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Sunday, March 05, 2006

final freedom

Our family and a few friends had been staying with my father-in-law around the clock since last Sunday when he was admitted back into the University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Saturday, March 4th, I had asked a good friend of mine to stay with him while we had a birthday supper and party for our youngest grunt monkey – he was one year old.

We knew that FIL was getting worse and the end was near, but just a few minutes after the last family member left the hospital, at about 5pm, Horace Barker lost his final physical battle but won this last spiritual one for his final freedom and went to be with his Lord. It was almost like he was waiting until the family left to breathe his last, so they wouldn’t have to see it.

Our near future will be trying and sad but tinged with a relief that he will no longer have to struggle to breathe or be confined in his very weak and sick body. One of the Psalms says it like this – “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” We have appreciated your prayers and ask the continuance of these for strength and comfort for the family. ec


Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Mreddie and family,

....just want to say - my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.


3/05/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger Bonita said...

You've done well, all of you together. I offer my condolences and prayers.

3/05/2006 07:56:00 PM  
Blogger grannyfiddler said...

many blessings on you and yours as you grieve together. even when we know a loved one is in a better place, we ache with the loss of them. ... our final tribute to them is how much we miss them.

3/05/2006 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

May the Lord's countenance shine on you and yours.

3/06/2006 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

Our prayers for comfort are with you. I know he will be missed but our faith tells us he is now sitting in Gods presence with Jesus' loving arms about him. It doesn't get any better than that.

3/06/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

My thoughts and prayers are with y'all. I'm excited FIL is hanging out with Him at the moment as well as for the rest of eternity. What a glorious thing! God is good!

3/06/2006 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger nathan said...

Dancing down streets of pure gold.

I'm praying for the comfort that He brings.

3/06/2006 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger adannells said...

I will be lifting you and your family up in my prayers. May the Lord poor out His comfort and peace.
Even though this is a sad event, how wonderful to know that he is with his Savior today!

3/06/2006 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

junierose - Thank you, they will be much needed, especially for the next few days.

bonita - Thank you, they are appreciated.

grannyfiddler - I recieve your blessings and you are right, the ache has begun.

AC - It's tough but we feel the warmth of God's comfort holding us up.

TMG - You are right, it doesn't get any better than that.

allison - And seeing things that I can only imagine - and yes, God is good.

nathan - We can feel the comfort, but it still will be tough for a while.

adannells - And I'm looking forward to seeing Jesus and him again one day.

3/06/2006 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Condolences to your family, some things are for the better though.

3/07/2006 05:41:00 AM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

Praying for your family now for strength and rest through this time of dealing with bereavement of one so loved.

3/07/2006 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

peter - You are right - for the better - but it will be a while before it will feel that way.

jayleigh - Prayer is especially needed for MIL, they had been married over 64 years. ec

3/07/2006 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Using up the words.... said...

Prayers flying......

I can imagine it would come as a relief, but still, never easy to say goodbye. I hope it's a time of celebrating a life well lived though.


3/07/2006 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

UUTW - Yes a relief - but it will take a bit of time to convince our hearts of that. ec

3/08/2006 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger eVader said...

prayers. from me.

[ps - i no longer write on that blog. but ]

i have linked you there.....
keep writing

3/08/2006 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger thebeloved said...

Jerimiah 31:12-14
Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.

3/08/2006 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

evader - Thanks much, it is good to hear from you - I had wondered where you were.

thebeloved - Especially liked the part - ". . I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them . ." The process has started but is going to take some time. ec

3/09/2006 12:19:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

My sympathy Mr Eddie to you and your
wife, and specially your mother-in-law It will take awhile to all settle down, but you could not wish him back to suffer more. Thinking of
you all at this sad time, Merle

3/09/2006 08:17:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

merle - Thanks so much for your thoughts about us. You are right, it will take a while but with God's help, we can do it. ec

3/09/2006 11:38:00 PM  

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