When I See You In Heaven

When I See You In Heaven

January 21, 2015

” … He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:4-5a (NASB)

I could feel the slow rhythm of his heartbeat as I laid my head against his chest. Tears quietly rolled down my face as I held back the sobs that were begging to burst forth from underneath my heart.

Closing my eyes, I remembered being 5 years old again with my daddy holding me on his broad, strong shoulders the day he took me to the zoo. So long ago. Such sweet memories. And, yet, my heart was breaking.

Lord, not yet. Please. I’m not ready to say goodbye. I still have so much to say. I want it to be meaningful. I want Dad to know how much I love him. Not yet, Lord, not yet.

As I curled up closer, like that 5-year-old little girl so long ago, I could hear his shallow breathing. Gently I cradled his hand into mine.

Thank you, Lord, that Dad’s not in pain. When it’s time, please take him peacefully. But, not yet, Lord, not yet.

 

The clock ticks. The moments pass. The memories linger.

And it is time.

Having to say goodbye to my dad that day was one of the hardest experiences of my life. It had only been 15 short months since my mom passed away, and the idea of losing him, too, was more than I could bear.

No longer could I hear his voice say, “I love you.” No longer could I call him and ask for his advice. No longer could I see his smile or feel his hand holding mine.

No longer.

This month marks the 2-year anniversary of my dad’s passing. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and my mom. I miss them so much. I long to be with them again.

But even in the midst of “no longer” here on earth, there is a ray of hope that shines within me. A knowing. A promise that I will one day see my parents again.

I find comfort in knowing there is a real place that has been created by God and prepared by Jesus for each of us, if we accept His invitation. An extraordinary place of astounding wonder. Greater than we can fully understand or imagine. A place called heaven.

As I awake to another day on earth of “no longer,” I anchor my heart in the assurance of what Jesus said in John 14:2, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you” (NASB).

In those moments when the memories return and the sadness resurfaces, I find comfort and even joy for my parents as I reflect on the promise of today’s key verse. For in heaven, there is no mourning, crying, pain or death. All things are made new.

If you’re like me, and you’re missing someone special today. Someone you long to see again. To hold their hand, to capture their smile or to simply say, “I love you.” And, yet, the realization of “no longer” looms in the reality of each day that you live without them …

Can I encourage you with the truth? If your loved one accepted God’s invitation, then they are not dead but are living in heaven. In that extraordinary place, of astounding wonder, where pain and sorrow can never linger.

They’re experiencing joy and peace like they’ve never known as they celebrate the splendor of their eternal home.

And there is hope, comfort and assurance for you today that if you accept God’s invitation you too will see them again one day.

Heavenly Father, thank You for creating heaven. A place where we will spend eternity with You and our loved ones who have accepted Your invitation. Help us live with a joyful heart and share the hope we have of eternal life with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (ESV)

John 11:25, “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.’” (NLT)

John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Have you accepted God’s invitation to experience eternal life in Heaven? Click here to know more about that process and stay connected once you make that decision.

For more encouragement, connect with Leah DiPascal today on her blog, Whispers for the Soul, and download a free printable that includes a prayer she’s written for you.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Do you know someone who’s recently lost a loved one? Take time to send a card, bring them a meal or pray for them today.

Tell others about God’s invitation of eternal life by sharing the truth of John 3:16 with them today.

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Comments

  1. That was amazing! I personally can relate I lost my mother in march 1994 just was married

    • Same I love mother in march 2012,,I really very so miss her so much. U know really very hard without let her go. Sure she always watch over our family. Still love inside always think her.

  2. ReginaLea says:

    Today marks one month since my Dad passed. Thank you for sharing.

  3. ReginaLea says:

    Its still the 20th in Phoenix…

  4. I have been delivered! I just want to share. I made a fb page but I can’t put anything on it I can’t share anything. You try to put something on it for me. Please!!!

  5. Oh my! Were you all up in my business today or what??? Today, I am gong through things in my childhood home where I grew up, getting the things we want out, before the estate sellers come to start pricing. My precious daddy died almost a year ago on 2/8/14.. My mom passed away (suddenly and unexpectedly, like my dad) over 20 years ago. It’s been a really rough day. My sis and I took turns bursting into tears as we did the work of going through every morsel of our history in this house. Your devotional has touched me in a way that only God had His hand in. His timing…not ours. I am clinging to that picture of them not having to shed tears or mourn or cry, like we did today. Thank you so much for the timeliness of this most magnificent Word I needed to hear.

    • Lynda, I pray that the words of Revelation 21:4-5 settle deep within your soul and soothe the broken places of your heart. The loss of both parents can be extremely difficult, but as Christians we have the assurance of Heaven as we wait with great anticipation towards our reunion with them.

  6. Nanci Fils-Aime says:

    Hello!
    I can relate, three years ago my baby girl, Nevaeh Veronika Coachman, born September 9, 2011, passed away due to cardiac arrest on November 25, 2011. I am still having a hard time dealing with this. I was the one who gave her CPR. I tried to resuscitate her until the ambulance got there. I have dysthymia, long term traumatic PTSD. I am also a 20 year retired disabled Army combat veteran. Loss of child is very hard, in fact loss of a loved one period is very hard. No one grief is the same nor is one person situation similar. I just wish sometimes people “who have not” been through a loss tell you God knows what is best, let go let God, you need to move on. I think that would be up to you not to them. God gives you the strength and the wisdom so you will have the faith to help guide you in the direction he wants you to go not them.

    With very warm regards,
    Nanci L. Fils-Aime

    • Nancy, I can’t imagine the grief that you’ve experience or the tears you’ve cried over your precious baby girl, Navaeh. I am praying for you today ~ asking God to comfort you with His love and hold you closely in His arms of grace.

  7. I ♥ TBC-Temple Baptist Church Champaign, IL. When someone’s loved one has passed away, the entire church prayes for them and their family. My pastor, Scott Boyd recently lost his father. From what I remember, he told all of us that it was a sudden thing. The family didn’t really think the death was going to happen when it did. I told my pastor that my wonderful husband I would always keep him in our prayers, and we always do.
    Just after New Year (something like December 31) my wonderful husband, Ron Smith and I lost a good friend, who we knew since our days at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville Illinois. We have both known him for a few years, as a wonderful residential care worker in one of the dorms we lived in during our school years. No matter what kind of day we had, he was always able to cheer us up. He even helped me pull of a few surprises on Ron over the years. Maybe, I learned all my sneaky present-giving tricks from him for special occasions.
    “… He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:4-5a (NASB)
    Amen! What a very powerful verse on this Tuesday night! How so true it really is! When we get to Heaven, there will no longer be any pain or suffering. We will be made whole, free of any disabilities or illnesses we have in our earthly bodies.
    “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you” ~John 14:24NASB).
    Amen! What a very powerful thing to remember! While we are here on earth, God’s waiting for us in Heaven. He has already created a place for us. All that we’ve got to do is wait for the call to go to be with Him.
    “Heavenly Father, thank You for creating heaven. A place where we will spend eternity with You and our loved ones who have accepted Your invitation. Help us live with a joyful heart and share the hope we have of eternal life with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” ~ Leah DiPascal
    Amen! We should be so thankful that God has allowed us time on earth to be with our loved ones. Although there are those who’ve already gone to be with Him, we shouldn’t be sad, mourning their absence from us. We should rejoice in knowing that we’ll join them in Heaven one day.
    John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (ESV)
    Amen! What a very powerful verse! Jesus died on the cross for us to pay for the sins that we’ve all committed. Jesus died for us simply because His love for us is unconditional.
    John 11:25, “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.’” (NLT)
    Amen! How so incredibly true! Jesus is reminding us in His word that He’s the only way to the Father. There’s no other way- not even good works alone can get us to eternity. John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (NIV)
    Amen! What powerful words. Jesus gives us eternal life when we ask Him into our lives. Once we’re in the company of Jesus, there’s absolutely nothing that Satan can do to snatch us away from all that’s good.

  8. Thank you so much for todays message. I lost my dad 5 years in June and I miss him each and every day. Unfortunately dad suffered when he died and there was nothing I could do – felt so helpless and begged God to take him more than once. I have come to realize that Gods time is not our time, and that I don’t have to understand but to trust in Him and know that now dad is at peace, no more pain just his beautiful laugh and smile that I will one day (thank you Jesus) see and hear again.

  9. I can relate to all you shared. My family are followers of Christ. My dad had a massive stroke on Christmas day.They kept him on life support until us three siblings and some of our family could get there, driving through the night, to say our good byes.
    It’s been a difficult time, when I realize I can’t just pick up the phone to talk to him.
    He left a wonderful Christ filled legacy,wife of 56 years, 3 children and spouses, 15 grandchildren and a great granddaughter. As hard as it is…..we do have the hope of meeting again in heaven! Miss him so much!

    I also want to say to the parent who lost your baby daughter, I too have felt that loss. Our Rebekah was 2 1/2 weeks old and I also did CPR on her. It will be 21 years this March. You will grieve as long as you need…..much harder than losing a parent in my opinion, but a peace will come……It took me 4 years to complete the process as I tried to live my life. God blees you

    • Kareen, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. It sounds like he left an amazing legacy for the next generation. One day, your reunion with come and oh, how sweet it will be. Not only with your father, but with your daughter as well.

  10. Wonderful testimony ! There is a time and a season for everything.. and these seasons are the times that each individual will go through in their life time. I believe God uses the seasons and times of loss for our own individual growth and our drawing closer to Christ. The times and seasons are like times of purification also. As God is constantly preparing us in the way we serve Him in Heaven.. Thank you for sharing this..

  11. Despite the joys of this life, we live in a fallen world. I thank God that this earth is not my forever home and that the best is yet to come. In the span of a year, I lost a father, 2 aunts, 3 cousins, and an uncle- all tragically and very unexpectedly. They were all believers, praise God, so their home goings were reminders that I will see them to never be separated again. I look forward to meeting my grandparents, some who went home to be with Jesus before I was born. I long to see Jesus and the expression of unconditional love on His Face for me-to meet my Savior and Lord. What a thought to meet Daniel, Peter, Paul, Noah, and Abraham and those who walked with Jesus and kept the faith. I miss some of those who have gone home every day. I ache as we all learn to cherish their memories as we wait for the day, as believers also, when we will meet them again. I long for the beauty of heaven as we can never fix our broken world. Remember, we were made to live in a garden. I love to dig in the earth and plant flowers so I smile as I look forward to what lies ahead. I thank God that while we may long and grieve for those who have gone on, 1 Thessalonians 4:13 tells us that as believers, we do not grieve as those with no hope. My heart goes out especially to those who have lost children. I cannot imagine the magnitude of loss and heartache. Parents do not ever expect to bury their children. I pray especially for your comfort and peace, one that passes all human understanding. God knows our suffering in loss as He chose to send His Best and only, Jesus, to die for our sins. No suffering we go through can compare to the suffering of Jesus as He died on that cross to save us from our sins. He made a way for us to make things right with God. Only His perfection as a sacrifice could do that. If you read this and are not a believer, please settle your place in eternity now. Take the best way to live by accepting Jesus and His death for our sins. Turn away from sin and commit to live this life walking with Him at its center in your heart. I will be looking forward to seeing you in heaven!

