Before the birth of this blog, the grief of Elaine’s accident gripped our family with great shock and disbelief. A healthy sister became a quadriplegic, instantly confined to bed and later power chair. Presently over four years have passed, we now grieve over the physical death of our very active and beloved mother. Our mother brought great comfort and peace to our family. Although two different scenarios, grief for a sibling’s long-term disability both resembles and differs from the grief of parental loss.
Both scenarios totally shocked us: Elaine’s sudden tragic accident and our apparently healthy mother suddenly dying in her sleep. Elaine had no clue she would become a quadriplegic overnight. A few days before Mother’s death, our alert yet aged mother told a close friend that she was ready for Jesus to call her home. Elaine’s ongoing challenges continue in her sadness; Mother’s joy certainly abounds in Heaven.
So how must we live in facing such contrasting yet strangely similar shocking scenarios. We must face each day as a gift from God, making the best of the day divinely given. This life offers no guarantees, yet Jesus promised Heaven to those following Him with all their heart. Tomorrow we are neither promised to be free of accident or even death. However we are promised as believers for Christ’s help to bear our earthly heartaches and grief. He also guarantees the believer an entrance into His heavenly portals when life’s final breath ceases. Are we ready for tomorrow? More importantly, are we ready to face eternity?