Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A final goodbye

Yesterday was a beautiful day to celebrate my grandma's life. 

To be honest I was dreading it with everything in me. Who looks forward to a funeral? I hadn't really processed that she was gone until yesterday. I was doing OK until we pulled into the cemetery. Emotions of losing my grandpa 3 years ago and knowing that he was laid to rest there and then seeing my grandmas casket made my heart ache. The thought of her body lying lifeless in a container is a sight that broke my heart. I had a hard time focusing during the service because it was right there in front of me. 
BUT, besides the sadness it was a great day and grandma would have loved it and been thrilled that all her kids and grand kids were together.

My dad did an amazing job sharing about his moms life. He brought back so many memories to life and you couldn't help but smile and remember the good times we shared.  She really was a lover and a giver. You can tell the kind of woman she was by my dad. She passed some great traits on down. I know shes proud that she passed her love for animals down to me. I will continue to rescue animals because I learned from the best.

Our dear friend and Pastor, Jack gave the message at the service. It was short, sweet and simple. Getting into Heaven and knowing Jesus isn't about a religion. It's about a relationship. Both of my grandparents had a relationship with God. They both asked Him to come into their heart and take control of their life. They loved him and believed that He was the only way to Heaven. And because of that, we celebrated!
My grandma may be absent from her earthly body but she is alive and well in Heaven!

My heart is at peace. I miss my grandparents terribly and would give anything to see them again here on earth but I know that they wouldn't want to come back for anything. They are in Heaven rejoicing with Jesus, running on streets of gold and having the greatest reunion ever! I have the hope and the promise that we will be together again one day when my day comes and I too meet Jesus face to face. 
Until that day comes I will continue to worship and praise the Lord for all He has done for me. I am so thankful that I got to call Barbara and Wallace my grandparents. They were precious people who have left a huge impact in my life and have a very special place in my heart that no one will ever be able to fill. 

Rest in sweet peace grandma. 
I love you and can't wait to see you again on the other side.

"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; 
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away." 
- Revelation 21:4

Oh, the things we have to look forward to in Heaven!


Jamie Fingal said...

What a lovely and compassionate tribute to your Grandma. Your words are so heart-felt. Rest assured in knowing she is at peace now. Love you.

sunnyrc2001 said...

Nikki, what a blessing God gave you & me with such a loving Grandma.I lost my Grandma when I was 13 & still I remember her love for her family & God.She is the first one who taught me to have a relationship with Him.My heart & prayers are with you & your family.Thank you for sharing about your Grandma It brought wonderful memories back to me about my Grandma.