    • Deborah, thank you for sharing these beautiful words of encouragement. I pray what you’ve written will be a breath of fresh revelation to others who are in a time of grief and great loss.

  12. Debra Whitesell says:

    Having lunch with my husband yesterday I felt something come up inside of me that needed to be released, I said, “no one understands the pain that I feel!” My husband has stage 4 melonoma. He has refused any more treatments. He is trusting in God for deliverance either way. Spending 24-7 hrs a day with him is very hard
    I am seeing changes everday. I do all I can to make his day. Today

    • May God comfort you and your husband. Hugs to you both. I am saying a prayer for you.

    • Please stay strong Debra! Focus on today, if it is still overwhelming, focus on your next two hours. Enjoy every minute with your man and don’t lose hope. Forget statistics, I’ve read many testimonies of people this stage who are OK today and NED.
      Also together you can enjoy recording audio messages, pictures, etc.
      Your heart alone knows the pain you go through and don’t blame yourself for feeling your pain!
      Blessings from Bulgaria with Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

      • Alex allen says:

        My real dad died December 15 ,2002 he was drinking a driveing and he keeps me safe and I missed him a lot so when my soul go to heaven I will see my dad and then me and my dad will have a little talk and I am going to ask him and say dad dont drink and drive are you going to get reborn again

  13. I too had my life forever change when I lost my dad 6 months ago. No one loves you like your dad. No one gets your “crazy” and still loves you like your dad. I feel like part of my is list forever. I was his superman and he really believed that there was nothing i could not do. He was a gentleman who although he did not have a lot of money– he did have time. And he freely gave time to everyone he knew. I miss the sound of his voice and his daily calls and his texts ( yes… My kids taught him to text!). I have the assurance that he is in heaven and yes… We will meet again. How terrible people must feel when they don’t have that assurance. I still have my mom who is in good health and am desperately trying to stay strong and help her through losing her husband of 60. (!) years. Ever morning i feel like i have been kicked in the gut, but that feeling gives way to relief that he is well and having his birthday this week with his mom, dad and seven brothers and sisters (who have all gone to heaven (!) before him. I’m so glad for the assurance of heaven!

    • Amy, it sounds like your father was an amazing man. Thank you for honoring him by sharing your thoughts with us today.

    • I just lost my dad a week ago he was also my best friend from complications due to pacemaker surgery. My heart is broken we were so close. Dad had incredible faith and put everything into the Lords hands. He was at peace and we got to say goodbye I will miss him so much and I break down all the time but I have no doubt dad is in Heaven and we will be together again some day

      • So sorry to hear about your dad. I just lost my dad 3 months ago in a tragic car accident. My life has changed forever im so heart broken he was my rock and my best friend. Life is lonely without him.but i know he was a believer and is in heaven and that one day i can see him again.i love and miss him so much.

  14. I lost my dad 13yrs ago last week and every year is easier but on that date, I find myself crying out for him for my own selfish reasons. Being with him in his last moments extreme sadness for me but I knew where he was going and found myself begging God to take him home and make him well again. The days that I feel his arms around me and hear his voice whispering in my heart, it is then that I find peace and I know I will see him again when my time on earth is done.

  15. February 16 will be 5 years I too held my mothers hand as she took her last breath. I thanked God many times for her peaceful passing. She was awake and able to see everyone was surrounding her but she was also able to see we kept our promise and did not leave her on life support. She wasn’t able to say anything but I saw the peace in her eyes and she looked at my dad with such deep love. 52 yrs of marriage! Although I miss her dearly my dad misses her so much more. His friend and companion. May God bless those with the pain of losing someone by looking for the small blessing that may be hidden in the situation.

  16. Leah,
    Twenty five years ago yesterday, January 20th, I lost the most courageous, sweet and strong woman on this earth. She was not proud or famous but a jewel in the presence of everyone that knew her. Thank you for reminding me that heaven is real and that she and my daddy are no longer suffering and in pain and have joy. My heart is empty without them here but we will meet again. Marti

    • Marti, I pray that as you wait for this blessed reunion with your parents, you’ll continue to open your heart and receive God’s love so He can fill those empty places.

  17. l lost my 21 year old Grandson 12-7-1014 he turned 22 on 1-7 it was a tragic Death my only Grandson ,my Daughter Son law and one Granddaughter I’m blessed to have in my life I know their pain unbearable ,My ❤️is so broken only thing keeps me going is knowing God has prepared a way for me see him in kingdom of Heaven I miss your sweet soft voice and loving heart ,and smile I know your Angle God holds you in his handx

  18. I can relate to your story. I lost my dad when I was 9 and my mom died 7 years later. Its painful but thanks to your wonderful posts, I have comfort and hope.

  19. Betsy Fowler says:

    Thank you for this message today. It was the message I so needed . I lost my precious daughter in August . She was a special needs angel and her disease had finally taken a toll on her body. She was 26 years old. We were fortunate to be with her the weeknd she passed and could hold her and tell her how much we loved her. She joins my mother, father and brother who all died 4 years ago. I miss them all so very much! Thanks for the reminder that I will see them again.

    • Betsy, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet daughter. I can’t imagine the level of pain you’ve experienced in the last 4 years. May the promises of God and the hope of Heaven sustain you today and every day.

  20. Thank you for this sweet message today. How amazing our Lord gives us what we need so often when we least expect it. Today would have been my mothers 63 birthday and, like you, I have lost my parents. Next month will be the two year anniversary of losing my Dad and the six year anniversary of losing my mom. My heart will lift you up today so you may know only joyful memories.

  21. Beautiful! It’s like you reached in to the deep dark crevasses of my brain and wrote this. I know it’s your story but it hits so close to home. I lost my parents just 7 months apart and this year we lost my husbands father and grandmother 1 week apart. Treasures in heaven. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy and where theives will steal. Instead store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Matthew 6: 19-21.

  22. Joanne Dunsmore says:

    Thank you so much for that painful yet reassuring piece. Having lost my husband a few months ago, the tears flow frequently and the grief is still very raw. I still need reminded that my dear husband is with God and that I shall see him again.

    God bless.

    • Joanne, I’m so sorry to hear about the recent loss of your husband. I am praying for you today as I’m sure the pain and grief you’ve experienced is excruciating at times.

    • Thanks for sharing and responding to my question: Will I know my husband in Heaven and be able to stroll over Heaven with him!

  23. your message coincided with a dream I had last night about my father who has been in heaven for 17 years and my twin sister who has been there for 56 years. I never dream about either of them. I woke screaming and it took me quite a bit to calm myself. Then I read today’s word from you….I am not going to dissect the dream too much, even though it disturbed me greatly. I will see both of them again one day. For now, thank you for your reassuring biblical truths.

  24. Your inspirational writing has touched me deeply, especially today. I’ve just had a vision of
    my mother on the other side of the river, and I longed to be with her. She’s smiling at me.
    She’s expecting me.

  25. Dana Finch says:

    Last Jan 23rd I lost my dady unexpectedly. I had talked to him the night before about just trivial life thing. Then in another phone call he was gone. I miss him so much and wonder why he had to go so soon, but I know it’s not for me too know. God has really revealed himself to me throughout this year. The first song I heard the next morning was “I Can Only Imagine” and now everytime I hear it I feel like God is nudging me because there is no doubt that my dad is in heaven with him now. Then today this devotion is here for me. I am so thankful for who my daddy was and that he brought me to my Father. Thank you for sharing this today.

  26. Very. Providential that i would get this today….2nd anniversary of my husband’s passing. Miss him so and raising 13 yea old twins by myself

  27. Angela LaBudie says:

    here’s a question I’d like answered I lost a son who was 5 years old almost 15 years ago I know that he’s in heaven I know that he is joyful and I know that I will see him again but my question is will he know me as his mother and I know him as my son will he be grown or will he be 5 these are questions that haunt me daily

    • Angela, my personal belief is that we will recognize our loved ones in Heaven and our relationship with them will be even better because sin will no longer play a part in our lives. As to the reference to a specific age, I’m not sure. Based on Scripture, I do believe our relationships will be better than anything we’ve ever experienced on earth. I believe the children God has entrusted to us here on earth will still be a very important part of our lives in Heaven. When you think about it … Jesus was God’s Son here on earth and He still remains God’s Son in Heaven. I hope this helps bring some comfort to your concerns.

  28. Thank you for today’s post, “When I See You In Heaven.” I lost my older brother 14 yrs. ago to suicide when he was 38 and I 28. I have wrestled these years with his death and 4 1/2 years ago recommitted my life to Christ… but only now am I too the point of sharing my story of his loss at the public school I teach and coach. Here at school our school district leads our state in suicide and our school leads our district in student loss and we have already suffered 2 attempts and 1 loss this school year alone… this week, this Friday, I share my story in our theater with our students who choose to attend. It has been through this preparation that emotion has resurfaced and a longing to see my brother again has been an unquenchable thirst of mine. Growing up he was my role model, he was an athlete, popular, and incredible tease… but I loved him and grew up wanting to be like him. When he died, it was beyond painful to navigate. In time, with help, and with God… I can bear his loss but the longing to see him, hug him, hear his voice, never goes away. This has been an incredible week of emotion, joy, and step of courage to honor his life and speak good in to the students who will be attending our schools culminating presentations Friday regarding mental health. I pray God brings the students who need to hear what is shared and I pray God speaks through me in ways appropriate for public schools and I pray my brothers loss finally is honored and has value in speaking hope into others. I love him, I miss him, and I know with out doubt, he is in the arms of Jesus, just as anyone would be who suffers a disease. Thank you for today’s post… I needed this as I continue to prepare to speak publicly for the first time since his loss 14 years ago. God is good.

    • Lori, I’m praying your presentation on Friday goes extremely well and touches the hearts of many youth/teens in your community. I believe your brother’s story will impact and potentially save the lives of many. As a child of God, your brother’s life has always had great value. I think it’s beautiful how you are honoring him by taking on this assignment. May God bless you abundantly for your willingness to be obedient.

  29. Thank you for these sweet words this morning. I too, have lost someone very special on 1/20/08-my husband of 42 1/2 years of marriage. He had been stricken down by a stroke in 2000 and had many other medical issues as well. His home-going was very difficult for me, as I wasn’t ready to let him go; even though I knew in my heart that he was going to a place where all things are made new. I have missed him terribly everyday, but praise God, I know that someday I will see him again without the illness and pain.
    Your words this morning re-enforced what I already knew and I go forward this day relishing the memories and looking forward to that tomorrow. I serve a wonderful God!
    Thanks for allowing me to write this from my heart, Linda

    • Linda, thank you for sharing such beautiful words from your heart. It sounds to me like your husband has a pretty amazing wife. 🙂 Continue to relish those memories as you anticipate and wait for that glorious reunion in Heaven.

