Thursday morning in the wee hours after George had passed away, my mom and dad and many others were here at the house. My dad went to the bathroom and picked up a book that George had laying around. It was Pilgrim's Progress. My sweet dad had no idea what the book was about he actually thought it was a book about THE pilgrims. Well this is a well known allegorical book written about the Christian walk that was written in 1675. The book opened to a page and my dad just started reading and this is what he read:
They talked about the magnificence of the place with the Shining Ones,
who told them that the beauty and glory of it was inexpressible.
"There", they said," is Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the company of angels,
and the spirits of just men made perfect. You are going now to the paradise of God,
where you will see the tree of life and eat of its never-fading fruits;
and there you will have white robes given you,
and you will walk and talk every day with the King, all the days of eternity.
There you will never again see such things as you saw when you were upon the earth,
such as sorrow, sickness, affliction, and death, 'for the former things are passed away.'
You are now going to Abraham, to Isaac, and Jacob, and to the prophets---men whom
God has 'taken away from the evil to come,' and who are now
resting upon their beds, each one walking in his righteousness."
To my dad this was sweet release of anger and questioning. It settles for us that God alone knows what He is doing. I know that George was disturbed by the condition of our world and now he is in glory not having to be worried about the state of things on this earth. He did however say in one of his notes that once he was in heaven he would ask God if he could do something to affect the world.
Your prayers have made a difference for me, Lauren and Bryan. God is truly carrying us.