Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Precious

She left us on Christmas Eve. A seven-year cancer struggle proved long enough for Lori…child of the King…daughter of Jim and Nancy…wife of Colin…mother of Grant, Bryant and Marcus…dear friend to so very many people…example of faith under fire for all of us. Her age at departure was 37. Lori was characterized by a shining spirit. I am certain she shines now in the presence of her Lord. She fought this illness with so much strength and faith and optimism. As we watched cancer take away from her body one ability after another, her faith continued to shine. Her love continued to grow. The blessings that came through her devotion to God and her family and friends never ceased. You would have loved to meet her. She was one of those souls who made everyone feel welcome and wanted.

My Bible has this in Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Something precious happened on December 24th, 2007…something precious in His sight. My biggest reason for loving holidays is because, so often, I get to spend time with family members who live far away from me. I look forward to those times more than I can tell you. The opportunities to hug, kiss, laugh, pray, worship, sing, and just be together are absolutely marvelous. Such times are precious to me. I think something like this is what the above verse centers around. God doesn’t love dying. And death is not our friend. Lori suffered so much. But it’s the homecoming, you see. That’s what makes it precious. I see Heaven stirring with activity as one of God’s beloved prepares to depart. Was there a flutter among the angels, especially the one (or ones) who had been serving Lori in this life? Were there angel “feathers” everywhere? Did someone say, “Guess who’s coming?” Did another say, “She’s here!” Was it Jesus’ voice she heard first? Did His welcome include a great big hug? And when she saw Father God…in Whose sight this event was so very precious…didn’t He have a great big smile on His face as the welcome home party began? And now, turn and look at Lori’s face as she is trying to take it all in. A sense of wonder is overwhelming her. The greatest “ah ha” moment of her life is occurring. Now everything makes complete sense to her. Her sufferings had been for just a moment. They had worked for her an eternal weight of glory. The testimony of her life of faith served her and others so well. The manner of death by which she glorified God made sense to her. All the promises are real…so real. She feels like she could sing forever. And then she realizes the beautiful song she’s hearing is coming from her lips…”Precious is the blood of Jesus Christ…precious is the faith He inspires within us to keep us…precious is the trying of our faith which makes us purer and stronger…precious are the thoughts, the purposes, the promises, and the will of our God, precious is all the way by which He leads us homeward…and precious, indeed, in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Beautiful song which she can sing in any key as she notices her voice doesn’t tire at all. Somehow she knows that eternity will not exhaust all her reasons for praising her Father God. I think of her there…enjoying the preciousness which the Lord ordained. She is smiling. And her legacy is calling to us to follow her as she followed her Lord. That’s exactly what I am wanting…intending…to do. Thank you, Lori, for shining here and there! Thank you, Lord, for thinking of us in this way…that our coming to you is precious in Your sight.

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6 thoughts on “Precious

  1. What a beautiful tribute to the obviously beautiful spirit of Lori! And what a beautiful picture of our Heavenly home! Thank you for sharing a little bit about Lori. I would have loved to have known her, you are right. Isn’t God too good to us? Bringing good people into our life here on earth to inspire us, encourage us, teach us…and promising even bigger and better things in His glorious presence!

    Doug, I couldn’t even breathe while I was reading this….you write so “deliciously”. Your words fill and satisfy my heart just like a feast! Thank you….you are a blessing… to my heart and to my soul.

    AND, SHERRY, I WOULD ECHO THESE SAME KINDS OF THINGS ABOUT YOU. YOUR GRACIOUS COMMENT BLESSED MY HEART TONIGHT. AND, I DO AGREE WITH YOU…THERE IS NO GOD LIKE OUR GOD. WE BELIEVE IT WITH ALL OUR HEARTS NOW AND WE LOVE HIM LIKE CRAZY. BUT ONE OF THESE DAYS WHEN WE ARE LOOKING UPON HIS GLORY IN HEAVEN’S THRONE ROOM, WE’LL KNOW…WE HAD NO IDEA. IT’S SO GREAT TO HAVE HIS PRESENCE WITH US…TO SEE HIM IN HIS OTHER CHILDREN…AND THEN TO ALSO HAVE SUCH PROMISES…WELL…YES…HE DOES JUST KEEP OVERWHELMING US. YOU WILL LOVE MEETING LORI. SHE WILL LOVE MEETING YOU…ONE OF THESE DAYS…

  2. Doug I would love to have met Lori … she sounds like a woman with a beautiful spirit … and much courage. I can’t wait to meet people like Lori when I get to heaven. When we are all able to rest forever … I look forward to that.

