Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Preparations

Hey, Y'all,
Preparations are so very important, aren't they? We prepare for so many things in life: the birth of a baby, a paper for a class, a new job, a dress for a party or special occasion, a dinner for guests who may be coming...so many things, and many times we leave off preparation for the end of a life. If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life, don't put it off any longer. That time may come sooner than you think.

This morning, I was asleep in my bed, but in a waking stage, and my daughter comes into my room with the news that Dubby (Gramps) was gone. It was a surprise to me, even though I had been praying for his release from this life into a new life in Heaven. I just didn't expect it to happen quite so soon.

My friend, Ina Ray, and I had arrived yesterday afternoon and I thought, "Well, I will wait until tomorrow and go see Dub and spend some time with him and then she and I will go have lunch at the tea room and maybe get to go see the new house I will be moving into."

I had just talked to him a couple of days ago, and had told him how much I missed him. He told me that he missed me too, and missed me every minute. That was the last thing he said to me in this life, but I know he is waiting for me in the next one.

We had many things to do today in preparation for going back to Tennessee for the funeral. We had clothing to buy for Dub's burial because all of his clothes are in the POD which won't be delivered until next week and is in transit somewhere. We had obituaries to compose, flights to arrange back to Tennessee, people to notify, funeral to plan, and many small details to attend to. All of these are important, but none is as important as that decision which each person has to make about where their soul will spend eternity. Have YOU made that decision? If not, please don't delay. If you have decided in Christ's favor, praise His name!

Tomorrow we finish getting ready to go to Tennessee, and there is much to do. Thank you all so very much for your support and prayers for us. We appreciate all of you so very much. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for tonight. People will be coming on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. for the "visitation and receiving of friends" and will see what remains of my Sweetie Pie, but what they see will only be the shell. His spirit has flown during last night to be with Jesus. Praise God! His body will be interred on Saturday morning. He prepared for it a long time ago. Bye for now.

15 comments:

Mary Beth said...

I pray for your strength in the the upcoming days! I am sure he will have a very nice Celebration of Life!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

If he could read this, he would be smiling.
My condolences, Ruby.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

You are a great lady of faith and strengh, These next couple of days won't be easy but I had a feeling that this was not far away. He is free from suffering, may he Res In Peace and many God Bless you Ruby.

Yvonne.

Charmaine Clancy said...

Ruby, I have so enjoyed reading your true love story.

I hope all goes well for your plans now and the funeral is a beautiful occasion filled with happy memories xxx

Margie's Musings said...

Ah Ruby, I am so sorry your Dub has passed away. I know how sudden these things can happen. I pray God's Holy Spirit will console you and be with you each day to lead you and comfort you through your grief.

Jan said...

He is free and everything is brand new, praise God. I will continue to pray for you in this new season of your life.

Bud Ezekiel H. said...

Ruby, you're a wonderful testimony to Him. Dub is now with Him as well. you and your family will be in my thoughts/prayers.

thesouthernlady64 said...

Thinking of you today and in the days to come. You and your family are in my prayers daily. Love and hugs

arlee bird said...

Blessings to you Ruby. I know you and we were expecting this, but somehow it still seems unexpected in some ways. It is good that he will now be released from his suffering and be in a better place. Keep up your strength and many prayers are with you.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Wanda said...

Sending you & your family my condolences Ruby. A beautifully written post.

Ellie said...

It saddens me to hear this news! You and Gramps had a wonderful life together! Remember the magic you wove as a couple! My thoughts n' prayers are with you~xXx

Clara....in TN said...

Oh Ruby, I am so sorry for your loss, but am happy for Heaven's gain. I know you will miss him terribly but think of his new life without pain. Yes, it pays off to be prepared. I wish you comfort and strength for the next few days and weeks. You will be in my prayers...always. Love, Clara

徐禎緯 said...

愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

Patricia Stoltey said...

Ruby, I'm so sorry to hear about Gramps. You're in my thoughts and prayers as well.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

GONE FROM MY SIGHT
by Henry Van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"

"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here she comes!"

And that is dying.


Ruby, may our Good Lord bring peace and comfort to your mind.

~ "Lonesome Dogg" McMe