Intermixed with the sadness is joy . . . sadness that I will no longer see her here on this earth, yet joy for her that she is in heaven with her Savior.
The last time that we had together, I and a nurse brought her over to her usual spot right to the left of me at the piano, and I played her favorite hymn How Great Thou Art, and we sang together. When we reached the chorus, despite her weakness and shortness of breath, her voice rang out stronger and clearer than I had ever heard before. I glanced over at her, and her face was turned upwards, her eyes closed as the words poured from her heart to the Lord. It was an awe-inspiring moment! Five days later, she was at home with the God she had been praising and whom she loved so much. In her words, Jesus Christ was her "first and foremost."
I can still feel her arms giving me a tight hug, feel her kiss on my cheek, and hear her whispered "I love you." When leaving the nursing home that last time, I looked back and there she sat, smiling as she watched me leave.
I remember the very first time I met her and after we sang together at the piano, she told me that she was going home soon. I wasn't aware at the time that this was just a fancy of hers and not reality, so we talked about that if we never see each other again at the nursing home, we can look forward to seeing one another again in heaven and there we will sing praises to the Lord together again. Now that time has come . . . and I am indeed looking forward to that coming day!
"For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality . . . . then will come about the saying that is written, 'Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"! 1 Corinthians 15:53-57