  30. Angela, I am so sorry for your loss — there’s no name for a mother who loses a child–I don’t know the answers other than he will know you and it will be wonderful–the most beautiful place and time ever. Until then, please know that he is very happy in heaven and wants you to have as much joy and happiness in your earthly life as you possibly can–living a happy joy-filled life in his honor is what he would want–what you would want for him of you went first–love prayers and a great big virtual hug to you today!

  31. Dawn Rabon says:

    Thank you so much for your words today! This month also marks the 2 year anniversary of my daddy’s death and I was having a really tough time this morning and then read this when I got to work. It is amazing the similarities in our stories as your description of his last moments are much the same as my dad’s. Thankful for the reminder that he rests in God’s hands and is experiencing all the joys of heaven. God is always sufficient to give us what we need and I definitely needed this today! Praying for you through your grief.

  32. Brenda Nix says:

    As I read today’s devotion the raw pain of loosing my own daddy 2 and 1/2 years ago stung my eyes. I miss him so much. Even though I am 56 years old, I am still his little girl. He is one of the reasons I am who I am. I have his love of all things Southern and all things History. I have his love for learning and hunger to know more and more. I strive to be strong and stand firm as he did. I miss his voice, his giggle, and his wisdom. I miss our long talks and just time spent together. I too have the hope that one day we will be reunited. God is good and I can cherish every memory and look forward to a grand reunion.

  33. Thank you for sharing your words today!! I lost my mom this past years and reading this was just one more reminder that I WILL see her again one day!!! God Bless!!

  34. Kim Houle says:

    Thank you for this devotion. I am praying well, ok. (Some arguing and demanding) that it not be “time” for God to take my husband. He has an inoperable brain tumor. He’s in his mid 50’s and I’m in my 40’s. I am being treated for breast cancer. We have 3 great sons who too, do not want to believe “it’s time”. We have served the Lord in ministry for 32 yrs. together. Of course, my argument with the Lord is, my husband still has so many sermons left to preach! He needs to be here longer! Please pray for us.

  35. Awe… Amen

  36. I lost a good friend this week. Longing is a good word, though I don’t long for her to be out of heaven where she’s no longer in pain. I long to call, to visit, to play a game. She was a good listener, too. And I knew she would pray for me when she said she would. I’ve lost a loyal friend. I just want to talk with her again.

  37. Bless you for this! It will be three years this May that I first lost my beloved dog, then my mother. This past December, we lost our last dog. (our pup) I have missed my mother so much but I know that she is in Heaven. She never lost her faith with all of the cancer’s suffering. I know too now that she is with my grandparents and aunt, and they are with my beloved dogs. Thank you for this encouragement. Brought tears to my eyes. Everyday I pray for my father as I know how much he is missing his wife, my mother. I am going to remind him again today (even though he knows) of this passage in John 14:2. Just because I call him a lot doesn’t mean my dad wouldn’t still like a card. Bless you for this!

  38. All I can say is thank you. Friday January 23, 2015 will be 2 years since I lost my sweet Daddy, how I look forward to hearing him call my name or day I love you. But I know one day I will. This answered my prayers that day, Daddy went on a bright sunny winter day and even though he had Alzheimer’s he KNEW who I was and called my name that day and said I love you.

  39. Stacey Mendro says:

    Leah – thank you. Through tears streaming down my face, I say a simple but heartfelt “thank you” for expressing what is in my heart today, the 2 year anniversary TODAY of my dad’s final breath here on earth to his eternal “home going” with The Lord. You heard my heart, you expressed it. Thank you. My mom passed away 7 months ago and she also is meetingJesus face-to-face. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, truly.

  40. Shannon D says:

    Angela, I too had to bury my son just 7 months ago. He was only a week old. I keep replaying his last hour and a half on this earth as I watched him slowly slip away from me. I remember hearing him struggle to breathe and feeling his heartbeat slow until it wasn’t there anymore. It still hurts so badly! I wonder what our reunion will be like. I believe with all my heart that our sons will recognize us and we will recognize them. I don’t know what “age” they will look like but I do know that we’ll be so filled with joy and peace when we’ve reached our eternal home. I’m so sorry for your loss. A mother should never have to bury her child!

    • Shannon, I’m so sorry to hear about your precious son. I can’t imagine the level of pain and grief you’ve had to endure these last 7 months. I agree that you will recognize your son and he will know you. And you’ll have all of eternity to enjoy together.

  41. Thank you for sharing! God is so good! He knows when there are those of us who need words just like the ones you have shared, and today I need them!!! My daddy greeted Jesus a little more than 6 years ago. I still miss him every single day! Thank you for helping me shift my focus from me and my self-pity to heaven and the glory of God’s presence! It helps me see my daddy with friends who have gone on before, sharing their new-found discoveries about Abraham’s life or Paul’s or even Jesus’. I’m sure he has a smile on his face, no pain. As he talks with others, they all share laughter and joy. But the best thing of all is he is singing, incessantly singing praises to God! Through your words and God’s guidance, that is where I have gone today! Thank you!!!

  42. Thank you for sharing your heart and love of your father. I lost my dad 7 years ago and had the honor of praying with him to receive Jesus before he died. I just lost my mom and her 2 sisters in May all within 3 weeks. I just got word yesterday that another aunt that I love dearly isn’t expected to make it through the week. I miss them all so very much. I am the only believer in my family and am so grateful for the opportunity to have prayed with them and know they r in heaven. Please pray for the salvation of the remainder of them. This has been very hard and I don’t know what I would do without the Lord. Thank u again for this devotion. May God continue to bless this ministry and use u to reach the hearts of so many.

    • Praying for your family’s salvation!

    • Denise, I am praying today for your family’s salvation. I’m asking God to give you a tender confidence of heart to share the truths of Heaven with your loved ones who had not yet received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Rest assured that praying for their salvation is praying the perfect will of God for each of their lives.

      • Thanks for sharing your story I lost my mom in August of this year to lupus and other various diseases.she was only 63 and I miss her so much I try to think about other things to get through the day but it is not easy but hearing your story and sharing your word gives me peace within that I will see her again.God bless you and all people that is dealing with the lost of a loved one

  43. Anita Robinson says:

    Leah, this month also marks 2 years of my dad’s passing (1/15/13), a few days after my birthday. He was my sweet daddy for 44 years and my pastor for 35 years. I didn’t get to say goodbye, but as soon as I got that phone call that he was being rushed to the hospital, I grabbed my sons and prayed that God’s will be done. Despite his heart problems, my dad was still able to “get out and go” but had to retire from pastoring, although he still preached as a fill-in, for revivals, etc. He often picked up my boys from school, went to all their ballgames, etc. However, I know his passing was in God’s perfect timing and I am grateful that my dad didn’t have to stay and suffer on this earth. We all still miss him greatly (especially my mom) but we have the hope in knowing that we will see him again one glorious day! It is all summed up in the old song “Wonderful Peace” that my dad used to sing. Only God can give you that wonderful peace!!!

  44. Penny Keathley says:

    thank you for saying so eloquently what I have been dwelling on…my mother just went to heaven in November and my dad is in a nursing home awaiting his turn to go. It has been a “bittersweet” time of thankfulness for their lives and sadness for the loss – of mom’s presence and dad’s connection to our world with the onset of dementia. Rev. 21 has been an anchor of truth for me during this time as well.

  45. What a great reassurance! What I’m struggling with is those parents who have died and did not accept Christ. My mother did not and died when I was young. It is so difficult to grasp what her fate will be. Is there any comfort in that situation other than I will feel no pain when I don’t see her in heaven?

    • Kiersten,
      Sometimes people accept Christ’s love & forgiveness in the final moments of their life here on earth. Cling to that hope!

    • Dear Kiersten,
      Thank you so much for your comment. It’s the one I wanted to write. Christian friends have so little comfort to give when they can’t tell you that you’ll see your loved one again in heaven. I am often overwhelmed with sorrow in the uncertainty of my loved ones eternity. At those times, I ask the Lord to comfort me, for surely he knows the grief of loving a lost soul. And as C. said, Christ’s forgiveness can save a soul even at their last breath, so there is hope.

  46. Sue Betts says:

    Lost my dad 3 months ago – wonderful man of God – taught me so many things and I miss him everyday. Thanks for your wonderful devotion – yes, it’ll be a joy to see him again someday and to know that right now he is with my mother, rejoicing in that place that has been prepared for him.

  47. I lost my dad three weeks coming this Saturday. I missed his laugh, singing and his kindness towards people who came into his life. Love you papa!!

  48. Cheryl Moran says:

    It was 5 years Christmas Eve that my dad is gone. I still miss him so much. I miss his hugs and just talking to him. Seeing him and so many that I was very close to is truly a moment I look forward to.

  49. Reading this was like reading my story…. thank you for posting Leah. My mom passed before my dad in 2012 and that was so hard. Then my dad couldn’t do life without her and his health declined quickly. He passed 1 year and 23 days after her. I was with both of them when they passed. My mom’s was suddenly but my dad’s was just like Leah described. I was sitting in his room with him as he just slipped off to heaven. It has been a year and a half and is still so very hard some days. Thank you so much, Leah, for this post.

  50. Kathee Wheeler says:

    I just lost my dad and buried him on his 89th Birthday! We had a big party for him sending to be our Lord and my mother. Thank you for today’s devotion.

  51. Nancy Cooper says:

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/10321754_10203246275630232_852237059568284377_o.jpg
    I took this the last time I saw my dad, two weeks before he died–the day after Father’s Day. My husband’s funeral was the Friday before Father’s Day. If I didn’t have the assurance that I’d be with them again, that the next time I held my dad’s hand it would be smooth and straight and strong, I don’t know how I could face each day. “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”

    • Nancy, thank you for sharing this beautiful picture with me. I can almost feel the love that binds these gentle hands together – a love that conquers all. I, too, am forever grateful for the assurance of Heaven. I agree … because He lives, we can face tomorrow with the hope of seeing our loved ones again.

  52. Good Morning..to all of our readers & to you Leah…this was probably one of the..
    hardest devos i’ve had to read;…my parents have been gone for yrs…my mom for
    34 this past Nov. & my dad 25 this past Aug. & i miss them terribly..that they didn’t get to see my our 2 kids grow up & enjoy their presence & get to have the joy of a great
    grandchild..oh..my..!!..that part is very difficult..but for me..the fact that they are up in heaven together & where they are buried here on earth..their plots are right across the road from each other..my dad on the military side, my mom right across the rd in the cemetery..10 steps..away..for me has made it bearable…in heaven & down here
    close together…i miss them dearly..but also realize THEY ARE BOTH OUT OF PAIN..

    my sympathies to all you readers who have lost a family member.. in the last sev yrs..be it your child..hubby..mom..dad…my prayers are w/you…

    have a blessed day…guys…………kathy wyg….

