Her childhood now a distant memory, Miss Pearl fell asleep that night, recalling her mother’s gentle voice as she sung her altered lullaby to Hush Little Baby, Don’t You Cry:
Shhh…little one now don’t you despair
Father’s gonna give you a home He’s prepared.
Quiet your fears with His Mighty Love
All’s in control from His Throne far above
Let Him wipe those tears from your cheek
For Father’s love is strong and never weak
And when life’s burdens you just cannot face
Father’s gonna wrap you inside his embrace
So when you feel your life’s in a swirl
Know you’ll always be His precious little girl!
Feeling foolish didn’t change her longing desire to once more bask in the arms of her affectionate mother while she rocked her to sleep, reassuring her that everything in her upside down world would be alright.
Oh mother, if only you could be here to fill this foreboding cavern of loneliness. I am frail and old now and my body is cumbersome. I can no longer witness to others as my speech is now slurred. The oil in my lamp is dissipating and my light is dimming. My inability to witness to those who do not know our Lord, grieves me intensely.
The deep furrows now etched upon her face were a constant reminder of her soulful weariness. Feeling imprisoned to a powerful force of uncontrolled sadness, she queried God, “Where are you really, Lord, and why do you allow such pain and sorrow to continue? Not just for me but for everyone who suffers from the afflictions of this cold and diseased world.
I know you desire that none should perish, but I must confess my bewilderment of allowing the innocent to suffer so. Forgive me my complaint Father, but in my confessions, I also feel abandoned by you in my deepest times of sorrow. I am unable to see you, feel you or even hear you as I did with my mother.”
“My child, I am here with you now and have washed away every tear you have shed. I have healed your wounded heart and it will ache no more. You have been a good and faithful servant.”
She now felt herself bathed in an indescribable luminescence of warmth as she felt the reality of being cradled in the arms of her Heavenly Father, her mother had so long ago reassured her of.
When the staff at Golden Years Care Center discovered that Miss Pearl had gone home to supp with the King, they’re hearts rejoiced and were glad.
Yes, they would deeply miss this devoted sister in the Lord, but only for a time. They too anticipated that day when they would all be reunited in God’s great timing.
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