Nancy's first morning in Heaven. . .

This morning at 7:00a.m., Nancy went to be with Jesus. I am so thankful for her life. I am so thankful for God's grace in her home-going. It was a blessing to be able to know her for just this short time. I wish that I was able to know her better--but thankful for the time that God allowed us with her. Steve and I went away to Philadelphia this past weekend and before leaving, we were able to spend some time on Thursday evening with Nancy. Nancy was in a lot of pain during her last days here on earth. . .in fact, Nancy began experiencing memory loss and the cause was thought to be from a growing tumor in her brain. However, after an MRI last Sunday afternoon, the doctor concluded that there was no change in the tumors and that her memory loss was stemming from her pain. It was unimaginable for me that her pain was mind-altering. So as you can imagine, as her pain medicines began to wear off, she would become less and less lucid. It was apparent to Steve and I on Thursday evening that we should probably leave--I felt that we would add more chaos to the situation if we stayed. We were almost to the door and Kerry said that she was calling for me. I went back in the room and Nons asked to see my eyes. I looked her in the eyes and she said, "I love you. I just want to thank you for all you've done. I wanted to tell you bye." Steve came over and said "We'll see you later beautiful". She reached up and touched his face and she in turn told him that he was beautiful;)

I held it together until we were out of her room. . .but I knew she wasn't telling us goodbye for the weekend. . .I knew she was telling us her final goodbye. I am so thankful that God allowed us that time with her. I have no idea how she knew we had even left the room or how she had the sense to call us back. I do know that I am grateful for God allowing those events. It is a sobering reality to spend time with one who is so close to walking into eternity with Christ. It is also glorious to get that phone call that your loved one took her final breath and awoke in Heaven.
I would love to know what Nancy is doing in Heaven at this moment. I can only imagine. . .

Here is what Nancy's daughter Michelle wrote this morning on Nancy's blog. . .

"Her name was Nancy. She loved Shrimp and sardines. She bird watched for fun. She pulled trash off of the curb, cleaned it up and sold it for good money. She pinched me in the behind when we cooked together just to be a twerp. She loved her Husband, children, grandchildren and family. She was my Mom and she peacefully went to heaven this morning at 7:00am."

Yes. I can only imagine what Nancy is doing in Heaven today. Praise the Lord, my friend is finally home!

I can only imagine, when that day comes,
when I find myself standing in the Son!
I can only imagine, when all I will do, is forever, forever worship You!
Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine!


  1. Sarah, I'm sorry for your loss but rejoice with you that your friend is home at last & free from the pain she was in. I'm so glad you were able to have a sweet goodbye with her.

  2. I am so sorry, Sarah. I have been praying for Nancy and reading her blog. So glad you were able to have that special time with her before your trip. I will continue to pray for her family and friends during this time.

  3. I was just reading their blog last night! Wow. My prayers are with them! What a wonderful testimony that they have.

  4. We're out of town until late Sat. night, but please let me know if we can do anything for the Messer family. We're praying for them and you guys!

  5. Anonymous8:07 AM

    We are praying for you all and Nancy's family! I know she meant alot to you. We are also rejoicing with you that Nancy is now pain free and singing and praising our Lord in Heaven for all Eternity! I know we are a long ways away but please let us know if there is anything we can do for you or Nancy's family!

  6. I, too have been keeping up with her blog and emailing them. My heart aches because its so close to home but we must "weep as those who have hope". My favorite song... says, "No more night, no more pain, never crying again...praises to the Great I Am."
    Ps. 61
    -Remember to celebrate her life on this earth.

  7. Thanks for this sweet post, Sarah! i remember when meg died how often i found myself thinking of that song...Meg loved to sing it and think about as I listened to it...I could only imagine what she was doing at that moment. Praise God we have Hope through the Gospel during these difficult days of adjusting to the temporary separation!


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