  53. I can’t believe you were able to write this after only 2 years. It takes a strong person to do that. I lost my daddy only 14 months ago and I couldn’t get through this devotion. I had to put it down and then come back and scroll to the end. I just couldn’t read it. I’m sorry for your loss for your pain. Thank you for the encouragement.

  54. God’s timing is so perfect, this devotion came on the 3 year anniversary of my Dad’s passing. Your words touched my heart and the promises in God’s word fill my soul with joy. God bless!

  55. Cheri Pickett says:

    This really touched my heart. I too sat by my Daddy, holding his hand, as he slipped away. He’s been gone for over 5 years and I miss him. I am so grateful that he’s with our Savior & I have the assurance we will meet again.

  56. As others , I lost my mother 15 yrs ago and my dad 13 months later.
    Even after that period of time and reading this devotion I have tears. But your scripture and tone tells me of your love, hope, and faith in our Lord!
    May you have a blessing today as I am going to send cards to several good friends who are too going thru a similar time. Bless you!!!

  57. Thank you for this. I lost my dad 12 years ago when I was just 19. The image of you as full grown adult cuddled to his chest on his last breath is not just an image but a memory for me. Not a day goes by especially now that I have young children of my own, that I don’t miss and long for him. Even as a Christian I know we will meet again, I still long for him here on earth. But I will save this post to reread again and again when I have those moments.

  58. Six years today since my Mom passed away. (Dad passed away 1/9/76.). Today is also my wedding anniversary. Don’t hesitate to speak your heart to anyone, not only a loved one, while they’re still with you.

  59. Dearest Sister Shannon D, If you are Shannon who responded to an earlier post about the loss of your precious son, please know I have been praying for you regularly. Also Meran and Chaundre. Angela, I will add your name to my list and will lift you up to Jesus, our Great Comforter. I have a special place in my heart for parents who grieve the loss of a child. And, Kiersten, I volunteer with troubled teens and once they become believers, their concerns automatically move to loved ones who died who may not have known Jesus and accepted Him. This is what I share with them. Live life hopefully in regards to the salvation of that person. The Bible tells us that it is not God’s will for any to perish but for all to have eternal life. Until you get to heaven, keep trusting and following Jesus. Who knows what last opportunity your loved one had to cry out to Jesus? The only things we can take to heaven are our faith and people. Be determined to reach out to others with your story and your concerns about your loved one in hope that it may touch the heart of others who may come to salvation. Be faithful in praying for those who are lost. God uses all for His glory and the growing of His kingdom-even our pain and questions. This challenges me to walk so closely to God that those I love will never question where I spend eternity and that my influence and the power of the Holy Spirit might lead them and others to Jesus. I will be praying for you. Be at peace dear sister.

  60. Lynn Phillips says:

    Thank you for that sweet story, great words of comfort to me. God sees and knows of our hurting, and works through people like you to stir us to tears that heal! . I lost my dad to suicide this month two years ago. Jan 10 Thanks for sharing, it really does means a lot this morning! God Bless your work.

  61. I lost my Dad when I was thirteen and while that was many years ago, I still miss him
    and would love to share things with him. He never got to see his grandchildren, my
    husband. He always said he wanted to see me graduate high school but he didn’t make
    it. Many-many things I would love to have shared. Knowing I will see them again makes
    me feel better.

  62. Wow, Leah, this devotion really hit home with me. My father passed away on Sept 2, 2014 suddenly from heart failure. Just 7 weeks later my mother passed away from pneumonia and I’m sure a broken heart. Mom and dad were married for 61 years and last year they were both admitted into a nursing home because we could no longer care for them at home. Both of their health was in decline last year, but it wasn’t so bad that we thought we would lose them.
    I had the most blessed opportunity to pray with both of my parents and to shepherd them into eternal life just months after they were admitted as residences into the nursing home. I prayed for 17 years for the perfect time to pray with them and give them an opportunity to make it right with God, confess and except HIM as Lord and Savior of their lives. March 17th will be forever etched in my mind as the day both mom and dad’s name were added to the Lambs book of life. Oh what a precious day that was for me.
    I miss them terribly and I still grieve the loss. but the joy I fell knowing I too will see them in heaven overshadows the sadness. They have perfect bodies with no more pain or suffering. The days spent in hospitals are all gone and God has them now.
    Thanks for sharing your story. God bless.

  63. I feel this was written just for me. I had this same experience with my mother just 6 short months ago, when she lost her battle to breast cancer. And this April marks 9 years without my dad. I know I will see both again, but there’s not a day that passes that I don’t wish they were here so I could share my life with them. It’s a different feeling not having your parents anymore.

  64. Donna M King says:

    This was for me today..thank you.

  65. Nancy Gladwin says:

    For those of you who have lost a child, my heart hurts for you. May God give you peace and a promise you will see them again. I lost my mom 14 years ago but I still think of her each day. The greatest loss is we didn’t have a close relationship until later in life, so much time wasted. I thank God I know she is in heaven watching over me and I’ll see her again some day.

  66. Darleen Gaskins says:

    Oh my how I can relate to her story…Wow a fresh hit from home. You see I just lost my Mom to an unforeseen accident, not even really sure how it happened it is all speculative from the Coroner’s point of view. A freak accident. Anyhow not expected. My mother was an still is a beautiful person, sometimes a little on the honory side but all in all a good person. She passed away on December19th, 2014, my Dad passé away August 10th, 1997. My heart still breaks for him and now also for her. I cannot fathom how people can go on without the Lord giving them strength when you have a loss in your family especially a close-knit family. Thank the Lord we had lots of love and that love keeps me going right along with the love and strength the Lord gives me day by day. Please keep sharing your stories, they are so helpful and heart-wrenching at the same time. I have learned through the years that sharing your thoughts and talking about the situation helps a lot. am so greatful to have had two wonderful parents, they may be gone but not forgotten. When I want to talk to my Dad all I have to do is look in the mirror, I am his guts! When I want to talk to my Mom, all I have to do is listen when I talk, I talk just like her- kinda scarey (Lol). I loved my parents and continue to love tem right on. May you all have a very blessed day and remember to love them while they are here there may come a day when they will depart from this old house of clay. In Jesus Name, Darlen

  67. Darleen Gaskins says:

    Just wanted to add one more thing: My daughter sang the song at my Mom’s funeral. “I Sure Miss You” by Jason Crabb it sums up everything in a nutshell. Heaven’s Sweeter With You There…

  68. Bernice Swaim says:

    Your devotional today was a huge blessing to me! Both my parents are with the Lord now and I miss them terribly and like you think of them daily.

  69. How sweet His promises. I look forward to seeing my mom in heaven when the Lord calls me home. A friend of mine just passed away from terminal brain cancer, and I’ll be quite honest- I was a bit jealous she left ahead of me and got to see my mom & the Lord first. It’s a good jealous of course. I’m at peace because I know they are both without pain and rejoicing in the presence of the almighty. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful devotional.

  70. Kim Decker says:

    Thank you for your blog today. I lost my mom 5 months ago and it has been a bumpy road. I needed to see this. God bless you!

  71. My Dad has 6 months to live. he is dying from lung cancer. he is not a Christian. he has not taken the Lord as his Savior. I keep praying that I will see both of my daddy’s in heaven– earthly Dad with my Abba Father in heaven. Please keep my family in your prayers as we go on this emotional journey. His salvation, peace, & comfort.

    • annie ann says:

      Dear Father, I ask that you answer Carol’s sincere prayer for her father’s salvation–you want none to perish or be lost. Please give her or another person such as a minister the opportunity to share the gospel with him. Soften his heart to accept your gift. Father, let him not suffer, and if you will, spare his life. I ask it in the precious name of Jesus–thank you.

  72. It was two years ago January 10th that I received the worst call any parent could ever receive..the death of my child, my oldest daughter. Just as I longed to see her beautiful face and touch her sweet hands before her birth, I long to be reunited with her in heaven where she will be waiting for me with her arms open wide. Oh what a day that will be. Thank you for your thoughts and words today. I totally relate. Just as God has an appointed time for us to be born, he has an appointed time for us to be reunited. Until then, I thank him that he gives me recall to recount precious, special memories of my sweet daughter.

  73. Roxanna Funk says:

    Leah: I buried my son January 20, 2015 yesterday. I truly needed to read this today thank you so much!!! What such comfort to know I will see Btock again, he was truly a man of God.

    • Roxanna, how I wish I could string together the perfect strand of words to comfort you today. Only God can do that in His infinite wisdom. He is our Great Comforter.

      I’ve heard there is nothing more excruciating than the loss of a child. Sometimes I forget that God was a grieving parent. He watched His son die on the cross. And just like Jesus ~ experiencing the riches of Heaven with God ~ so is Brock. Roxanna, I am praying for you today, dear friend.

  74. Verla Schupbach says:

    As I read your post, the only difference between your story and mine was that mine was my husband. Two years ago, as you sat with your dad, I was with my husband. And now, the same scriptures and promises that comforted you, comforts my heart, the same God supplies my needs and protects me, looks after me in every way, and I too, look so forward to seeing him again.

  75. I am so grateful that you wrote this, and shared this devotion, Leah. My wonderful husband of 10 years, and father of our 4 children, died on June 23 of last year. It will be 7 months on Friday. Everyday I physically hurt from the pain of missing him. He was sick with cancer for almost 20 months. He is not suffering now, and I am thankful, as he suffered so much in his last earthly days. I was with him as he drew his last breath, and entered heaven. Our children miss their daddy so much, it hurts as a mom that I cannot give them what they want most – their daddy. We talk of heaven, and how daddy is there now, as an angel. God bless.

  76. I often struggle with my faith & my daily living & this would be a great way to get that lil nudge & speak to my spirit with motivation & encouragement

  77. Thanks for sharing your story.. Lost my dad 3months ago.. Only strength from God kept me together so far, even though I feel on the edge everyday. Can’t wait to be with him again one day… No more hurt, no more pain. This scripture really means a lot!

  78. Lorna Johnson says:

    Leah, I feel this devotional was a confirmation for me.
    I too lost my parents 15 months apart and approaching the 2nd annivarsary of my Dad’s death.
    I think about them every day and miss them both so very much.
    I feel this was a confirmation and a reminder that I will one day see them in Heaven!
    I thank God for His promises, and thank you for sharing.
    God Bless.

  79. Lisa Weinstein says:

    Thank you for your words of comfort. I too lost both parents, my dad went 1st then my mom 6 months later. It has been 2 yrs. and I still miss them so very much. It is indeed a comfort to know that I will see them again.

