Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Celebration

"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying.... for the former things are passed away."  Revelation 21:4

This week I have said good bye to two women who have had a huge impact and influence on my life.  On Tuesday evening, my dear Mother in Love took the hand of Jesus and left her earthly body to walk the streets of gold.  She was one of the most giving and gracious ladies I have ever known.  It has been a sorrowful tear filled few days, but we are in fact rejoicing in knowing that she is not in pain anymore and praising God that her faith has been made sight and that she is with her Savior.


Then on Thursday morning, my husband's aunt joined her sister in law as she too left us to reside with Jesus.  And although we were not blood relatives, she stepped into my life at a time when I was grieving the sudden loss of my own mother.  She has been a substitute mother, a grandmother to my children, a friend, a mentor, a beautiful example of how to love people wholly and unconditionally. 

Few of us have the privilege of knowing one person in our lives who sets a course of integrity and honor and who fills you up with their unwavering love.  I have been blessed to know and love two such women.

Absent from the body
Present with the Lord

42 comments:

Miriam said...

I'm so sorry. :(

Sincere condolences to you and your family.

beaquilter said...

aww, so sorry for your loss, but that's so nice to know they are with the Lord now :-)

Lynn said...

Beautiful women, beautiful post. Blessings to you and your family.

Kathryn Ross said...

So sorry for your loss, Jocelyn. Their lives were the gift of God and their influence lives on in you - impacting eternity.
Blessings,
Kathy

regan said...

What a gift to have had both of these lovely women in your life. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Amy Friend said...

I am so sorry for your loss but happy that you shared so many wonderful memories and years with these wonderful women.

Impera_Magna said...

You were indeed blessed to have two such lovely women in your life... I'm sure they'll continue to watch over you and your family!

My deepest sympathy to you all...

Nicole said...

My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Susan said...

I've only gotten to know you through your blog, but I feel the sadness you're going through. My blog (My mother's apron strings) is a tribute to the traditions my mother taught me, who died too early of cancer. And, two years ago I had to face losing our youngest daughter to breast cancer. I know your faith will help you through your grieving and your memories will bring you peace. Gentle thoughts to you and your family, XOXO

Dianne Mitzel said...

Such a beautiful tribute to these two wonderful women. We are blessed indeed to have the hope and promise that one day, we will all be reunited in our Heavenly home, together forever..such a comfort.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I'm sorry to hear that loss of such two important women in your life. Your post was a beautiful tribute to them both.

Cathy said...

Oh dear Friend! What a wonderful comfort to know that your mother and aunt are with JESUS!!! Our LORD and savior and Friend!!! I know they are happily rejoicing together right now.

My dear cousin suffered a brain hemorrhage Friday afternoon, and is now brain dead. They will be taking her for organ donation today. She had turned her back on Jesus most her life, and I have prayed that even when she was in a coma that maybe the LORD talked with her, and she accepted Him. It is such a sad thing to have someone die that didn't believe or repent.

So I am happy you have this joy! ♥♥♥

Carrie P. said...

A sweet tribute to some special women in your life. Isn't good to know that one day you will see them again? Blessings!

imquilternity said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You are definitely lucky to have known two such wonderful women and I'm sure you have many lovely memories to sustain you while you mourn their passing.

Jessica said...

I'm so sorry of your loss. This was a beautiful post.

Allie said...

((((((Jocelyn)))))) May God give you comfort...I rejoice with you that these precious ladies are with their Saviour, and that you will worship Him with them one day, but I know how your heart must ache. Big hugs, my friend.

barb's creations said...

You have been very bleessed to have two such loving women in your life ((((hugs))))Barb.

Beverley said...

I am so sorry you have lost two special people so close. Without going into detail, I understand.
Huge hugs.
Bev x

Pokey said...

I just read this, I'm so sorry for your loss, and rejoicing in their gain. What a blessing for you to have had these two great women of God influencing your life. What peace to know where they are now ~
hugs, pokey

Barb said...

How lucky you were to have these fabulous women in your lives. I am sorry for your loss but you have hope to see them one day.

Jodi said...

Beautiful words and scripture you chose to honor two beautiful Godly women. May you have peace and comfort in the upcoming difficult days of missing them

Donna S. said...

I am so glad you have such great memories of your wonderful relationships. You are lucky indeed. I am so sorry for your loss.

Wendy said...

Jocelyn,

I am sorry for your losses this week. Focus on the wonderful memories you have of both of them. I will be praying for you and your family this week.

Wendy B

QuiltSue said...

I'm so sorry for your losses.

Shelley said...

My heart goes out to you Jocelyn! Loss is loss even with the comfort of knowing they are with the Lord! Take care of yourself and big quilty ((((((HUGS))))))

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

The comfort is they are with Jesus. And yet, we grieve because we miss them. Take care of yourself....

Paula said...

What a Joy to have had those two women in your life! You are truly blessed!
I am sorry for your loss but so thankful that they are sitting at the feet of Jesus!

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Snoodles said...

You were blessed, indeed, to have those lovely ladies in your life. I know that you can be happy in spite of your sorrow, for you will see them again in heaven. I'll be thinking of you and your family and praying for all of you.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

A beautiful tribute. In Jesus' name, a legacy worth living for. And I know you do, and will. In His Precious Name - prayers for you and your family. XXOO

Val said...

Awww...bless your heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

So sorry for you double loss, so glad that both knew the Lord and are with him now.

Rebecca said...

Sweet friend...I'm so sorry for your losses... Celebrating only because they are with Jesus!

xo~Rebecca

The Mayo Family said...

Awe.......
So
sorry to hear that!
I am glad they knew CHRIST...
"HUGS"
Blessings~
Lori

Talin's Corner said...

So sorry for you losses.

andsewon said...

My condolences to you and your Family!I have enjoyed your sharing of these sweet lovely ladies on your blog! How lucky you are indeed to call them your family!
big hugs,
Lola

Dresden Quilter said...

I am very sorry for your loss.

Darlene said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to read about your loss. Your heart will heal because you have so many wonderful memories. (hugs)

Ivory Spring said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. May the Lord comfort you and yours during this time. Heaven will be so wonderful one day.

Marie said...

I know you are missing them both, but thankful they are with the Lord. God bless you and your family.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I am so sorry the read of you loss Jocelyn. May your faith and theirs bring you comfort.

mmae said...

i am sending up prayers that the Lord will send His most choice Blessings to you. Light and Hope fills the faces of your dear ones. i hope you can feel the nearness and thin-ness of the Veil. It is really just a film, and these beloved souls are watching over and loving you, as they did when present in their bodies :) God bless! and thank you for the lovely and inspiring Blog!