Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Sister's Departure


It was just on June 20th, a month and a half ago, that I wrote a post about a dear sister who had begun the last leg of her journey heavenward. Well, the Lord has seen fit to shorten that journey and our sister Colleen has reached her glorious destination. I for one will miss her precious, God-glorifying blog posts, while at the same time being happy for her. She is there; she is home; all is well. Some day when you want to be blessed, read some of her posts at the family Prayer Basket blog.

Now the day drew on, that Christiana must be gone. So the Road was full of people, to see her take her Journey. But behold all the banks beyond the River were full of horses and chariots, which were come down from above, to accompany her to the City Gate. So she came forth, and entered the River, with a beckon of farewell, to those that followed her to the River-side. The last word she was heard to say, here, was I come, Lord, to be with thee, and bless thee.

So her children and friends returned to their place, for that those that waited for Christiana had carried her out of their sight. So she went and called, and entered in at the Gate with all the ceremonies of Joy . . .

At her departure her children wept, but Mr. Great-heart and Mr. Valiant play'd upon the well tuned cymbal and harp for Joy. . .

From The Pilgrim's Progress, The Second Part, by John Bunyan

7 comments:

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

My heart feels the for you in the loss here on earth for your friend but know the joy in your heart for that great time when you will meet again across the river.

I love the passage you post from one of the books that I love. connie from Texas

Mimi said...

I know that you will miss your dear friend...but she is now waiting for you in Heaven...with a great big smile on her face and a song in her heart!!!!!!!!!!!!

love the quotes from Pilgrim's Progress...
Mimi

HOPE said...

I can't tell you how this touched the depths of my heart as my friend with cancer passed on to the LORD..Monday. I started praying for Colleen as soon as I found your blog and her story. It was such a blessing to read of her journey of faith and hope in the LORD. I was just struck when I read this post thinking of two young women now with the LORD. In His presence! I'm thankful the suffering is o'er...but I know for Colleen as well as Donna...much fruit has come and will in their departure.

Thank you for sharing the appropriate exert from Pilgrim's Progress.

Mishel said...

I had been following Collen's journey Home as well. I know I've been forever changed by example of faith and trust in the Lord during her journey. Her daughter's post from yesterday was moving as well...

Thanks for sharing this Maxine.

Joyfulsister said...

Aloha Maxine,
I have never read Pilgrims Progress it is such a beautiful reading. I was visiting Hope and read of these precious sisters who the Lord has called home to be with him. A place where there is no more sickness, pain, or tears, no more heartaches, worries or fears.

I enjoyed my visit here dear sister the music is so soothing for the soul as well.

Blessings Lorie

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Maxine..
I have two awards for you on my blog.*smile*
Hugz Lorie

Susan said...

Oh Maxine,

I was so sorry to read about your friend. I visited her blog and was so blessed.

What a special woman she was.

Thanks for sharing this with us, I will be in prayer for her precious family.

Blessings my sweet friend♥