Monday, September 14, 2009

My Brother......

My brother appears to be failing fast tonight.

I am so glad I was able to remind him of God's love on Friday, when he was still able to understand and gain comfort and consolation from it.

He is very confused indeed today, and was trying to phone my mother using the bedside phone console even though Mum was sitting right next to him, talking to him :-(

My mother is breaking her heart.

Please pray for a quick and peaceful ending to his life: painless, blameless, unashamed, and a good defence before the Judgement Seat of Christ.

Kyrie, eleison.
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15 comments:

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

With all of you every moment in prayer.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Thank you, Anastasia, and to **all** of you very dear friends who have prayed and supported us through the last few months.

God bless you all for your kindness !

DebD said...

continuing to pray. Lord have mercy!

Ian Climacus said...

Prayers ascending from Down Under.

Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

Andrea Elizabeth said...

Amen

Dave said...

We continue to pray.

Michelle M. said...

Praying for you all. May God bring each of you peace.

elizabeth said...

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

My small prayers and my love.

Meg said...

Certainly praying, for ALL of you.

Philippa said...

Oh dear Elizabeth. I am so sorry to know of this sorrow for you and your dearest mum. I cannot imagine her sorrow, watching her beloved son sink slowly.

May God grant you all His peace and comfort and strength. May He receive your brother into His heavenly kingdom according to His perfect will.

The Byzantine Rambler said...

I just wandered across your web log and wish to assure you of my prayers. I lost both my wife (of brain cancer) and my father (multiple illnesses) in the last two months. It's hard to watch loved ones fall asleep. Both before their passing and after I have had many very hard moments - days - even a whole week. Tending to keep my grieving private, most people seem to see me as some kind of superman of faith and an inspiration. If they knew the truth, if they cared, I wonder would they be more or less impressed.

What I can offer you and your family, beside the prayers, is the assurance of God's love for all His children.

Often when we lose a loved one the grief can seem unbearable. There is a surreal sense of watching the end of life unfold, being part of it and somehow not really taking in what is happening. Then the crash can come: sudden, terrifying, and irretrievable. And in this, I'm not talking about the death of the loved one; again, the grief. (Sometimes, I hear in my mind, John Lennon mournfully singing, "Is it for her or myself that I cry" while recalling hordes of fans smiling and cheering.)

The Psalms - this is where your soul can find solace and your prayers true focus and hope. There is a cathartic quality to them in the interplay between the voices of the psalmist, God, and often the 'oppressors' of which the psalmist complains. It is oddly comforting when we realize that what "I" am going through has been shared by that shepherd three thousand years ago.

My grandfather used to say, "Times don't change; people do". In fact, nothing changes. We may have better technology and through it a more 'worldly' view of things, but we are still simple creatures who need God, who need each other, and find peace only in the knowledge that in the end, that's what it's all about. We all share in the triumphs, the tragedies, and the silent moments of isolation in which, if we are brave enough to look, our Lord is right there offering His divine Love and strength when we have exhausted all of our own.

Again, you, your brother, and your family are in my prayers

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Thank you for this.
I tend to keep my grieving very private, and it is mainly my friends who read this blog who know how deeply I am hurting over all this.

I try to pray a few Psalms each day, and they do bring immense comfort and make me realise that we are not the only generation who grieve over our loved ones.....

Susie Hemingway said...

You have my prayers.

Mimi said...

Oh I'm praying so hard for you guys. My love and hugs to you and to your dear mother, and for a painless, blameless, and unashamed death and a good defense before the Dread Judgement Seat.

Walt Trachim said...

Most definitely prayers for you, your brother, and your family, Elizabeth.

Always remember that when you can see only one set of footprints, it's because you're being carried. And I have no doubt that He is holding you all in the palm of His hand...