And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Granny

Well, today is the three year anniversary of a wonderful day for my Granny and a sad day for those of us here on earth...She was such a beautiful gift to this world!

This is the note that I sent out after she passed:

Well, it has taken me a while to sit down to write this. Not because I haven't wanted to, but because there are no words that are adequate. I want to say something clever and cute or inspirational, but it's just not coming to me.
I had the privilege of holding my Granny's hand as she reached out and took her Savior's Hand on Saturday, May 5th at 12:40pm. She woke up Friday morning at 3:20am with severe chest pains. She called Ben & me and we got her to Lake Pointe.
She was diagnosed with very severe Pneumonia. Granny was 86 years young! She was such a trooper. Granny and I used to always have Friday night slumber parties at her house. They were special memories! So, I got to have my last Friday night slumber party with her. Ben brought breakfast Saturday morning and we all laughed and had a good time. Within an hour, she went down hill very quickly and was in excrutiating pain.
My amazing husband held my Granny and comforted her for almost an hour so that I was able to get doctors, nurses, etc. I fell in love with him all over again watching his sweet heart as he loved my Granny through her unbearable pain. He even told her at one point that he loved her more than I did! What a blessing to be married to such an unbelievable man!!
Very soon after, she had a full code. They saved her and moved her to ICU. She coded a few more times. After two codes, they let me go in and sit next to her and whisper in her ear. I had the privilege of thanking her for sharing Jesus with all of us and told her how much each one of us loved her. I also got to pray for her sweet transition into the arms of her Savior. I told her we would fight like hell to keep her here, but if it was time for her to meet Jesus face to face, we didn't want to get in the way. Then, I got to sing "Amazing Grace" and "It Is Well with My Soul" to my Granny. When I started to sing "Amazing Grace," I heard her, though intubated, try to sing Amazing Grace back to me. Those two sweet words...WOW!!
Mom was on her first vacation in years. She never wanted to leave because she was afraid something would happen to Granny. We had Mom on the cell phone and she was able to speak to Granny and tell her how much she loved her. Very soon after, Granny reached out to take her Savior's hand and entered into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior. As I was telling my Mom how beautiful the transition was as her soul left her earth suit, Ben said, "Look, look!" Her cheek was twitching as if she was winking agreeing that it was so beautiful! I didn't let go of her for the next 2+ hours.
Granny always wrote precious poems. When we finally made it back to the house, I got to read through many of them. A most special moment was when I read the line of one that said,
I had entered the gates of Heaven and I put a smile upon my face.
Now I could sing out loud that beautiful hymn “Amazing Grace”.
Mom is back from her trip and the arrangements have been made. We would be honored if you would celebrate Granny's life with us.

1 comment:

  1. shillberry@valornet.comMay 8, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    Meredith...what a sweet, sweet story of an unbelievably difficult time in your lives. You and Ben are both such amazing examples of God's work here on earth. Peace to you.