I posted this picture a few days ago on Facebook. I thought that today I might add some words and thoughts behind the photo.
Jon was outside for only the second time in his wheelchair since getting it back in the fall of 2019. As I was out working in the yard with our grandson who was running around playing, Jon had maneuvered his wheelchair to the center of the yard, facing the late afternoon sun. I can imagine how wonderful the sun must have felt on his body, as he had only been outside twice in the last nine weeks. Sitting there, while listening to a sermon, he was letting every ray of sun penetrate his body, warming him to the bones.
Tears filled my eyes as I watched this once physically strong man sitting there, barely able to take a few steps. A man who once was able to stand behind a pulpit and preach up a storm, now relying on a machine to help him breathe each breath. A man who had just 4 years ago, walked his first born down the aisle to the arch that now graces our corner flower bed. A man who loves to work with wood, and put together a quick bird house/feeder for me in a matter of minutes and now sits upon the fence post; but can no longer use any of his tools or create any wonderful wood projects. A man who God has chosen to allow this awful disease to take his physical body.
It’s been four months now that he has been on hospice. We both know that his earthly time is very short. Jon’s legs have become extremely weak and being off his ventilator leaves him gasping for air. He is starting to see foot drop in his left leg and weakness in his hands. Eating is now challenging and extremely exhausting. He doesn’t try to talk much anymore as it is very difficult for him and hard to understand.
Some days are tougher than others. There are days when Jon tells me he is just ready to go home. Then there are days when we laugh and smile talking about what it will be like for him in Heaven. There are days of lots of tears and again trying to face reality that this is real.
At the end of each day, I thank the Lord that we’ve had another day together. That we’ve made it through the trials of that day and the Lord once again provided and met every need. We draw strength from your prayers and for those of you who randomly let us know you’re thinking of us, it truly does mean so very much!
Jon has always been very bold about his faith and telling people about the Lord, asking them if they know for sure when they die if they are going to heaven. It’s not that easy for me as it is for him, but I’m trying to work on that. So if you are not sure where you will spend eternity, everything you need to know is on our “Why you need Jesus” page, or if you have questions, please reach out to us! Nothing is more important than to know the day YOU die, you will be forever with the Lord.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13