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Every Day New


The trip here was an adventure filled with  flight delays, missed connections, stand-by tickets (which delightfully morphed into a first class seat), a smooth connection with my sister (though 4 hours later than we had expected), sun and clouds, rain and hail, and multiple rainbows.  Oh, and beautiful pink mountains as we entered Vermont.

We arrived late, but still had time for a quick Elna hug before we settled in at Chris’s apartment, our home for the next foreseeable future. And so began this time of helping with the care of my precious sister. I stress the ‘helping’ aspect of this because her beautiful daughters, Heather and Bethany, are the ‘A’ team – handling all of the heavy lifting, in both a literal and figurative sense. Husband Henry has disabilities of his own, so he works on the med schedule and other less physical components of her care. Joie and I are the auxiliary squad, filling in where we can physically and always ready with hugs and words of love and support. And back rubs when needed!

She has been moved officially to hospice care and we are thankful for their support and resources. Her hospital bed (what a blessing!) is in the corner of the living room with privacy curtains when needed. Some days she is quite conversational and chatty, and then the next day she’s sleepy and withdrawn. So each day is different and we are treasuring them as they come.

The house has been filled with people who love her and I know she is feeling the love and prayers of so many.


Each evening before we head back to our nest, we gather ’round her bed to sing hymns. Sometimes she sings along in her sweet alto voice, sometimes she just mouths the words (to ALL the verses!) and sometimes her eyes just close in contented rest.

What better way to end the day but with words of praise and adoration to our LORD who holds her fast!

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
in a believer’s ear!
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds,
and drives away our fear.

Every day new. Every day a precious treasure.

 
 

Sabbath Rest – Almost Home

I’ve been thinking a lot about Heaven lately. So many things to wonder about, to ponder, to anticipate. This song has been rolling around in my head and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a joyous reminder that we are, as children of the Living God, Almost Home!

This life is just a vapor – We’re almost home
That sun is setting yonder – We’re almost home
Take courage for this darkness – Shall break to dawn
Oh lift your eyes – We’re almost home

Don’t drop a single anchor
We’re almost home
Through every toil and danger
We’re almost home
How many pilgrim saints
Have before us gone
No stopping now
We’re almost home

That promised land is calling
We’re almost home
And not a tear shall fall then
We’re almost home
Make ready now your souls
For that kingdom come
No turning back
We’re almost home

Almost home
We’re almost home
So press on toward
That blessed shore
Oh praise the Lord
We’re almost home

This journey ours together
We’re almost home
Unto that great forever
We’re almost home
What song anew we’ll sing
Round that happy throne
Come faint of heart
We’re almost home

Almost home
We’re almost home
So press on toward
That blessed shore
Oh praise the Lord
We’re almost home

This life is just a vapor
We’re almost home
That sun is setting yonder
We’re almost home
Take courage for this darkness
Shall break to dawn
Oh lift your eyes
We’re almost home

Almost home
We’re almost home
So press on toward
That blessed shore
Oh praise the Lord
We’re almost home

Almost home
We’re almost home
So press on toward
That blessed shore
Oh praise the Lord
We’re almost home

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Matt Boswell / Matt Papa / Lauren Papa