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Twenty five past eleven

Six months had gone by and it was the third day into the seventh month. It was uncertain times. Everything was in a blur, so hazy, difficult to decide what to do next.

It was a Saturday, all our daughters were home. Image

I was awake the whole night and by ten in the morning I was drowsy with sleep. Close to thirty friends and relatives who stood vigil the night asked me to get some sleep. Yet, though the body yearned for rest the heart knew that it wasn’t to be.

The end was in sight. My heart knew it. The first sign came around ten-thirty. Her heart stopped. There was a scramble around me. As suddenly as it happened, she regained consciousness. A short time later, it happened again. And again, she regained consciousness. As the clock wound past eleven, I hold her frail body, which was almost reduced to a mere skeleton, in an embrace which turned out to be our last.

“Dear, please go home!” Not easy words, but words that must be said. “Don’t worry about our daughters, I’ll take good care of them. God will take care of us!”

I thought there was a flicker in her eyes, or may be it was just my imagination playing tricks with me. I leaned closer to her ears and whispered, “We’ll always love you!”

Within seconds, she closed her eyes and entered into a realm where none of us have ever set foot before. That was 11:25 am, Saturday, October 3, 2009.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – the third anniversary of her home-going, we are going to celebrate the life of my “angel wife” once more as we unveil her memorial stone. We covet your prayerful support.


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10 thoughts on “Twenty five past eleven

  1. Grief and suffering are a path to grace. I know it well. You bear it with dignity. God place you and your family.

  2. May God’s peace be a constant companion to you and your family at this time of remembrance, my brother.

  3. God bless you and keep you, make his countenance to shine upon you, the Lord WILL be gracious to you and give you …. everything you need.

  4. What a sweet commemoration!

  5. Peace be with you.

  6. It’s so awesome that we get to know where home is. May God give you peace from now until the day you are called home to be with her again. 🙂

  7. yes, it is so wonderful that we do know where home is for our saved loved ones and that one great day we will get to see them all again. God bless you and be encouraged in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  8. I hope your heart is healing bit by bit.

  9. This is a heartbreaking yet beautiful post. I wish your life much happiness and love, and wish your wife the same. Please take care and God bless you.

  10. May the Lord continue to bring you strength and grace. Thank you for sharing a sweet and vulnerable post.

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