Thank you for your prayers - More are needed now for our family
I feel like this post needs a little background information if you haven't been reading my posts for a long time.
In October 2007, I wrote about my mother-in-law and about the fact that we brought her to live with us following a bad back injury. I also wrote about my good friend David, who passed away last March.
More recently, I wrote a post asking for your prayers for my mother-in-law and father-in-law:
My mother-in-law's condition continued to deteriorate this past week, and yesterday my wife Pam made a very difficult decision to stop dialysis, at least for yesterday, because the nurses were concerned that Jackie wouldn't survive the treatment.
Pam made arrangements to bring Jackie to our home today, so that she could die in a place where people genuinely loved her. God had other plans, apparently. Around 5am this morning, we got a call from the hospice people informing us that Jackie's condition had changed. Pam went to be with her, and Jackie passed away around 9am. It was a very peaceful end to a long illness.
We are both genuinely happy that Pam was able to be there with her mom at the end of her life. Also, we are happy that Jackie is no longer in pain or trapped in a body that wasn't working anymore. I do sincerely appreciate your prayers, and if you think of it, please pray for strength and peace for all of us.
Jackie lived with us for about a year and a half until late March, so our older kids were able to get to know her really well. This is truly a blessing.
Frankly, none of us would be Christians if it weren't for Jackie. She taught my wife to love the Lord, and my wife taught me. Together, we have taught our kids about Jesus. Her life touched many others, both directly and indirectly. Today, Jackie is free, and for that we are sincerely thankful and relieved.
Pam doesn't want to have a traditional funeral for her mom, so we are hoping to have a nice dinner out with friends and family and we'll probably watch one of Jackie's favorite movies as a group, and tell stories. Jackie never liked funerals, and she never liked the idea of being a burden or making other people sad. We want to honor her in a way that she would enjoy.
Thank you again - this community is filled with supportive friends.