Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Pepaw Snow

One of the things my children love about coming to Colorado is the hope of snow! The delight in snow! The realistic possibility of snow! Last year we got almost none and so far this year is proving the same, however, there is a neat story of the night my Dad went to Heaven.

He was sleeping and we were each doing other things. After finishing our other things, we started getting ready for bed and noticed a few white flakes fluttering through the air. It wasn't accumulating much but it was still exciting to see. As the time approached for Heaven to draw near, the snow continued and collected just a bit on the windshield.

We called it our Pepaw snow, in the midst of sorrow, there was such peace in my heart and this was a visible reminder to my children of God's care and presence with us. Emily called it the Pepaw snow and even went out and collected some of it to put in the freezer.

It was a joy to tell the hospice nurse who came late at night to help us how we saw God at work in the midst. God's kindness was so evident - I cannot explain the overwhelming peace and calm I felt in the moment, the cheerfulness of the nurse, the gentleness of the men from the funeral home who also came in the middle of the night and one of them told us of how Dad had blessed him after his mother passed away.

Each of these things shows us God's nearness and His mercies. Thank You, Lord, for the little flakes of snow that grew our faith and comforted our hearts December 12th. Feel free to send more - the southern kids are eagerly waiting! ;)


Agnes said...

Monica, I can sooooo related.
when my grand-pa died, we were oceans apart. He died on the 1st birthday of my 2nd son and the day of the 1st snow of the season, it was the same feeling of peace and connections to heavens.
Peace, take care of your great family.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

This is so beautifully written. I can tell that your healing is going to come through your writing. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I had been wondering about your dad in recent months and I understand why you couldn't share with us then.

Jen said...

I know these photos are hard, but I also know you will be so glad you have them. Continuing to remember and pray for you and your family.

lisaann said...

I have read your blog for years but never commented. Thank you for sharing these tender moments with your readers.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Moses Lake Temple Project said...

What a beautiful experience that you were able to recognize the Lord's hand in your life during this beautiful and difficult experience.

I'm sorry for your loss and grateful for the peace and comfort you feel.