It has been several months since I have been able to come back to my website due to my taking, for the second time, the cancer journey with my wife. God delivered her back from the precipice of death in her first encounter with cancer, in that case leukemia. This time, He allowed her to enter His presence. Since she died, I have been grieving our loss, and will continue to do so for a long time — to some degree, for the rest of my life.
In hopes that it may encourages others, I want to share a bit of our story. Here are two excerpts:
SAFELY HOME. “Early in the morning on April 21st my wonderful wife Lyn Rasmussen took her final breath here on earth, only an instant later to inhale the essence of eternal life! She finished her life faithfully, and never lapsed for a moment in her love for God and all of you whom she knew. Lyn’s dad has said well, “There are no words to sufficiently express our grief over the loss of Lyn nor to express our joy that Lyn’s suffering is over and she’s in the presence of our Savior.” Thank you to all who have stood with us during this time. We are grateful that we were able to have Lyn at home for the final weeks of her life.
A FEW DAYS LATER….
” I spent time yesterday going through photo albums, choosing pictures of Lyn over the years; it was hard; made me miss her so much. Yet how blessed to have had so many good times with so many family and friends! She was so knock-out gorgeous! And just a beautiful person, so loving of others, so tender and needing protection, so sensitive yet tough and matter-of-fact. What a treasure she was! So often in these final months she would reaffirm, “God is in charge. All we can do is trust Him.”
God encouraged me this morning from scripture: “the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:14). I reflected on the fact that Lyn was purchased by the blood of the cross, and became God’s possession by the finished work of Christ, and from that moment onward was sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise until just a few days ago she was actually and fully redeemed, according to the promise of God, and to the praise of His glory! So yes I feel very sad that I have lost the daily companionship of my dear wife, but I can be sincerely glad that God has fulfilled His promise to her and granted her every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places! There, now, God is showing her “the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). I am so happy for her!
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