The gates of heaven are opening for John

spensir Member Posts: 44
If anyone is looking for God or his angels they are surrounding our home waiting to welcome John into heaven. It looks like John has begun his final step of this journey. There were times we thought of it as hell but now when we look back we don't.

God gave me and all who came in contact with John during his lifetime a great gift. John was especially open to all our friends and relatives to share in all since he was given the dreaded words of IV EC in Oct 2009. He did his hardest fight and he won, the grand prize is a trip up to heaven non stop.

God has his own timeline and we don't know when the day or time will be but we are all ready. We will proudly but saddely let go of his hand so that the Lord can welcome him in.

Last night two of our grandchildren came over and Conner 13, and Hannah 6 and PaPa and I had a tea party. We talked of celebrating grandpa's life and agreed that after he has gone to heaven we will continue to celebrate with a tea party. Hannah baked cookies and we took out a new tea set. After we were done John hugged and kissed each of them and spent a little time with each by themselves and then told me he was ready to die. He said he wanted to die. My best friend who came to live with us March 2nd when John decided to go into hospice care came from Virgina and has not left. Another gift from God.

We prayed together the three of us and handed it over to God. The process has begun and we will be here by his side till his spirit leaves this earth.

Oh how I will miss him. We were married forty years. I grew up next door to him. I don't remember not loving him. I will think of him every morning and night and many times in between. He is the love of my life. God will continue to help me thru this and will give me the power to go on. God is all loving.

I will keep you my EC faamily updated on Johns final journey. Thank you all for the prayers support and love. Shirley


  • lindadanis
    lindadanis Member Posts: 235
    your husband
    Dear Shirley, let me introduce myself first, my name is Linda, my late husband, Ed, was diagnosed around the same time as your husband, he was diagnosed on October 7. 2009. He was also stage four with mets to his liver, stomach and eventually to his brain. He passed away last September 15th and my mom passed away at the same hospital nine days later. I truly understand how you are feeling and just read your post. I am so saddened to read your story, it sounds so much like mine. Ed and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary one month before he died. We were devastated by his prognosis and it was not easy for sure. If you ever need to talk to someone, please contact me. I live in Massachusetts and have one daughter name Diana. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
  • sandy1943
    sandy1943 Member Posts: 824
    Isn't it wonderful, knowing
    Isn't it wonderful, knowing the Lord and his angels are with us during our darkest hours. It makes saying goodbye so much easier.
    It is wonderful that the grandchildren can share this time with their Papa. It's a memory they can always cherish.
    You will be in my prayers as I pray for God to comfort you and the family in the days ahead.
  • birdiequeen
    birdiequeen Member Posts: 319
    I am touched with the peace
    I am touched with the peace and dignity you are displaying in this difficult time. Very inspirational. I will pray for your husband John and your whole family.
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  • K_ann1015
    K_ann1015 Member Posts: 500
    I cry as I read your
    I cry as I read your divinely inspired post. The mystery of our Lord is so apparent in your heart---the pain & joy --side by side. I remember my uncle going through the good byes that we were thankful that he was able to do---esp since family was able to come in from a great distance. I am saddened that you are loosing the love of your life.... but I am thankful that you shared your thoughts with all of us hear. It is hard to believe, but there are silver linings to everything--although sometimes much harder to fine. Heaven is one wonderful silver lining for your husband. I don't think it's be for awhile, but I hope when it is my dad's time, I pray I can be as at peace as you are right now. Bless you all
  • rose20
    rose20 Member Posts: 258
    When I read this all I could think is how beautiful and how gracious is our God to allow this time for you to be together and share your hearts with one another.
    How I would have cherished such moments with my son but he was taken suddenly without warning so there were no goodbyes no last hugs.
    You not only paid tribute to your husband but also to God and how precious that is.
    I felt such a peace from your post as I read it and that is that peace that passes all understanding.
    I am trusting your husband is a believer in Christ and so once he leaves here he will enter into the presence of the Lord, no more pain, no more suffering for him!
    It will be hard for you to be separated from the love of your life but knowing you will see each other again in Heaven will sustain you and give you the strength to face each new day.
    For now cherish today. Embrace the time given to you both.
    Each one of us must release the hand of one we love into the hand of One we have not seen. And that is hard to do but God transforms our hopeless grief into hope-filled grief. How? By telling us that "we will see our loved ones again." ~Max Lucado~

    My heartfelt prayers are with you all.

    I Believe God Will Guide Me
    In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling. Exodus 15:13 NIV

    I believe my life is in God's hands and keeping. I believe He has a plan and purpose for my life and that He is leading me in a path that will fulfill that plan and purpose. I believe it is a good plan, a right plan, and the best plan. I believe there is not a better, higher, or wiser way for me to live or way for me to follow. I believe God knows exactly what He is doing and that He will bring things into my life at the exact time they are needed. I believe He wants me to follow Him with praise on my lips for who He is, with thanks in my heart for what He does, and with obedience in my steps for what He asks me to do.
    -Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer
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  • Tina Blondek
    Tina Blondek Member Posts: 1,500 Member
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    Final Journey
    Dear Shirley and family
    Thank you for your most wonderful touching post. I would like to write a prayer for you as I say it to our Heavenly Father. Dear Lord, please give John, Shirley, and their family the strength they will all need in the days to come. Please bless them with peace at this most difficult time. John is ready, his hand is out...waiting for you to embrace him into your loving arms. Bring him home....this is where he needs to be. All in your time Lord. Please take away this horrible cancer, this pain and suffering. Please continue to also allow my dad, Ray, to rest in peace. In Jesus name,I pray, amen.

    Tina in Va
  • Cindy Bear
    Cindy Bear Member Posts: 569
    Knocking on heaven's door
    Your post is very poignant and brought tears to my eyes. John is knocking on heaven's door now... How wonderfully blessed you are to have such wonderful family and friends. Thinking of you and wishing you strength, courage and above all peace of mind in the days that lie ahead.
  • sal314
    sal314 Member Posts: 599 Member
    My Prayers Are with You Shirley
    God will give you peace, strength and comfort as you say "see ya in a bit." What a great gift of knowing this earthly life is not all there is. But one day, you will be reunited in heaven forever!!

    Saying "so long" is not easy. And the days, weeks and months ahead will be filled with much sadness, tears, anger and joy. But God is faithful and He will help you get through.

    Lifting you and your family up in prayer!

  • linda1120
    linda1120 Member Posts: 389
    Dearest Shirley,

    My heart broke as I read your beautiful and loving post. What a lovely thing to do with your grandchildren.

    I can tell that the Lord is holding you through this time, and I also know he will continue to do so as you face John's transition to Heaven.

    I will keep you all in my prayers.