  80. Kelly Hunter says:

    This message was so beautiful and also very haunting. I too lost my father two years ago and my sisters and my brother stayed beside his bed for two days while he passed away. Our mother also had passed just 15 months prior to him. We miss them both so terribly but are so happy they are together in heaven and not in pain any more. Thank you for a nice reminder.

  81. These thoughts and promises are beautiful, wonderful, truth, but what about those Dads that pass on without Christ. What comfort do you give to those they leave with pain and grief?

    • Sharon,
      This is a great question. Personally, I believe this kind of comfort can only come from our Heavenly Father. His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Ultimately, receiving God’s invitation is a personal decision every person has to make. As believers, our goal should be to not leave anyone out. We can’t chance the decision of those who have lived before us, but we can certainly pray for and share the love of Christ with those who we encounter in the present and future.

      • So there is no comfort in the fact that we will see them again. I cry from time to time, as I lost my dad over 5 years ago…I was not there…..I tried to get there, but was too late. According to this I will never see him again and he is not in a better place. Leah, I tried many times to tell him about Jesus, but both he and my mom (still living) were and still are resistant. I hope that my prayers can pray him into heaven, but nowhere is there Biblical support for my hope. This devotional brought me great despair and your reply offers no comfort for those of us who have lost loved ones who are without Jesus.

  82. What a precious writing for today– both of my parents are gone and I know I will see them again–but like you miss them every day… I was blessed to have been loved by two wonderful people for over 50 yrs… and on sad days there is that ray of hope that we will see them again and that they are in no pain or suffering… blessings on you today Leah and your ministry as you continue to reach out to many
    Sunday Ormesher

  83. Good afternoon~
    I appreciated your devotional I received through Proverbs 31 this morning, especially as it is my grandma’s first birthday since her passing. However, I felt moved to remind you that the Bible does not tell us that our loved ones go to Heaven when they die. When Lazarus died, he rested in the grave until Jesus resurrected him. In John 11:11-13, Jesus spoke of Lazarus’ death as though he were taking rest in sleep. In fact, the Bible compares death to sleep many, many times. When we are asleep, we are are unconscious and unaware of what’s going on. If we are dead, we are unaware of what’s going on. Ecclesiastes 9:5 says that the living know they will die, but the dead know nothing. The soul of man does not ascend to Heaven upon death; the soul of man is simply the breath of life given to us at birth and ceases to exist when we breathe our last breath. In 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:4, the Bible speaks about how when the Lord comes, those who are asleep will be resurrected and rise first. Then those who are still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
    I do not fear death because I know that it will be as though I’m only sleeping. It will seem as only a moment has passed (much like it seems only a moment between my head hitting the pillow at night & my alarm clock ringing in the morning 🙂 ) until I hear those trumpets sound and Jesus calling me out of the grave .
    This is just a gentle reminder that we must rely on what the Bible teaches rather than tradition when discussing spiritual things.
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful blog post; I look forward to reading more of your writings. Blessings! 🙂

  84. Darlene potter says:

    My nephew passed today at the age of 20.very sad for the family but with God we find peace.I pray for God to hold him close.

  85. This was a hard one to read today. Even though I rejoice that my sweet husband is in his heavenly home free of sickness and pain, I ache terribly. Somehow I thought the one-year anniversary would bring some peace, but this first month of year 2 has been horrible! There is great comfort in knowing we will be in eternity together, but the sadness of the “meantime” is hard. Seeking comfort in the Word!

    • I agree, Claudia. Missing my husband terribly too, in the “meantime”.

      • Sue Dayhuff says:

        I agree with both Claudia and Heidi. I’m 6 months out from my husband’s going “home”. The grieving process is not much fun and there is no time table on it. My friend lost her sweet husband 8 years ago. She told me that while the really hard grieving doesn’t come like it did in the first two years, she still grieves just not so intently. So much for us all to learn on this new journey God has given us. Sorrow definitely has caused me to take time to think deeply and seriously about myself and my walk with God. I’ve been in the Word more, surrounded myself with good preaching and ready good books on losing a spouse that have been really helpful. It also helps to have others you know that have lost their spouses.
        Everyone is definitely different in this grieving process but I’ll be praying for you and as God might bring me to mind, please pray for me. My husband was a sweet man of God. He was a Pastor for over 50 years. We were married 51+ years. Half of me is gone and will never be back until that wonderful reunion in Heaven! Praise God! Thanks Proverbs 31 Ministries for your devotions and for bringing us ladies together to pray for each other during our difficult time.

  86. I am so sorry for your loss. Please be encouraged to know that the dead are sleeping, lying in rest awaiting the coming of the Lord. And this is the hope that we have, that those who have died in Christ will resurrect one day to newness of life, where there will indeed be no more death, no more sorrows, no more pain and all fomer things will have passed away. Please be encouraged by 1Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of dthe archangel, and with ethe trump of God: and fthe dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them din the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus ewe shall always be with the Lord”

  87. My dad passed away two months ago. Although I know he is in a better Place there are days when I just feel as if my heart is still breaking. I just want to hear my dads voice one more time and tell him how much I love him! I’m standing on Gods promises and trying to dig deep for that joy that only God can provide. It’s the only thing that gets me through each day

  88. Debbie L. says:

    My dear Leah, I don’t remember how I got to this site on FB, but, praise The Lord I did. After reading so many of the amazing testimonies today, I feel closer to Him than ever! He’s sitting here with me an encouraging every word I write to you. I lost my mom many years ago, and I still yearn for her sweetness in my life…and when I do, I remember Gods words…”that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Oh, what glorious thoughts when I’m at my lowest!!! God is waiting for me, as he waits for all those who have accepted Him into their lives, and that, my dear, is the beauty in THIS life! We have an everlasting life after we pay our dues here on Earth, and that keeps me going. I know I will see my beloved mom in a place where she will not have suffer the pains of cancer…she will be beautifully whole and without that pain. Praise The Lord! I ask one thing of you, Leah. Could you send up your most beautiful prayers for my mom, but also for my dad who is 96 and struggling to take each breath? I thank you for your wonderful site here on FB, and God bless you and all those you love. Thank you so much.

  89. Melissa Griffis says:

    Wow. God is so good. As my family was gathered around my uncle on his death bed this morning my phone signaled an email. I was in awe of the title of today’s devotion. I opened up the email and shared your devotion with my family and the nurses. What an awesome message coming through at the most perfect time. My uncle went to heaven just a short while later. Thank you!!

  90. I needed to read these words today. I have been grieving and so broken over the loss of my precious 8 year old Reagan. We were in a bad car accident last February 25th in which she died.
    I can’t get past the fact that she is gone. I ask why all day long. I would give anything to hug her one one more time. I know she is in heaven and I think the only thing that keeps me sane is knowing I will see her again. I just hope we will know each other and I hope she looks like her when I see her in heaven. I don’t understand why God didn’t take me with her.

  91. My Dad just died four months ago, and I am still grieving in a major way. My Mom died twelve years ago this month of lung cancer, and there is still not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and miss her. Even at the age of 54, it is hard for me to accept that my parents are gone. My heart goes out to you, Leah, for losing your parents so closely together. Thank you for this promising post, and I will pray for you and everyone else on here.

  92. Sheila Findley says:

    Thank you. My husband passed away 2 years ago today. While I miss him so much I know he is no longer in pain and I do know I will see him again one day and we will never mention the horrible pain of his last days.

  93. I just lost my husband of 40 years. Time has gone by so fast – too quick. I was not ready, but then I had to be ready. I had to accept that he would no more pain, no more health issues. Also he could see all of those like our parents who were in heaven. I like to think also that God let him meet the brother I don’t remember because I was two when he was killed at 9 by a drunk driver. Heaven must be a wonderful place!!!

  94. Mary Johnson says:

    Today, January 21, it has been 6 years since my sister passed away from ovarian cancer. It is still painful today as it was then. Thank you for sharing today’s devotional as it was very timely.

    Blessings,
    Mary G. Johnson

  95. Diane Roberts says:

    I lost my husband of 40 yrs. to skin cancer 5 months ago. I am disabled and have no support from anyone. Today has been especially hard for some reason. I checked my e-mail and your message for today was just for me. Thank-you so much. I really needed it and appreciate it.
    For those of you that are where I am, I pray for God to hold you a little tighter and that you feel His strong love for you. I’m here if anyone needs to talk.
    God bless you all.

    • Sue Dayhuff says:

      Hi Diane, You and I are in this grieving process at the same time. I lost my Pastor husband of 51+ years on 8/7. Grief is like a roller coaster, one minute your up the next minute you are down. Recently I had been on top spiritually, emotionally and physically but on Sunday I could feel the grief wielding up in me. By Wednesday I hurt so bad emotionally and physically it felt like my heart would burst in two. Yesterday the pain started lifting. Today I’m fine thanks to the healing power of God. I’m so sorry you don’t have a good support group of family and friends who understand what you are going through. I’m here for you as well. Blessings!

  96. We lost our dad in April 3 2010 8:33. We never. Thought he would pass first because. Mommy. Was sick most of our lives she had kidney. Problems. And had Breast. Cancer. And won the battle. And had 16 foot of her Colman remove. Made with that Battle. The doctor. Always. Sad she is a tuff old Bird but she went to dyalis. For. 5 Year and in and out of the Hospital all the time my sister. And I took care of her but she passaway June 7 2014 at2:48am this is hoards hurt I know. She UN heaven. With Daddy and her mom and her3 sister. And they are having. A wonderful. Time Angle s are singing and the harps are play.

  97. Donna moore says:

    I believe after the final judgement of the lost, THAT’S when God removes “all their sorrows … And there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.” I believe we will be weeping as we see loved ones, and friends who rejected Jesus Christ cast into hell. People we had relationships with and NEVER told them about Jesus. I can’t imagine the unbearable sorrow of those moments. THATS when all sorrow and tears will be wiped away. Go back in Revelation and read that account.

  98. Dear Leah,

    I can completely relate. In this August will come the third anniversary of my mother’s day of triumph. I call it that because, on that day, she, through God, conquered death and entered life eternal. Only by His incredible grace and steadfast love was I able to let my mother go. I thank God for sustaining us through the days of ‘no longer’ and giving us the hope of seeing our absolutely beloved parents again.

  99. This brought me comfort today as yesterday my family mourned and honored my 56 year old brother who died in a car accident Sunday. God is good and His timing is perfect for who could have guessed that your heart break two years ago would lead you to write a devotion that would bring comfort to a stranger hundreds of miles away at the exact time it was needed. I look forward to the good things and the blessings that will come out of heart break and tragedy for we serve an awesome God.

  100. Priscilla says:

    This has been such a comfort. On Friday, I lost a very close friend in a car accident. He was 28 years old, amazingly talented and smart, just bought a home with his fiancé, and was in the career of his dreams. His love of life, friends and family was so infectious. The news has been devastating for me. Our group of friends has been like family and losing him was like losing a brother. As much as it hurts, I know that my friend was a born again believer and he professed his love for Christ wherever he went. Reading this devotional was such a help in my grieving process. Thank you for such a timely message. May God bless you.

