Friday we gathered to lay Wendy’s Mom to rest in Burlington. She is buried with her birth Mom, May. May died shortly after Ruth’s birth at the age of 19 in 1936.
We are grateful to the LORD for the life of Ruth, her children and her relationship with us.
Life was not always easy for Ruth and she persevered through many difficult days – yet she daily focused on her faith and trusted the LORD to be with her.
It would be difficult in this space to tell all that we’ve seen, heard and experienced in the past week. There have been many tears – some with a smile upon our faces and some with deep sorrow in our hearts. Ruth had been fighting heart disease for some time – we didn’t actually know the serious extent of it until this week when Dr Ruel of the Ottawa Heart Institute shared with us something of what he discovered in the surgery.
It turns out the miracle we were praying for had been ours for several years – we were just unaware! The LORD gave us years together that medically shouldn’t have happened. So last night we let her go – not that we would keep her back from the grave condition that would have been, had recovery happened – no we would rather see her in God’s presence ! In heaven is fullness of joy! In heaven is freedom from pain and suffering of this ol’ world!
The Psalmist says that The LORD delights in the death of His saints. Not that God has some perverse pleasure in taking loved ones from us – rather He delights in giving fullness of life to those who love Him. For this world’s woes are only weight upon our shoulders and heaven grants us the love and presence of Himself. His promise to Abraham was that “we would be His children and He would be our God.”
So we are grateful for the life of Ruth and the gift of her easy going spirit to all who loved her.
We get up in the morning and we set our feet on the floor – get our shower, have our breakfast and go on with our day with little thought that this is not going to gone on day after day. It’s the natural assumption of life until we meet serious illness face to face.
That’s what we’ve been facing these days.
We’ve been praying for a miracle while facing the reality of serious illness in Wendy’s Mom. She went into hospital March 21 for a hip replacement and one thing has led to another. It’s been a long hard road and it appears the end of that journey is near.
We aren’t without hope. That needs to be said. Ruth has had a strong faith – was daily in the Word of God, regularly prayed – we know that she has loved God.
Thanks for all your prayers.