    My aunt died last August from cancer … and I know I rejoiced. She was fortunate that she did not suffer as long as they thought she would. I had prayed for God to take her quickly and He answered that prayer. I like knowing that she was precious in His sight and that He was welcoming her home … and that He will do the same for me.

    PAIGE, I KNOW YOU WOULD HAVE LOVED LORI. I KNOW SHE WOULD HAVE LOVED YOU. I KNOW THAT WILL BE DEMONSTRATED ONE OF THESE DAYS…LORI, HAD A TERRIBLE INFECTION IN HER LEGS NEAR THE END OF HER LIFE HERE. THE MEDICINE THEY GAVE HER TO COMBAT THE PAIN COMPROMISED HER LUNGS. I WAS ON MY WAY TO VISIT HER (ONE OF OUR SHEPHERDS HERE WAS WITH ME). I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM LORI’S DAD ENROUTE. HE WAS GLAD I WAS ON THE WAY. WHEN WE ENTERED THE INTENSIVE CARE ROOM, IT SEEMED CLEAR THAT SHE WASN’T LONG FOR THIS WORLD. I SPOKE TO HER THOUGH SHE COULDN’T REPLY BECAUSE OF ALL THE MEDICAL HOOK-UPS AND THE OXYGEN MASK. I SHARED THE SHEPHERD PSALM WITH HER AND THEN WE PRAYED. SHE SIMPLY STOPPED BREATING WITHIN A MATTER OF FIVE MINUTES OR SO. THE FAMILY TOLD ME THEY FELT SHE WAS JUST WAITING FOR THAT PRAYER. I GUESS I SORT OF BRUSHED THAT OFF AS AN UNDERSTANDABLE CONCLUSION OF A LOVING, DEVOTED FAMILY. BUT A WHILE LATER, THE NURSE CARING FOR LORI, SPOKE WITH ME ALONE. SHE SAID THAT LORI’S BREATHING CHANGED RIGHT AFTER THE PRAYER. HER BREATHS BECAME SHALLOW AND LESS OFTEN. NOW I BELIEVE IT TOO…THAT SHE WAS JUST WAITING TO HAVE THAT PRAYER WITH HER BELOVED SURROUNDING HER AND THE ANGELS WAITING FOR HER TO USHER HER INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE ONE, WHO, THOUGH SHE HAD NEVER SEEN HIM WITH HER EYES BEFORE, SHE HAD LOVED WITH HER WHOLE HEART AND HAD SERVED SO WELL UNDER SUCH DURESS. OUR HEARTS WERE SO FULL. AS I WRITE THIS THE FEELINGS OVERWHELM ME AGAIN. THE PRECIOUSNESS OF IT ALL DID NOT ESCAPE US…BUT BEST OF ALL DID NOT ESCAPE OUR FATHER GOD.
    I AM GLAD, PAIGE, FOR THE MANNER OF DEATH BY WHICH YOUR DEAR AUNT GLORIFIED GOD. I PRAY TO HAVE JUST A BIT OF THE COURAGE THESE TWO LADIES OF FAITH DEMONSTRATED. GOD BLESS YOU TODAY.

  3. Rex Boyles on said:

    Doug, my beloved friend, I am “jealous” of our sister’s courage – faith – resolve. I am “jealous” of her relief – joyous wonder – song. I am “jealous” of her “welcome home”. Not that I would want to take it from her … but I crave my day.

