December 21, 2008

The day before Danni died many things transpired; one thing I remember is that she began to sing. Her song was beautiful. Through the medication fog she sang, “Haw-weh-ooo-yah, haw-weh-ooo-yah, haw-weh-ooo-yah,” over and over she sang these words, pure hallelujahs from her heart to her King.

This morning as I lay in bed thinking of her I heard her sing again, clear as the wind whirling around the house, “haw-weh-ooo-yah, haw-weh-ooo-yah,” I can hear it in my heart as I write. I feel her close to me today, I know she’s gone but she’s close. Pure and sweet, I hear her and tears of joy streamed down my cheeks.

I know where she is, I don’t have to worry.

I was thinking about Luke 21 this morning. “When will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” was the question the disciples had for Jesus on this particular day (Luke 21:7). He answered them with several things to look for such as:

Those coming in his name claiming, ‘I am he, and, ‘the time is near.’ (vs. 8) Revolutions, nations rising against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms, (vs. 9-10), great earthquakes, famines and pestilence in various places, fearful events and great signs from heaven. (vs. 11)

We will be persecuted and betrayed by close family members, we will be witnesses for him and he will give us words to speak to those who do these things to us, men will hate us because of Jesus but we will not perish if we stand firm. (Paraphrase of Luke 21: 12-19).

Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies and scripture says “…you will know that it’s desolation is near…” It goes on to instruct us as to what we should do at that time…FLEE to the mountains! (vs. 20-21) There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars, we will be perplexed at the roaring and tossing of the sea, men will faint from terror. (vs. 25-26)

What does this have to do with Danni’s song? Look at verse 28 of Luke 21 “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” I love that! Danni sang when she saw her redemption drawing near.

I wonder if she saw Jesus coming on the clouds for her, if she heard the angels singing and sang along with them. For all the doom and gloom of this scripture, there is hope, hallelujah! There is hope!

Later on in that same scripture Jesus warns us to be careful not to let our hearts be weighed down with “dissipation (breaking up and scattering by dispersion, dissalolute: indulgence in sensual pleasure, useless or profitless activity), drunkenness and the anxieties of life..” because “it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.” (vs. 34-35)

Jesus last words in this scripture are this in verse36, “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

I’m not even going to pretend that I know where we are in the scheme of things but these last words ring in my ears like the sweet “haw-weh-ooo-yahs” of my daughter and I want to be able to stand before the Son of Man (JESUS) with as pure a heart as she did.

Father, help me not be off my guard for one minute and when you come I pray you would find faithfulness in me, I pray for myself and all I love that we would be able to escape all that is about to happen. Thank you Father that you delivered Danni safely home! I praise you! I praise you!

Be with us and make us very aware of your presence with us today. Where I have sinned, I ask your forgiveness and that you would cleanse me with your precious blood once again. For those who don’t know you but are called according to your purpose I pray for salvation to come quickly to them so that they may be watchful as well.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, I sing with Danni, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah….come quickly Lord Jesus! Amen.


Anonymous said...

Amen, Christy...Amen!
I understand the feeling of how you feel her close...as I still do my loved ones that have went home to Jesus.
I understand.

Anonymous said...

Praise Jesus!! Christy I know as you face this along with many holidays in the future it will be difficult, but hold those memories close and precious in your heart and time will help heal the hurt and what's left will be the awesome memories and joy you felt durring those memories. It's been almost 20 years since my dad's gone to be with Jesus and 8 years since I lost my brother and I've decided I can hardly waiting to celebrate Jesus's birthday in heaven. I mean can you imagine the choir and the band we will have in glory? Hallelujah!! And Danni will be their with her "haw-weh-ooo-yahs" joining in the worship. What a glorious time that will be.
I pray God gives you and your family a most blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We Love YOu, We Love You, We Love You,

Anonymous said...

Christy, It's been 30+ years since I lost my Grandfather and I am so amazed @ his presence still today. At 1st I feared life without him, then I wondered if I would forget the memories. God amazes me with all the things that remain in my heart from my Grandfather's guidance. I understand how God took this person and used him to direct my path. There are times when I find so much peace with the thought that he is right here beside me in spirit. What an amazing feeling. I happened to be cleaning out my closet a couple of weeks ago and I found an old T-shirt of his(I use to get them for pj's when Gramma would yell at him for keeping them until they were tooooo holey). People might accuse me of being a little crazy for hanging onto this sooooo long, but I couldn't help but feel his presence once again. It's kind of like feeling the brush of angels wings across your face. It's a God thing that not everybody can relate to. I'm so thankful for God's journey here on earth, I can only imagine what it will be like in Heaven. And Danni eat a piece of cake for me too. "haw-weh-ooo-yahs" Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!
I am thinking about you so much right now...knowing how much you are missing your loved one. You rejoice for her knowing that she is in heaven with our dear Jesus. But still longing to see her smile and hear her lovely voice. I understand...I really do. She does hear you...and sees you too. I have you in my thoughts and prayers. Love to your entire family!