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I've written in the past that 2010 was a tough year for our family. Bob's dad passed away on February 20 after a year long struggle with congestive heart failure. That was tough on the family. But nothing as tough as the death of Bob's youngest sister Jan, who passed away suddenly on January 21st at the age of 52.

 

Working through the arrangements and the grief and the details was overwhelming. But when I finally stopped and got still for awhile, I couldn't help but think about my own demise one day. Jan had left specific instructions about everything she wanted as a part of her memorial service. I had never thought about those details. But I have now. And there's just a few things that I care about when that time comes:

 

1.  I pray my death, whenever and however that happens, will glorify God and point to my Redeemer.

 

2.  I pray that my death will bear witness to how I led my life through the relationships I had, the lives I was able to touch, and the things I was able to do.

 

3.  I pray that there can be joy in my going, because I know my final destination.

 

4.  I pray that at that last day for me, only one thing will resonate from my life:  "In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus. . . . When I come to die, give me Jesus."

 

Blessings.

 

Margie Williamson

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Comment by Ann H. LeFevre on February 1, 2011 at 10:59am
My mother passed away at 52.  As was your sister-in-law's, it was unexpected.    2010 was a year of loss for me too-lost a student to suicide and a dear friend to cancer, as well as a beloved uncle.  I am glad that although this valley is particularily hard, I know the Lord is walking with me.  I sense you feel that too and will be praying for your family.

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