When a Friend is Dying

My husband and I visited our friend and neighbor today, who is dying on his bed. Oh how sad it is that society (in the US) is sheltered from such a privilege in seeing a loved one who will soon pass. Our brother David is a Christian man who in our short time here in our hometown has made a significant impact on us. He could not speak coherently. He uttered phrases over and over again, though peacefully. His wife asked him to pray and he could pray perfectly. Matthew and I had tears streaming down both of our faces. Though he couldn’t speak, he could pray. So beautiful and soooo meaningful. So heartbreaking that we will have to wait some years to see him with the Lord one day through our own parting from this earth. We will miss him and all of our small town will… how one person can touch a few lives so deeply through Christ’s love.

10 thoughts on “When a Friend is Dying

  1. “Though he couldn’t speak, he could pray.” So beautiful! So profound! And now he is PRAISING God among his Brothers and Sisters in Christ! PRAISE God! We’ll join him in the blink of an eye! :o)

    Psalm 78:39 “He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return”

    2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

    ((((((((HUGS)))))))))) I can’t wait to meet him!

  2. Thank you Elizabeth! He hasn’t passed yet, we are thinking within a couple of weeks. I am hoping his wife will let me or Matthew visit him daily. We don’t want to miss out. I went back with a couple of kids to give his wife something we had for him and he remembered me for a moment. It was so touching! I just held his hand and rubbed his arm and he talked about Jesus. The girls came home and instead of playing, sat on chairs in the living room while I took a nap. It’s so good they didn’t just come home and go play. Such a good experience for them and me. Yes, you’d love him. Yes, our time is so short here, isn’t it? : )

  3. no greater joy then sit with a friend or family as they pass in to the next world, Gods children have so much peace, Glory To God!

  4. Amen! I remember when I got married, our friend Mark was passing. We went to the hospital and got there an hour too late. I still ran to him and held his hand and thanked God for our time with him. We all had such peace and joy in that room with him there deceased because we knew where he was. : ) Thank you for your kind comment!

  5. Even though David’s natural body is broken, his spirit is alive and filled with the Holy Spirit. Praise Jesus! Thank you for sharing

  6. Amen. Thank you Joy! My daughter Hannah and I visited with him today. It is such a blessing that his wife is open to our visits because he’s very special to us and seeing him right now means so much to me. It is such a privilege to be a part of this right now and I am cherishing each moment we have with him. Thank you for commenting. : )

  7. Many people don’t want to face to talk about death. Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience. Blessings.

    • Thank you Susan. David passed away on May 10th and we went to the memorial service on the 14th. It was special to see all this pictures of his younger years and days with his wife, Dee. He was such a shining light in this community. I’m just sad that we all didn’t get more time with him. I’ll always think of him as a part of our foundation and beginning years here. : )

  8. It is a very holy and awe-inspiring time to be with a believer when they leave us on this side of the veil and walk through it see Jesus face to face. I will never forget the afternoon years ago when we stopped in at the hospital with our five children to visit Joe’s grandpa on our way home from church. We sang Psalm 119 to him, music he loved that we had previously given him as a gift. It became obvious that his time was very near, and as we sang, he went home. A very sacred privilege to be with him.

    • Wow, that is really special Susanna. It is such a privilege to be with someone days or moments before they pass. What a memory for you and your kids and so good for the kids to have experienced that. It helps take the sting out of death. : ) Elisabeth and Hannah got to spend some time with David when I’d go visit him. Hannah’s last words to him were, “I love you David.” He said, “I love you too.” She’ll always remember that. He had lost a lot of weight and didn’t look himself of course, yet the kids were able to still identify with him and his sweet, warm and loving spirit. Thank you for sharing your beautiful memory. I hope you all are doing well!

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