She let me sit beside her on her bed as I worked on learning sign language. She sang along as I played songs on my guitar. She’d ask me to come play some more to “help calm her and put her to sleep.”
After a couple of times thinking she was talking to me I finally realized that while I was playing for her she’d be praying for me. All the time when she thought no one could hear her she talked quietly with God like no one else I’ve ever known. He truly was–and still is–her friend.
The cancer finally took over her physical body, but we can be quite sure it did not overcome her spiritually. Her faith remained strong and she was ready to be home with Jesus.
I cannot imagine how much harder this would have been had she not known Him as her Savior. I now know she is in a better place, a place of peace and no more pain like she has put up with for a long time.
Her favorite song that she had me play for her at least once a day was “It is well.” With her hand in mine as she breathed her last, I remembered that. Even though she was dying, that was okay. Death isn’t something we need to fear. It is often hard to grasp, but it’s true. God is preparing us a better place as we live for Him on this earth. This always reminds me of the verse Phil. 1:21 “..to live is Christ, to die is gain.”
(Lyrics to “When Peace Like A River”)
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
it is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed his own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
even so, it is well with my soul.