Joan

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  13. I'm clinging to the knowledge that Jesus is there, guiding my dad along.  Thank you for your prayers.  Joan

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  14. Thank you, Laurie.  Your prayers and God's peace are so appreciated!

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  15. Thank you, Wendy.  The Hospice nurse just called and told me that my dad is very peaceful right now.  That is a true answer to prayer.  I'm going to go sit with him again, now.  Blessings to you.  Joan

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  16. Yes, Debbie.  The body of Christ is a huge encouragement as we travel difficult roads.  Thank you for your prayers!  Blessings, Joan

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  17. Thank you, Shaunie!  Blessings to you!  Joan

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  18. Sharon,

    I feel God's comfort today...thank you for praying!

    In Him, Joan

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  19. It is more difficult than I ever imagined.  Dad's road, especially the last year and then last 4 weeks, has been so hard.  I am thankful that soon he will be dancing again...with Jesus.  Blessings, Joan

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  20. Thank you, Gail.  God is always faithful!  I am so grateful for His love and for the compassion He is showering on my dad.  Blessings, Joan

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  21. Releasing a loved one especially a father or mother is difficult.  May God grant you peace as this transition takes place from one home to another!

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  22. You remain in my prayers, love you.

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  23. Joan,

    It's good to hear from you; you have been in my heart and prayers! Even though we have never met, you hold a special place in my heart and I certainly do plan to come out your way some time soon and hug you properly! :)

    Blessings and peace for you father, and for your amazing faith and commitment.
    Denise 

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  24. Hi Joan,
    My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.  
    Blessings,
    Lisa

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  25. These days are hard.  Some are taken in a moment's notice and pain follows intently afterward, and for some the pain is much as you walk him home.  May the Lord be near to you in your need today.

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  26. Thank you, Hazel.  Dad passed a few hours after I posted this.  Your prayers are so appreciated.

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  27. Thank you, Denise.  This has been a difficult road.  Dad passed a few hours after I wrote this post.  We are comforted knowing he is with our Savior now.

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  28. Thank you, Brenda.  Your kind words are so appreciated.

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  29. I am late in getting around to reading your post today, so I'm not sure if you are still waiting for your dad's move into his new destination or he has arrived yet. What a bitter-sweet time for you, Joan! Your heart aches to know you will miss your dad so much, but the sweet knowledge that he will be/or is in such a beautiful place is a sweet comfort. My prayers are with you, my friend in Christ!!!

    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

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  30. I am so sorry for what you are going through. It has been three years since my father passed and went to glory! after a long bout with cancer and I still miss him dearly. Many prayers are sent your way :) 

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  31. Hi Ann!  Yes, my dad is now in heaven.  He passed late on Monday  night.  It still doesn't seem real, you know?  Thank you for your kind words and prayers.  Blessings, Joan

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  32. Thank you, Kathleen.  It is never easy to lose a loved one, but we do take comfort knowing that he is home...  Blessings, Joan

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  33. I am so sorry for your loss Joan.  I am thankful he is whole and healed and you will see in Heaven!

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  34. May the God of all comfort pour out His love and peace during this time. I'm so sorry. Sending gentle hugs to you. 

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