  101. Linda anglin says:

    Wow, I too went thru the loss of losing my dad on sept 1 2014. Mom died 5 years ago,after spending 5&1/2 years in a nursing home. As hard as that was, I still had dad.. We comforted each other and grew very close. I live 1200 miles away, and I always prayed that I would be with him when he passed. And Praise God, I got the call and made it to the nursing home just hours before he passed! I am so thankful, God allowed me to be with him when he died.. Just me and dad.. And The Lord. I would visit once or a twice a year.. after mom passed dad would come down to my home and visit. My husband and I have 6 children and 10 grands who all live close by me. So he got to know my family, his grand and great grands! God is so good! But this past summer, while he was here with me, it was found he needed by pass surgery… Many complications arose and he passed on sept 1, 2014. He is in heaven with mom now and I know I will see them again one day. But it is so painfull! I miss him and cry everytime I think about him. I trust God and know His hand was with dad thruout his ordeal. But it is still so hard.. Then this summer my siblings and me have to clean out dads house… Our childhood home… Gonna be tough.. Don’t look forward to it, but we need to honor dad…he was an awesome man..

  102. Barbara Place says:

    September 16,2012. That’s when God called my husband of 35 years home. On those really tough, lonely days, I comfort myself with that promise: I’ll see him again one day. When my work is finished and God calls me Home. I’ll always miss him. But he knows the answers to the questions we can only wonder about.

  103. Monica McIntosh says:

    This message really touched my heart today. My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August and quietly made his transition in November. I, we, were not ready. I was lying right beside him. I’m still coping and adjusting but this message gave me new perspective. I know God kept my daddy from suffering and I am grateful. Your message reminded me that I will see him again

  104. I will confess. I don’t read every devotion that I receive from Proverbs 31. I was compelled to open and read this devotion and when I did, I was dumbfounded! This was published on what would have been my Dad’s 74th birthday. He left my awareness of his presence on December 20, 2012. Together, we learned alot about loss – mutually the loss of his son, my brother and his wife, my mom. We did those things together. His death was the first time I had had a loss of this depth without him.

    I did not know that my teapot needed a pressure release. I am still leaking alittle. But I find myself grateful that God knows how to get to those places that we have so tidily packed away.

    I shared this devotion with a few other God given gifts – my husband a my cousin. We all say “ouch” and “thank you”.

  105. Thank you for your encouraging words. My father has been gone 11 years and some days are harder than others but my heavenly father knows when to send me a special love note.Thank you again for opening your heart and your post. Valerie

  106. Thanks

  107. Thank you for this encouraging devotional. I just miscarried this week and needed this so much.

  108. I thank you for this. So far, God has spared me of losing my parents, but we have had a couple of close calls and I echoed your exact words, “please Lord, not now, I’m not ready”. I know the day will come, but I praise God everyday for my parents and the Godly example they have been for me. I love at their age how they are respected by their peers and church family because of their walk with the Lord. I am so bless, but like you, even more blessed to know that even when that day comes and I cannot talk to them on the phone everyday, I will be with them for eternity! Our God is so awesome and great and there is no other God like him. We are so blessed that He has chosen us and given us the hope of life for eternity!

  109. Lord….this is so me. Almost 5 years ago I was you. I was with my daddee when he opened his eyes one last time and took his last breath. My prayer was the same..please don’t let him suffer and please don’t take him now. My father was a pastor and the most wonderful man loved by all. No one ever said a bad thing about him and he lived his life and walked by faith. Because of the relationship he had with God…It’s no wonder to me that God didn’t let him suffer. I thank God for my father’s life and the wonderful life my daddee provided for me and my siblings. This article has helped me so much. I still cry for my sweet daddee as if it was 5 seconds ago instead of 5 years and I know that I will forever miss him. But I find some ort that he is in heaven waiting on me…

  110. Thank you so much for your insight into losing loved ones. My dad passed 5 years ago this month. I still miss him, but know he is enjoying heaven in the presence of the Lord, as the scriptures you shared said. Thanks again!

  111. My dad has been gone 4 years. I miss him everyday. No longer is He there for advice, to confide in, or just to listen to you when things go wrong at home with Mom or other things. Thanks for the words of heaven.

  112. Do not be deceived; your loved ones who were followers of Christ do not partake in the resurrection until His second coming. See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; also, “…the dead know not any thing…” See Ecclesiastes 9:5
    Friends, we must study God’s Word to keep from being deceived by the enemy’s sweet-sounding lies. It is written in John 17:17 “Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth.”

  113. God is so good! It is so wonderful to know what glories await us when Christ returns! Here’s a wonderful article about what happens to us when we die:

    http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/study-guide/e/4987/t/are-the-dead-really-dead.aspx?SkinSrc=%5bG%5dSkins%2fAmazingFacts%2faf-media-library-view&laststatus=pad&mrtype=pad&postback1387=1

    The dead are in a sleeping state waiting for Christ’s second coming!

  114. At the second coming God’s people will be taken to heaven. It’s in the Bible, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, NIV. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

  115. As I lay in bed tonight after my 11 hour work day, I can’t fall asleep because I miss my grandmother who went to heaven Dec 23 2014! She was my best friend, my rock, my sweetheart who made me the person I am today ! She taught me how to love others and how to put others first ! How to comfort everyone in need no matter who they are! She taught me how to be a hard worker and to always remember “you get what you deserve “! The day she left this sinful earth and joined our awesome Lord is the day my heart broke in half ! I miss her more then anything ! I know she is in a amazing place and im jealous she is there and im stuck here ! I’m so happy for her because WOW nothing is better then heaven ! But knowing all of Gods words and promise I still have times that my heart just hurts so bad because I miss her voice, touch, perfume, hugs, phone calls, smile, cooking, and her love! Everyone knew and still knows we had a bond and love that no one could ever replace! I was her baby girl and she was my heart and best friend ! I thank God daily for letting me have her 27 years ! This article was such a great thing for me tonight even while tears rolled down my face ! I can’t wait to see my sweet Meemaw one day when God calls me home !

  116. My mother’s 1st anniversary of her sudden home going just passed. It has been a difficult year of extreme family drama. As I wrap up her affairs, after being strong for a year, my heart is breaking. I want to sit down and grieve and remember my mother but I can’t. There is no time. Could I ask for prayer?

  117. Leah, thank you so much for this devotional and the comfort that you intended to provide. However, we must find comfort in God’s Word as only He can provide. The Father, Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit all love us and want us to be with them someday. Those that have died accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day be resurrected to go home with Him when He returns. Until then, the dead are not in heaven; they are resting in their graves until that glorious day, unaware of anything now going on. (Eccl 9:5-6; 1 Thess 4:16-17) God bless you.

  118. Gayla Gibbons says:

    My precious daddy is minutes away from heaven and it’s breaking my heart to let him go. He is nearly 90 years old and has fought a strong battle against cancer for past 4 years and I know he’s tired and I’m being selfish. Your words brought such comfort. Thank you.

  119. Betty Miller says:

    Some how by mistake I have been dismissed from receiving my devotions from you. I really miss them, can you please start them back I would really appreciate it.

  120. Marie Dreyer says:

    I enjoy your devotions They seem to fit my days and address issues i deal with. God bless your witness

  121. Josh Diaz says:

    I have lost my mom 5 yrs ago, i have been morning already for 5 years, now 2 weeks ago i have lost my friend pet named brownie, if you could put me in your prayer, and i have faith that out lord jesus will call us one day .

  122. My wonderful Mom went to be with the Lord 2 months ago. She was so selfless. She always cared about others. I know her soul is in heaven. Does her soul have eyes and arms and legs? The Bible does not say specifically I don’t think?

  123. May God bless you all for sharing your stories of faith in our Lord. I also lost my Dad it was 8 yrs in June, then my dear sister was killed in an car accident in June 2011. I recently lost my dear grandson in Mar.2015. He was grand for sure. Only 21 yrs old ran off the road in ice and hit a tree. He was married for 2 yrs and his wife is pregnant with his dtr. She’s due in Sept.her name will be Austin, named after our grandson. I know he’s in heaven with my dad and my sister, but it still hurts so much, my daughters son and the pain is almost unbearable for her and her husband. She also has 2 dtrs. Ages 12 and 15, it’s the most horrific tragedy, we all have faith in our Lord and long for the day we can see him again, but can anyone help us with this pain, does it ever go away? God Bless you for sharing your stories.

  124. Hi, I’ve always believed in God and Jesus. I lost my Dad in December 2014 & then my husband this past April suddenly with no warning or health problems at the age of 46. I’m so sorry for your loss and everyone’s losses, it’s heartbreaking. I hope you can help me with a question about your article as I’ve been struggling with this issue for a long time. Are you saying our loved ones go to heaven (or with Jesus) immediately after death? I was always taught that nothing happens until Jesus returns in the “last day”/second coming and then the deceased are resurrected. In the meantime they simply “sleep”, as the Bible says. It would be so comforting to know they went to heaven immediately, but I find so many scriptures that say they/we don’t. I’m very confused and hoping you can help. Ps. Every Church I’ve been to also teaches that nothing happens until Jesus returns. Thank you so much for your article and help.

  125. I lost my Queen on September 15, 2015 2 days after my birthday. She went in for a knee surgery and 3 days later ended up in ICU.Her lungs collapsed. The day she had surgery we got to talk and she had text me. She lived in Puerto Rico and i live in the states. That last text she send me she told me how good of a daughter i was and how she wish i was in Puerto Rico, because she knew i was the kind of daughter who would take care of her. She understood my situation since i have a disable who is 20 years old who depends on me. Sometimes i wish i would of been bedside her. We practically talked on the phone every day. My mom was my bestfriend, my mom and my confidant. She also left notes in her note book like if she knew it was time for her to go. I know she left in peace but i so miss her so much. I know she’s watching over my family and me, but it’s hard when i can’t pick up the phone anymore and hear her voice.