    Give my love and comfort to her family. All of us at the OPEN loved her – if for no other reason, she was loved by our Master – and by you. R

    I PRAISE GOD FOR THE OPEN FAMILY OF GOD, WHO LOVE FOLKS THEY HAVE NEVER MET…WHO OFFER SHOULDERS FOR CRYING ON TO SINNERS LIVING IN LONG, SAD EXILE…WHO DON’T MAKE IT HARDER FOR OTHERS, UNLESS THEY ARE TRYING TO GIVE UP ON THEMSELVES…WHO UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS MADE “CHURCH’ FOR PEOPLE AND NOT PEOPLE FOR “CHURCH”…WHO HANG UPON EVERY WORD OF GOD AND LOVE TO CELEBRATE THE LEARNING OF IT…AND WHOSE PREACHER LIVES NEAR…VERY NEAR…THE HEART OF GOD AND BRINGS THEM THE OVERFLOW OF SUCH INTIMATE DIVINE FELLOWSHIP WHICH LEAVES THEM HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
    I WILL PASS ALONG YOUR LOVE AND COMFORT TO THE PETTIT FAMILY. THE FACT THAT YOU ALL CARE WILL BLESS THEM VERY MUCH.
    THANKS, REX. I KNOW YOUR HEART. I KNEW YOU WOULD CARE. I MISS YOU, MY BROTHER.

  4. I use Luke 16 when talking to families about loved ones passing on. To think that the Angel(s) help us bridge that gap is so comforting. You don’t have to work with people very long who are about to depart to believe when they see someone in the room with them that no one else can see, that they really ‘do’ see someone. We know so little about dying and most fear it so much, yet knowing how our Father loves us should be very comforting. Thank you for this insight Doug.

    I’LL TELL YOU, MIKE, THE OLDER I GET THE LESS I INSIST THAT I KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYTHING. I AM COMPLETELY CONVINCED THAT WHEN IT COMES TO DYING, WE DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE. HOWEVER GOD CHOOSES TO HELP US THROUGH THAT TRANSITION, IT’S FINE WITH ME. I’LL TAKE ALL THE HELP I CAN GET. AND I HAVE BEEN TRULY BLESSED TO SEE THE COURAGE AND FAITH OF CHRISTIANS WHO TOOK THAT FINAL JOURNEY WITH A CALM THAT BLESSED THEIR BELOVED AND ALL OF US WHO WERE ATTENDING THEM. THANKS FOR CHECKING IN HERE, MIKE, AND FOR YOUR COMMENT. GOD BLESS YOU.

  5. Doug, thank you so much for sharing Lori with us.She was an amazing child of God. The way that you described her was like you were talking about my daddy. He touched so many people around him, especially children. And just what you said made me feel even more sure that my dad is is with Jesus right now. He became a believer and was saved 3 months before I was born and he instilled God’s word in us amoung alot of other wonderful things. My dad went home 12/15/07 a much awaited trip. People like Lori and my dad just keep me going towards that same mark that they accopmplished in their life. Again thanks fro sharing with us.

    Cyndi (Sherry’s friend)

    CYNDI, YOU BLESSED MY HEART WITH THESE WORDS. TO HEAR A DAUGHTER SPEAK SO OF HER BELOVED FATHER AND THE LEGACY OF FAITH HE LEFT HER ENCOURAGES ME SO. I AM GLAD THAT GOD GAVE YOU SUCH A GREAT DAD WHOSE LIFE CONTINUES TO INSPIRE YOU. THE LOVE OF A WONDERFUL FATHER STAYS WITH YOU DOESN’T IT? YOU KEEP REMEMBERING THE MANY WAYS HE ASSURED YOU OF HIS LOVE FOR AND JOY IN YOU. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR DAD HAD IT KIND OF ROUGH TOWARDS THE END OF HIS LIFE, BUT HIS LIVING HOPE SUSTAINED HIM THROUGH IT ALL. I HAVE A DAUGHTER TOO. SHE GAVE ME MY FIRST GRANDCHILD, SKYLAR. I WANT TO LEAVE THEM BOTH WITH THE KINDS OF THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS YOU HAVE OF YOUR FATHER. BUT MOST OF ALL…TO LEAVE THEM WANTING TO FOLLOW ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN…AWESOME. THANKS FOR STOPPING BY HERE, CYNDI. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOURS…AND MAY YOUR DAD’S INSIGHTS, HIS EXAMPLE, AND HIS FOREVER PLACE IN YOUR HEART KEEP ENCOURAGING YOU AS YOU GO.

