So last week I blogged that my mother-in-law was dying. She passed away peacefully early this morning with most of her children around her. I am so grateful that for this last week, she always had at least two of her children with her at all times, round the clock, keeping her warm and comfortable and pain-free. I was able to say goodbye to her and facilitate a goodbye over the phone with my missionary son and my married daughter who both live out of state right now. Two springs ago, I took this picture of her with my son right before he left on his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I like to think this is the same kind of embrace dear Grammi is having today with her parents, her seven older brothers, her husband, and other loved ones who have been waiting for her in heaven. She has left a legacy of faithful gospel living and a testimony of Jesus Christ.
I just love this Book of Mormon verse from Alma 40:11:
“Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.”
I am grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ who provides healing and resurrection for all of us. Truly he provides grace and mercy for all of us too. Oh how I know how much we all need this grace and mercy. I am so grateful for Him. He is the Redeemer, the Savior, the Light, the Life, and the Hope of the world.