Thursday, July 17, 2008

An amazing woman

Heaven became even a better place last night after my grandmother grew her wings and went to be with her Heavenly Father. Words can't even describe how wonderful this woman was. First and foremost, she was a child of God and loved Him with all her heart, mind and soul.
My favorite memory of her was her singing. She had a voice that was absolutely amazing! I think that she is where I got my love for music and Olivia as well. It would just make her day when Olivia would sing to her over the phone or in person when we were there for a visit - her face would just light up. She sang for many years in church and would even visit nursing homes and sing for the patients in the nursing homes.
My grandmother has been battling COPD and emphysema for a couple of years now, but despite her illness, she was in great spirits right up to the end. My mom spent most of the day with her yesterday and she told me all about their day this morning. They shared lots of laughs and just had a great time. My mom had bathed her and washed her hair and left later in the afternoon so that my grandmother could take a nap - sadly she never woke up.
I'm glad to know that she went peacefully to the arms of Jesus in her sleep. I am so happy that she has been restored and no longer has to fight for a breath. I am so happy that she is walking the streets of Gold - probably dancing and singing, and is no longer laying in her bed where she spent 95% of her time, but this place on earth just won't be the same without her, but thankfully, I know I will see her again someday.
My grandma has been looking forward to heaven for some time now. She has said on a couple of occasions that she's just ready to go to heaven. She told me a couple months back that when she gets there she's going to find her mom and then find Jesse. I like to think that she rocked him to sleep last night. This is the picture in my mind

So earth just isn't the same today without this amazing woman, but heaven will never be the same now that she grew her wings.
The following is one of the songs that will be sang at her funeral and the words to the song are just incredible
Chris Rice - Untitled Hymn
Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!
Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain,
so Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!
And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!
Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain,
then Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!
O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside,
then Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!
And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side,
and Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!
In loving memory of Geraldine Burbrink
You are so loved by all who knew you and we miss you tremendously!
Please say a prayer for the many family members who will be traveling this week for her funeral. I am trying to leave today, but I have 3 appointments (NST, biophysical profile and dr appointment) all scheduled tomorrow that I am trying to get moved to today. Say a prayer that it all gets worked out so that I can be there with family as soon as possible.


Anne said...

Sounds like your grandma was an amazing woman! That song is one of my favorites! I know she is cuddling with Jesse right now. Another angel on your shoulder.

amanda said...

Today is the 1 year anniversary of when my own grandma passed away...what wonderful women we were blessed with as grandmothers! I'm sorry that she's no longer with you, but what a great place for her to be...and thinking of her rocking Jesse to sleep last night...precious!

Megan said...

That picture is wonderful. It reminds me of my own grandma. I miss her terribly and I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have shared with her over the years.

amanda said...

How's this week going for you, Shawnie???

Ter said...

I'm very sorry for the loss of your grandmother... but I'm glad that she is free from her pain and is with your son now. I'm sorry it's been so long since I popped by your blog...:(