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When the Morning Comes

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  1 Thessalonians 4:14 NIV

when the morning comesGlenden had been married about a year when she became sick in December of 1948.

Glenden’s illness started as a cold, but she worsened and was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia. Because she was pregnant, the doctor admitted her to the hospital for treatment.

Being well-loved, Glenden received many visits from her husband, parents, and siblings. Mary Catherine, Glenden’s younger sister, remembers being six years old the evening she and her mother went to the hospital. Glenden’s mother sat by her bed, held her hand, and prayed for God to heal her daughter and unborn grandchild on earth or in heaven. She prayed for God’s will in her daughter’s life.

As Mary Catherine and her mother left the hospital room that night, she said the following to Glenden: “I’ll see you in the morning.” Mary Catherine thought, Oh boy, she’s coming home.

Later that night, after everyone had gone home, Glenden died. Mary Catherine said, “It was years later when I realized Momma was talking about the resurrection.” At twenty-four, Glenden had gone home to her Savior.

Death is a natural part of life. However, being a believer means we put our hope in Jesus, the one who was raised from the dead. We don’t know how many days we have on this earth, so we should make the most of each day.

Tonight, when you go to bed, take a few moments to pray for forgiveness, for the people you love, for the people who hate you, and for God to answer your prayers. 

(photo courtesy of pixabay.com.)

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Lisa Holley

Lisa Holley is a wife of thirty-five years, mom, and grandma, currently living in beautiful historic Jonesborough, Tennessee. In her free time, she enjoys writing Christian devotions while sharing her unique family history. She is a part of a local creative circle of writers group and a certified story collector.