This past weekend my granny passed into the arms of Jesus. Though I am tempted to say she lost her battle to Alzheimer's, I am choosing to say she won her battle of enduring this life and finishing her race.
"So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it's raised imperishable; it's sown in dishonor, it's raised in glory; it's sown in weakness, it's raised in power; it's sown a natural body, it's raised a spiritual body."
- 1 Cor. 15:42-44
Praise God her body and mind are healed and she is with Jesus now.
Alzheimer's stole so much from us, but I've always viewed my granny as a picture of strength in our family - even as the disease slowly took her mind away from us. She raised 3 kids and loved & served my grandpa through his battle with cancer.
She taught me how to paint watercolors.
She played old church hymns for me on her piano.
She was strong-willed and a loving hard worker.
She was 4' something and full of sass.
We share a name.
My Granny's life was very beautiful and, even in sickness, was not in vain because of the eternal value my Jesus gave her soul.
Walking through the death of a loved one is something we don't talk about often. Even when we know it's coming and expected we still feel it sting. Though I am sad she is gone and grieving the loss of her and what her condition took from us, my heart is so hopeful heavenward. I am hopeful for life after this. Her mind is healed and she is singing hymns in heaven with those who arrived before her.
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:18
I know she wasn't perfect, but the legacy she left behind (of the person we knew her as) is one I hope to carry on.