Saturday, May 24, 2008

At Peace With Jesus

I've told close friends, but I've been too busy to actually let my blog readers know.
My grandfather, who had been sick for quite a while, passed away early last Thursday morning. To be honest, I never knew him in a close, personal way, though it was better when he came to live with us. He was ready to go and the Lord had prepared us for him to leave. Papa is definitely in a place that we can only try to imagine (and I do try!).
The funeral was this morning and it was good to see the family that lives a few hours away that we rarely see. I was honored to be able to play the piano for Papa's funeral.
My mother and I had planned on singing a song for his funeral, but we didn't have what we needed, so I'll leave the words at the end of this post.

I found out something about a dear friend today and I was crying when I heard. I had somewhere to go, so I had to hold my tears in, though I wanted to weep hard. I can't tell anything right now, I just want to ask for prayer for my friend and for my family in our loss.

Come To Jesus
By Chris Rice

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by.
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk, sometimes we
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!


eliasboudinotismyfriend said...

I will be praying for you...

Keep your eyes on Him!

PoetLady said...

I'm sorry to hear you have lost your grandfather. I'm sure he was proud to have such a sweet, talented granddaughter like you.

Thinking of you and your family,
Maria (Anna's sister)

Victoria said...

Dear Miriam,

The funeral of your grandpa was very special--I loved all the singing and your piano playing was beautiful. Your dad did so well in tying everything together and it must have been hard to do that as it was his own daddy.

"Come to Jesus" would have been special as well. Thanks for sharing the words.

Praying with you for your friend.
Love you, Anna's Mom

Jody said...

Beautiful words to the song. I would love to hear the music too. I am sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers.

Sheila said...

I'll be praying, Miriam!

Mardi said...

Hey Miriam. I'm praying for y'all and for your friend too. The lyrics of the song are beautiful.

~*~Matthew 11:28-30~*~

Luke said...


I will be praying for you and your family as well as your friend. Both of my Grandmothers passed away within 6 months of each other this past year. It is sad to have them gone, but there is a definate peace as a Christian that we know they are in the presence of Christ. One day we will be with them there!


Maria Pauline said...

I'll keep your family and your friend in my prayers. :) God be with you!

Sloan said...

I will be praying for you Miriam. God bless!

Sloan <><

Miriam Rebekah said...

I thank everyone for their prayers!

Come to Jesus has a lovely melody.
Here's a link to a video of it.

Ella said...

Miriam, my dear, you have been in my prayers!! God is good!

sydney said...

Dear Miriam,

I'm so sorry about your Papa! Please pass on my sincere condolences to your family for me!

I lost my Gramparents and Great Aunts from 1999-2003. My family and I all took care of each of them and lived with them over 4-day weekends at first and then we moved my gramma in with us in her last year (she was last to go). It is hard to lose loved ones...even those you don't know as well. I understand how you all must miss him! May God's peace and love be with you especially during this time! Your family will be in my prayers, as well as your friend and her family!

I love the song "Come To Jesus." Wonderful words!

God Bless,


Robert said...

I'll pray for you and your friend.They are good lyrics and I was able to hear the song on youtube.

A Young Lady In Waiting said...

I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for you and for your family

Don't let go of His hand!


Beverly said...

Praying for you - cling to those everlasting arms! {{{hugs}}}

Darelina said...

Praying! So sorry to hear about your grandfather.

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

I am praying for your family. I know how tough it is to lose a grandfather, and I will keep you in prayer.