the mission trip into Mexico, I was packing up our things for a big
move away from Portland. My younger
sister was helping in the home of Julie and promised to call when night
nursing/doctoring care seemed necessary.
Joel 2:27....and my people shall never be ashamed.
I dreamed that I was attending a funeral or memorial service. I could not tell whose funeral it was but when I awoke early, I gathered all the clothing of my four children that they wore to church. It took several hours because washing needed to be done. There were stacks of boxes of belongings everywhere. All the pots and pans were almost packed and some boxes had already been opened and unpacked by children looking for a toy. Everything was disorganized. The challenges of caring for four children, packing and all is enough to keep 3 ladies busy full time. I was alone in this work. My husband was five hours distance away working at his job. I really needed God's help! He promises to be a husband and an comforter. He was right there for me. He gave me this dream, I was positive about it.
Isaiah 54:5 For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
I made sure these and some play clothes were all packed ready to jump in the car to go help with the comfort care of my sis dying of cancer. I had just finished when the phone rang and my younger sis urged me to come. God timed it for me. I grabbed a very light electric heating blanket thinking it might be helpful on my dying sister. My dear friend Nancy Stagl took me up to Goldendale. My husband was 5 hours away working in an emergency room in Othello.
husband and I arranged to stay in a near by motel with a little kitchenette
which we really could not afford. Those sweet motel maids watched me give
my all for my sister and they cried with me at her death. They together
bought me a bouquet of roses.
We were experiencing heavy business losses and were a few days away from bankruptcy. We trusted God would make up the difference as He always does when we put others first. God helped us through that crisis. We used funds we desperately needed for home payments and bills and bought her a Jacuzzi to help her comfort level and joy those last days. We did all we could think of to make sister comfortable. As I sang Psalm 23 to her, I saw a peace come over her. We all hoped she would be healed. She had such sweet courage and faith. I took the night shift and my youngest sister took the day time. Those nights were long but a privilege. I prayed all those nights as she slowly slipped away. That last night she kept telling me how much she loved me. I had arranged for her to have oxygen to help her labored breathing. Comfort was our goal. That last 24 hours she decided if God was not going to heal her she was ready to go to sleep till the great resurrection morning. I asked her to dictate letters to her children and I would make sure they received them.
dear sis died leaving behind a little 10 year old girl, one teenager and
an older son. Her pastor husband was grief stricken as well as all who
loved her in her home town and in many other cities. The lives she had
touched were many. The church was packed and many could not get in for a
place to sit. Julie said the next thing she expects is to hear Gabriel's
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