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Topic: Park (10/25/12)
TITLE: In Her Last Days
By Christine Ramey
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Tears streamed down her face and she tried to catch her breath. It was the first time in a long while that her husband said she was beautiful. Grace smiled and choked back the tears. “Honey, at my age you learn to take things as they come. I’m just enjoying life. It’s just a walk in the park.” She gently explained leaning over to give him a hug and a kiss.
Together they finished the work as quickly as they could. When they stood, he told her, “Then, let me help you enjoy the scenery a bit while you are here. I don’t want you to miss anything babe.” He explained walking to the front porch.
Sitting in the swing he snuggled closely with her. Letting the fresh air comfort them, but Frank’s thoughts were on one thing—what if today were the last time he’d ever see her again? The thought left him breathless. He could not worry about that. He just had to enjoy his time with her now.
Grace had always been a strong woman in both her faith and in her fight against breast cancer. A beast it was. . .really. He could not think about losing this woman he loved so much. “Darling, I just want you to know how much I love you. I can’t imagine my life without you. What am I to do?” he questioned.
She paused only for a moment, “Live!”
Puzzled, he asked, “What do you mean?”
“Live your life, Frank. Let it be pleasing to God. That is all I want for you to do. Don’t question about today or tomorrow—just live.” Just as she was about to say more, Grace took her last breath and went into Heaven.
“Live your life. Let it be pleasing to God?” He wondered what she meant. Those were words he did not know the meaning of. His life was always way to busy and work always came first. For years, he had been chasing a dream that he could never achieve. He had always wanted more of everything.
Looking deep into his wives pale blue eyes, there was one thing that was clear to him in keeping her close to him—she had lived! Grace lived her life like a walk in the park—over and over again. It was evident now that she had true joy and contentment because of it. But, what did Frank have—nothing. He knew he needed Christ.
He called the paramedics while sitting there and waited for their arrival.
In doing so, he held his wife closer taking in each moment that he could. Grabbing her Bible from end table, he opened it and read familiar words that she had quoted for years. It read, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 NIV.
He felt his fingers go numb as he read them. The words had bled deep into his heart. For the first time, he knew what they meant. It was clear. In the distance he could hear the sirens blaring and he held her hand tighter than before. This was the last moment they had together and he told her, “I get it now!” he said. “I get it!” he repeated. “I’m to live with Christ.”
When the men pulled into the driveway and immediately began to get her onto the gurney, and into the ambulance, Frank continued as the men shut the doors, “That’s how you have lived like a walk in the park. You have lived with Christ all of these years.” Frank went to his car and started the engine. “Knock and the door will be opened.” He muttered to himself while turning onto the main road. “I get it. . .seek and you will find.”
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