  126. A promise that i will one day see my parents again u know really very hard without let her go i am praying for u today asking God to comfort u with his it help me see my daddy with friend who have gone on

  127. I lost my father this November 6th. I am his oldest son. My father was born on Halloween 1940 in Naples Italy when the first bombs fell on Naples during World War2. Life for my father was not easy growing up. Of the life paths he chose, the most precious was marrying my beautiful mother. They had 4 children. I will one day sit and write a memoir of my fathers life. As a friend of mine once told me, “Peter, if you could have followed your dad around with a video camera during his life, interactions with people and stories he told, you could have a tv show” one day, but for now the pain is too real.
    I lived many years holding anger towards my dad. He always chose his own path, dictated how things were meant to be and was hard watching and being part of of the silly squabbles and arguments that arose. But one thing I knew was that my father loved us , in his way he showed us. But everything he learned in being compassionate, tolerant and even at times calm in the midst of a storm, came from my mothers gentle soul.
    I remember often cursing the heavens or asking God take my dad so there could be peace but I never realized one day, in an instant, he would be gone. Strength is too small a word to characterize my father. He was determined he would live to be 150 years old! Dad made it to 75. I love you dad. I’m sorry that life wasn’t what you had imagined or thought it would be. I know you were always hoping for better but I also know that the love we had, as disfunctional at times as it was, will always be the riches of our lives that truly make us wealthy. I love you dad because I never got to tell you. I love you dad because I never got to hear it. I know you loved us, it was evident in your actions. We loved you and I hope you saw it in ours. My brother wrote in your memorial book, “wherever you go, there you are” may you be dancing on stars, sliding down rainbows and feel our love for you as a blanket of ocean waves. I love you papa. -your son. Pietro

  128. come up with one or two things

  129. its hard, it been two weeks since Jack our 9 year son passed, I miss him, he was ill but nothing prepares you for this. Its hard staying strong for his mum, two younger brothers and sister. today I have to pick the coffin
    I really not sure what I am feeling.
    the emptiness, heart brake love

  130. So, when I see my daddy in heaven, I will be able to go to him and call him daddy and he will know I am his daughter? Will I call him daddy in heaven?

  131. I great grief over my boy friend of three years he was 36. He was an ordained minister. Stepped away. We both chose alcohol and drugs. Yes I am a born again Christian.. We were arguing on the phone the night he was ran over by a vehicle. He was drinking. Is he in HEAVEN? I tried suicide two days before his funeral. I was in the hops I didn’t get to attend the funeral or his wake. I have been begging for his forgiveness and God’s too. I now suffer from PDS. ANXIETY. I DONT LEAVE MY HOME. I FEEL LIKE ANGERY …SAD….EMPTY… BITTER….LEFT ALONE TO DIE ALONE!!! Please help me!!!!!

  132. Something very strange happened to me yesterday. My mother loved to gamble and I like to as well. We went together quite a few times. I even set up a surprise bday party at a casino and lured her in with promises of bday gifts!
    My sisters and my relationship has always been bad. They became spiteful, jealous and hateful through our lives of me until I realized it was better off they remained out of my family’s life than in. My kids were getting too confused if we were on speaking terms this month or not. They got in my mom’s head and turned her against me as well. I was the sole beneficiary and Power of Atty at one point to being out of her will completely. I stopped speaking to her a year before she passed. I’m on disability and a tight budget but I know certain slot machines I always win something on and anything extra is what I need. Last month, I jokingly said, “C’Mon everyone up there, help me out today”! And when I’m there I talk directly to my Mom and remind her she didn’t leave me anything, so I could really use a little help if she can do those things now. The next push of a button, I won a $1275 jackpot. It was enough to fix everything wrong with my car! Before that happened, I didn’t know what to do about my car. I live in the middle of nowhere. So yesterday, I went again. I always need extra money. I’m thankful if I leave with $10-$20… I didn’t have that when I walked in and I had fun doing it. Well my money left for the month was getting less and less. I was beginning to have a panic attack. The machines just weren’t paying off like they always- I mean always, do. I started thinking of what I could sell in storage. I said ” C’mon mom, I could use a little help”! I had about $80 and I won what I clearly read was $60. I pressed the button to cash out, turned around and was drawn to the machine behind me despite the chair was moved away from it with another. I pulled the chair, put in my ticket, changed my mind to not spend it– well okay– one press of the button. I looked up at the credits and it said $350! I thought that must be the amount you can win or something else.pressed once, won a little and cashed out my ticket and out came $347.00! I looked around thinking I took someone’s place or there must be a mistake.. But no one cared. Then the woman next to me got that machine’s jackpot and we talked how great it was. I said I won too and don’t even know how!!
    I really don’t know how I won that. I should’ve cashed out $140, but I put in a $350 ticket! Computers like those don’t make mistakes!! Could my mother really have that kind of power?!?! I’m still baffled.. I didn’t sleep at all last night.

  133. Heart Broken says:

    I lost my dad 56 years ago as a 10 year old boy. I cannot tell you how hard it has been. I have had and now still have hard times in my life but nothing, nothing is so bad as losing him. As you may tell I am feeling way down and very lonely. There are several reasons but that is not my point. My mom lived to be 90 years old and passed in 1997. She was a good mom but there were issues but nothing that anyone does not go through. I have gone through so many things in my life that I wish so much he was there to talk to or influence me or help me get through issues. At this time in my life memories fade and many are gone. Nowadays I think of him and I can only relate to a picture. My belief in God is absolute and strong and I do believe I will see my dad and the rest of my loved ones again but that does not remove the pain now. Why, I am married with a stepdaughter and siblings but I am alone. I am not divorced so living in the house is so bad but that is life and I must handle that. I guess the hard part is always what would have been? How many times I wanted so much to speak with him and get his input. How I believe the direction in my life would have been different at least from a career point had he lived. I do okay, no complaints but my hearts desire I truly believe had he lived my choice may have been quite different and if so then so much more would have been.

    But today my life is what it is. I accept that and I do not have any blame or bad feelings towards anyone. Just know that we all lose our parents especially our dads. If you had your chance to have him for a good long lifetime then be so happy that you did after all we all will pass sometime. If you believe then know that you will be together again. For all of you that lost your dad when you were very young I will say to you hold on and know that your real Father God is there for you and talk to Him when needed.
    Remember when those times come that you miss him so much and your heart aches then cry and cry some more and know that I am crying with you. I miss my dad.

  134. Davis Shingange says:

    Im 39.on June 12 2015 I lost my wife.she just collapsed and died.she left me with a 3months old son n a 8years old daughter.they say Man don’t cry,im sorry I cry everyday.I can’t stop thinking about her.on da day she died,I dreamed about her standing on the door of a very big white house.God is doing miracle with my life.I changed my life.my daughter is so strong n support me.my son doesn’t often cry.he is heathy n active.I won’t stop praising my Lord.may u please prAy for us.Davis,Chloe n Brice from south Africa.stay blessed

  135. I lost my mother Septer 21st 2012, it was sureal for me, because just four days before her death we were inviting them to a cookout, it never happened, I don’t know why. I was never told why she died. Then in june of 2013 at 3:17 pm my father took his last breath in his home while I held his hand. This was to much to deal with, I lost it. The two most important people in my life are gone, and I am forever lost! I see them always in my dreams. I have no pictures, my siblings saw to that. I want them back so bad. I want them to hug me and say everything is going to be ok. I just can’t go on without them, they were all I had. My heart is dead. My tears still fall, what can I do? I am a fifty year old woman who wants her parents back

  136. RYAN MOTION NGWENYA says:

    I lost my father when I was 6 in 1997 14 January and we grow up till today 4 boys he leave in this world only I appreciate is my mom take care of us till today but my love of father will always be there for him no one can fill the whole I have in my hearty I give everything to the creator who dicede the destiny of my father I wanna say rest in peace daddy I will always remember ur love

  137. Thank you for this post. I have been in fear for a few years now that when we get to heaven we would not know our parents, husbands, children etc.. It has kept me from focusing on the goodness of heaven and in a state of being scared

  138. God direct me to u.I loss my mom 1 year ago Jan 22,2015.I have peace now the grieving has stopped,, I’m thankful .I still miss her. But not like I did before. just know the angels took her to heaven I sensed them in her room as she was passing. I thankful for peace amen

  139. Michael Caroselli says:

    Please pray for my mother and family we lost our father last week. He had a stroke. My mother was married 53 years to my dad. He was saved and is in heaven now. But it’s hard for my mother, she knows he’s in a better place with a better body, but I see her loneliness and can hear it everyday in her voice and weeping. Please pray for comfort for her. Her name is Julia Caroselli. She loves the Lord with all her heart and my father was a great testimony for our Lord. But please pray for comfort for her. They were together for a very long time and I feel super bad for her. Thank you very much Michael Caroselli 3022525498

    • The best thing you ca do for your mother during this time is be there for her……keep her active……if grandchildren, have them be around her…..take her out places……dinner…movies….keep things light…….but he there……for if not…….the loneliness will hit her bigger than a rock……but your love will pull her through……..many of us go through the same exact type things…..and the pain is bad……it is real……it hurts more than you thought it ever could………but just be there for her……doing things outside the home…….with laughter……and happy times……..but then also let her talk,,,,,,give her that time to recall memories……..she needs that as well………one thing that did wonders for my aunt……she moved into another place……she moved out of the home my uncle and she had for years and years with all the memories, eating her alive……..and the move was hard at first but she met other women also in her position and made new friends….(a senior living community)….which helped……losing a loved one is always hard for all involved.

  140. That was beautifully inspiring, and displayed. Thank you for sharing that with me. Joi

  141. I lost my dad 13 December 2015. He suffered for 4 weeks in hospital (3 visits and the last week food and water were withheld as he would choke). I held him as he took his last breaths and went to heaven. I miss him so much I can’t spend a day without thinking about him and hurting. What hurts more is that mom hasn’t shed a tear or held me once to comfort me. She’s like a stone statue going through live like nothing happened. I wish I could just see him one more time to see that he’s okay and tell him I love him. Guess I’ll have to wait till Jesus takes me home.

  142. I am heartbroken. I lost my dad a couple of months ago on Jan. 20, 2016. I am devasted because even though I know he was a believer, he did not get right with God (saved) by his passing. He was murdered … shot in the head while sitting in a parked van. He did not see it coming … which makes me believe he never had a chance to call out to Our Lord before he died. It is sooo difficult knowing I will never see him again here or in heaven. How do I make peace with this…I am in such despair as I read all your comments as I have no peace of mind
    in my situation….nothing to comfort me …it’s like I am loosing him twice. 🙁

  143. I am so sorry for your loss!? I lost my dad his own cousin basically killed him !?It just makes me sick to my stomach just thinking that my uncle killed my dad? it just makes me sick to my stomach just thinking that my own uncle killed my own dad!!!!i’m sorry for your loss I oos i’m sorry for your loss I lost my dad at the age of 10 it was about 15 months ago to I guess I lost my dad the age of 10 and I am 10 lol but anyway mine dad passed away about 10-14 months ago and I miss him! I remember when I was inside my bedroom I could hear him listening to music on the TV and dancing like a funny chicken and then one day I got mad at h I remember when I was inside my bedroom I could hear him listening to music from the TV and dancing like a funny chicken and then one day I got mad at him and I told him I was she died and I take every word of that back my dad said you’re going to miss me when I’m gone and I told him you’re not gonna die I wish I never said that every time I think of that I said that it makes me cry !?