  6. I hate death and how it separates. My Father in Heaven does also that is why Jesus had to be separated from his Father for a while. I know Jesus hated that and God did also the way things happened on the earth when Jesus drew his last breath. I will ever be indebted to Jesus for making it possible that we will see our loved ones again. It helps my heart so much to keep on keeping on when I know that. I hate to think of ones I love so much that will leave me someday. I have already experienced a sister who has left. It was so hard and still is hard when I think that she really is not here anymore. No more phone calls. She called us often. I have pictures sitting around to remind me of here but it is just not the same as having people we love around.

    I hear about and have seen much courage and God must give people a special kind of help to get from here (earth to Heaven). I want to see God and his goodness and his compassion. I want to be there some day where we will not be yearning for things we are not satisfied with here on earth. Oh, there are many things I love and people especially. I love life but there are days it is hard to figure out things. Just where do you fit in and yet I know I do.

    My Mom is getting older and someday I know I will have to give her up.
    I lay in bed sometimes at night listening to her as she sleeps and breathes and makes some noises. I think about someday she will breathe her last breath and I will miss her so. She calls me thru the night to get a drink of water (she wants me to help her). She wants lip dew on her lips and she sometimes just says she wants to see me. That is mind boggling that she just wants to know I am close and see me. That is what a lot of us think about seeing Jesus and God. But what is mind boggling with this is that He wants to see us and be close.

    I love you Doug for the way you express things about God and Heaven and people we have known and loved here. It is always quite a journey with Doug regarding “Acorns”. Everytime I read them I cry and it hurts in my throat how deep he helps my heart go about the things that really matter in this world. God has taught Doug how to Love People and he has a Gift to help us to want to Love like that.

    I have found out in the last few years that we need to Love people even though they have had some roads that have been tough in their lives.
    I know this one thing in my life now, we are not the judge of other people, we need to accept people no matter what has gone on in their lives because that is what God wants us to do. God did it. We need to accept people who are sorry for the past and still want a relationship with God and be forgiven. We need to make the pathway (like one brother said in this blog) easy. We should not make it hard. The past has already been hard. People know that we are getting closer to the journey ending here as we get older and God wants them with him. I know he is this Loving kind of God. He Wants Us With Him even though we think we don’t deserve it. HE DOES. I trust what He says not what I feel sometimes.

    Lovingly,

    HEY SIS, THANKS FOR LEAVING YOUR HELPFUL COMMENT HERE. YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD SOUL. YOUR LOYALTY TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY PROVIDES AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL WHO KNOW YOU AND ARE LOVED BY YOU. YOU ARE IN A LIFELONG LOVE-AFFAIR WITH JESUS CHRIST. HE KNOWS THIS AND SO DO I. YOU HAVE HELPED SO MANY PEOPLE ALONG LIFE’S WAY. I KNOW IT HASN’T BEEN EASY FOR YOU…BUT YOU HAVE INDEED KEPT ON. YOUR FAITHFUL SERVICE TO OUR MOM THROUGH EXHAUSTION, FRUSTRATION AND LONELINESS MEANS MORE TO ME…AND I KNOW TO OUR MOM, THAN WORDS COULD EVER TELL. YOUR HEART REMAINS HIS…AND ONE OF THESE DAYS…NO MORE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS…NO MORE WEARINESS…NO MORE LONELINESS…NO MORE DISAPPOINTMENTS OR SEPARATIONS…ONE OF THESE DAYS. I LOVE YOU, SIS.

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