At the age of eighty-six, my grandmother is homebound and deals with chronic body aches and pains.
I have many wonderful memories of my grandmother as a child. She was very active and loved to cook, spend time outdoors, and work in her yard. Many times she would take me camping or on bike rides. She loved to take me into her lush backyard and teach me about trees and plants.
Her mind is not as sharp as it was. She no longer enjoys reading, cooking, or camping. I find myself grieving for someone who is still with me but unable to do things she once enjoyed.
In a recent conversation, she told me she was ready to go. It made me sad that she no longer wanted to try. Then she gently reminded me of the promise that awaits us in heaven where our earthly bodies will be transformed. There we will no longer experience the aches and pains of this life.
While I hope I have many more years on this earth, this promise gives me hope and assurance of what is to come—even if it means saying good-bye to someone I love. There is joy in this promise.
Take in the promises of God, and know that you, too, will someday be transformed.
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