  144. Sorry I put some things over and over again?

  145. It has been 7 months since my son Josh went to heaven. I still cannot believe he is gone. He was 33 years old and my best friend. I also feel a lot of guilt as I thought he was sleeping but he had actually stopped breathing. When I realized I called for my husband and he started cpr. I called 911. He had went to long without oxygen. If only I would have done something sooner maybe he would still be here. I am the one person who worried and cared about him the most and I feel like I am the one who did not save him. I pray to God everyday to let me go to heaven to be with him! I love you and miss you so much Josh!

    • My nephew passed away August 2015…….he was not much older than your son. Daniel was 38. He had been in the Navy, gone to college……tall, muscles, blonde hair, brown eyes, nice smile……with a kind heart……we expect the aged to pass on but when youth does, it is quite confusing and hurts ……..we cannot understand why……and we tend to rethink, what if…….that if that…….if any comfort………please know he is at peace……this earth down here, needless to say, surely you know……is filled with hate, poverty, war, injustice……..your beloved son and my dear nephew are now with God…..their creator……and they NOW understand it all…….where we only wonder……are confused……they have the answers now…….and know what is it all about…….you will see your son one day as I will see my nephew and other loved ones Ive lost……..but it still hurts………and there are no words to take that away……..if there were, I would……but I am sorry……I really am.

  146. melissa says:

    Lost my mom 2 months ago I still can’t believe she gone I miss her so much my heart hurts she was my best friend we did everything together

  147. My daddy went home Sept 14 2015. The last few days it has hit me hard again. Fathers day so close, the first one with out him. This is the first page i opened looking for something..and i found it, it is comfort. God was with me every minute during that short last week with my dad. He still finds amazing ways to wipe my tears and fill my heart with hope and joy over my daddy’s passing. Your discription could very easily be that of my mine and my sisters last hours with our loving dad. Such comfort and reassurance.

  148. I lost my daughter, she was only 21 after her baby boy was born, 2 weeks later found out she had heart failure had her with the best hospital. She was getting better well we thought. My Candice died her heart just stopped. Of course I’m having a hard time. I lost both my parents and I never thought I would get through it but losing my baby is the worse pain in this world. Would my baby know I’m her momma hen I go to heaven

    • I have heard we will know our earthly family once we meet up with them…….but we will not love them anymore than you or someone else……this is why it is Heaven…we will love one another equally as God instructed us to do on earth…..so everyone there, feels loved the same……Heaven is a place of pure peace…..and why it is named Heaven….there are no best friends there…..there are no groups who exclude the poor or certain nationalities……we are one in God.

  149. Michele says:

    Hi

    I lost a week ago. This is really comforting knowing that we will meet again as I never got to tell my dad goodbye and that I love him so much. He’s not in pain any longer. He’s safe in the arms of our Lord and saviour Jesus.

    • Michele, am so sorry for your loss….it is hard, I know. I also lost my dad…..and we were very close….but with all the problems we face here on earth….and all the illnesses which come upon us…..know in Heaven he has none of this to face……only the beauty which God prepared for him……and he is at peace more than ever…..and I believe or want to believe at least our loved ones can see us ad watch over us……but I am not sure about that……but at least know he is with God…..the perfect one…….who created him…..he’s in safe hands…..we all have our time to go…..when God feels we are ready…….and if any comfort……God took your Dad when he felt the time was right……he will use your Dad ond help him help others…….this I also believe…..I don’t think we die, go to Heaven and just sit there, dong nothing……we then work for God…….doing what? Not sure…….but know, he could nit be in better hands,than God……on earth there is much sorrow…..illness….hate…..war……..violence……Heaven? Peace………ONLY peace.

  150. My Dad has been gone for 36 years now…..the acceptance of him no longer here has gotten easier. over the years but the realization of never being able to call him or take him out for lunch on Father’s Day or his Birthday or seeing him in his recliner watching TV, laughing at Gomer Pyle Show……is forever new……there is not a day that goes by that he does not come to my heart and mind……but the only thing that really helps me is to know, he is no longer in this world of chaos, of wars…..violence……hatred toward one another…..and he is no longer ill…..I love you Dad.

  151. To be absent from the body means you are present with the Lord……and where my Dad is….a comfort to know, he’s in the best place possible.

  152. Thank you for this.. Lost my Dad in 2014. Today mark his 2nd year of his passing. Hoping to meet him in the future someday when my time has come. He is not perfect but I know he did the best he can to be a good person and dad.. He was a great Dad to me and my siblings. My Dad showed me a piece of love of what God can give us. I Love him so much and will never forget the pain when I saw him gone and lifeless. All I felt was this HUGE VOID inside. My only regret is I wish I could have done more for him. I will just try to be a better person for him while in this world and never give up on my dreams. I will never forget the good memories of him as a child, teen and adult.

  153. My mom passed away in my arms this morning. I pray she’s by your side Lord Jesus.

  154. May God bless you David and your sweet mom. I completely understand as I loss my dad on August 20th and then my mom ten days later on August 30th of this year. I am still in a state of shock and disbelief. My prayers are out to you. Please pray for me too.

  155. My name is Jamie im 34 and I am a born again christian and so is my Mum and My dad and my wife. My dad was called home on 23dec 2016 at the age of 78. He spent 3 weeks in hospital with a aggressive chest infection. He had COPD and the whole 3 weeks in hospital we thaught he was getting better. I got a phone call at work from the nurse at the hospital were my dad was being treated so I rushed from work to the hospital and when I got there my dad was sat up in bed with the rest of my family around him. I seen the doctor so imediatley asked her how my dad was doing….. she said not good im afraid…. we have done all we can. She said your das would like to go home and spend the last few days there. She said she only thaught he had a few hours to a day. I cried and cried. This magnifacent man MY DAD who Im so close to and love so much is noy gonna be here soon. I cant exlplain the pain i felt at that single moment. I went over to the bed were my family and my dad was and tried my hardest not to cry. I had to tell my sister and she burst into tears too. My dad was a Brave Brave man but he even shed a few tears, his tears were at the thaught of leaving his family. The hospital organised to get my dad home that day on 21dec 2016. We got him home and into bed. For the next 2 days he was permantley on oxygen. We had the best 2 days ever together and me and my dad sang how great thou art together and many more songs. I could see the look in his eye of resignment cause he knew what was happening. We said everything we wanted to say to him and more. He started to drift in and out of conciousness. I cant explain it but you Just know when somebody you love is slowing letting go. Me my mum and my sister held dads hand and he was still trying to sing, God bless him. Then as we all stood around he looked at me one more time then slowly took his last breath. I said to my dad Jesus is here now Dad,go with him. My mum burst into uncontolable tears and I felt what I can only explain as the undescribable peace of the Holy spirit fall upon me, it was a beautiful moment seeing my dad taking his last breath this side of eternity. Dont get me wrong I have cried many times since but like the bible says “we mourn but not like others with no hope” I miss my dad deeply but I know 100% that im going to see him again because Jesus said so. My sister is also ready to give her life to Jesus. My dads funeral is on 6th Jan 2017 tomorrow. So I guess thats my story. Always hold onto the Hope of our Lord Jesus. Thank you for reading this.

  156. My. Other passed on May 26, 2015.. She was my world and I miss her so much!.. My question is.. The bible says there will be no suffering in heaven.. But will I not suffer in heaven if I die and go to heaven and not see my mother there waiting for me since she has already passed on..? I would suffer terribly if I went to heaven and mother was no there… Just a question!

  157. I believe in God wholeheartedly, but am having such a hard time finding my purpose in life after losing my mom unexpectedly a few weeks ago. She was my everything. We had a lot of plans we weren’t able to see through as she was helping me get out of a toxic relationship with my baby’s father. I just don’t know where to go from here and feel so lost. I am listening intently for words from God and have been pouring over the bible for comfort. I still feel so lost. What was God’s purpose in taking her from me and where do I go from here?

  158. My twin sister died i survive she didnt my other half is gone i miss her

  159. Abbey Colton says:

    I lost my mother January 2016. I’ve been struggling with not knowing if my faith is strong enough for me to see her again in heaven. I am not a practicing Mormon, but I was baptized and still believe as they do. If I am not right with heavenly father when I die will I go to the telestial kingdom? And if so what if she’s already made it to the celestial. Will I never see her again?

    Feeling lost

  160. Stephen Elliott says:

    How do you reply ? I l Lost the Love of my Life Feb. 20, 2017. 35 years of Loving the same woman, how do you reply ? It’s missing Love that hurts so badley. The only thing better than holding Her close, was holding Her closer. It’s all gone. Life’s switch has been turned off. I wish Life had tough me to be more like our dog Jake. Every time I saw you, just run as fast as I could like there’s no tomorrow. For some day, tomorrow will never come. How do you reply? You are the Love of my LIFE!!!! Remember the day I met you? 35 years ago? I told you I was going marry you? You made me wait but finally said yes. I knew 35 years ago God loved me.He sent me you. Longing to go through the open door to be with Jesus and Love you even more.
    Your loving husband. Stephen.

  161. We lost owr only 7 year old Nice grandawther ,
    to heaven, and as a surprise. We need comfort for the family, I´m a mature christian that knows about The Lords, promises… But it still hurts and in this moment I do feel like a baby Christian… Even if I know scripture, I can help the rest of the family to feel “better” Please pray for us about comfort and acceptance of this part of life… I seen many people die, I was a US Soldier for 30 years… Yet I can say nothing to help my family’s heart.

  162. My mother died at the age of 64 from metastasized liver cancer in March of this year. I was thankful to be with her when she passed away and I told her it was okay to go to heaven and be with the Lord. I am so thankful that God created heaven and my mom is there joyful and free of pain and suffering. Watching my mom die was difficult but the loss and grief are painful. I am thankful God gave me such a wonderful and loving mother for 35 years of my life. My mother is the only person that I know who truly loved me as myself. I am struggling with grief and sadness over her loss. I know she is in Heaven but I greatly miss the time I had with her on earth. I have been praying and asking God to help me thru the grief as He has provided so much opportunity for me in the months since her passing. Please pray for me, thank you.

  163. LaTasha Daniels-Voelkel says:

    I just recently lost my beloved husband of 24 years married, and almost 27 years together total, to cancer. I’m in a constant state of disbelief and sadness, knowing that I will never see those beautiful blue eyes again in this world. But the thing that most warms my heart, is in knowing that my husband accepted Christ’s invitation for salvation and the promise of eternal life with HIM in Heaven. I find great comfort in knowing that we WILL see each other again, but because his loss is still so fresh in my mind, my emotions are all over the place. I’m sure this will get easier with the passing of time and staying in God’s word, but I still can’t believe that I’ll never receive another call, kiss, hug, or encouragement from him. That’s what hurts the most.

  164. Geraldine Smith says:

    I have lost both parents and siblings
    I am all alone. My dead mom directed me to visit my closest childhood friend who has Alzheimer’s. I feel her slipping away I am sad and lonely. About to retire into another world of more loneliness.i do love Jesus.
    Geraldine

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