“ She stopped eating and drinking.”
Listening to the family of Vivian, a terminal breast cancer friend, I realized her time on the earth was coming to the end. Wishing to see her again, I decided to visit her house where her sisters, son, and nieces were all gathered.
“ George came and he was with us a while ago,” saying so, the family welcomed me warmly.
Three days ago, after the ESL Bible Study, I stopped by her house to drop a card I copied a Bible verse in the class:
“God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”–Hebrews 13:5-6
Vivan’s sister told me that she placed the card above Vivian’s bed and read it to her everyday, even this morning.
I walked into her bedroom. Covering herself from the head with a sheet, she was sleeping. Putting my hand on her shoulder, I talked to her.
“ Vivian, God has been with you, and He will be with you. I hope you feel it. Once you get to His house, you will receive a new body that will never get sick or die. And when you wake up, we will all be together again. See you soon! I love you.”
As the family offered me a cup of coffee, I sat in the living room and chatted with them.
“ You are all together in this difficult time to support each other. This is wonderful! She must appreciate it and God must be saying, ‘ You are doing good job!’”
“ I think death is like giving a birth. You have to suffer for a while, but on the other side, angels and God are waiting with excitement, saying, “She is coming!” And if you get there, everything is much better than this side.”
“ On this side, because there is time, you have to wait to get together with her again, but over there is no time, so once she wakes up, everyone will be there!”
“ This chapter will end soon, but that is not the end of the story. There is one more chapter. That chapter will be the best one and that will continue forever. “
“That’s what God promised us and because of Jesus, it is possible.”
We shared the hope.
A few hours later the phone rang, and I learned that she passed away.
The strong feeling surged within me to make me weep, but I told myself that she is now with the Lord.
With George, we prayed together that God would continually comfort and give strength to the family who was left behind.