I believe those of you that I have addressed here will remember my
Mother and will be glad with me that she has entered the presence of Our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was my very dear friend and the most
"Godly" woman I have known over the years of my life.
The Lords timing was incredible in that my family saw her turn for
the worse on Sun. Feb. 5th and called here to our house in Maun that
day. The pilots family that was here called the SIM guest House in
Namibia where we were staying for the second night of a long planned and
awaited vacation (with no phone contact). When they were unable to get
through they prayed that if I really needed to know this they could
reach me. They tried again a few minutes later and got through--we had
left just minutes before!!
Mean while we had a very lovely holiday and the Lord really
encouraged me from Ps. 40 especially 3-8 during those days, EvaLynn had
asked me on Fri. morning when we were cuddled up together on the couch
in the Chalet if I thought she would know grandma Harmon if we got to
see her again when we went on home leave. I said yes but to remember
that my mom was in the nursing home and would not know us. After a time
at Etosha in Northern Namibia, we went out to the Beach at
Swakopmund...It was lovely and reminded me of Times at Virginia Beach
and especially our Days in Guam....we traveled to Windhoek on Tues.
Morning the 12th....as we drove David and I had quite a long
conversation about aging, dealing with it ourselves, and parents, and
aunts and uncles etc.
When we arrived again at the guest house the host said they had had
the phone call on the previous Mon. we called the pilot and he gave us
the news that it was about my "Mama" as I always called her. She was
quite sick/feverish, and my brother had left a number for us to call.
He also had the news that David's Dad had tried to contact us. David
said to me immediately "Sally, know you can go directly from here if you
need to." I said well lets call first.
When my brother answered he was on his cell phone driving in very
snowy windy conditions....He said "Sal, Mother has had her
graduation...she left us for home on Fri. the 9th at about 5 am.
Everyone was here but you, we had services on Mon. and it was a very
sad/happy time." Much more was said and after he and his wife Esther
delivered their son Elliot to the University they drove back to Huron
and arranged a speaker phone call to David and I at the guest house "on
their nickel" it was an awesome call...they each greeted me/us, sang
mamas requested graveside song "My Hope is Built on nothing less than
Jesus Blood and Righteousness." And told me many details-- we had both
laughter and tears....my four brothers and their wives were there on the
phone, one sister (one, Rachel had to get back to her home for the
14th!! to work) and many of my nephews and nieces. And a dear dear
family friend Lela Maxwell - it was a phone call to remember.
Back to the timing....only God could arrange the details and the
fact that I would not have to debate with myself about "to go or not to
go" ....he is so gracious to us....I grieve yes and I missed out on the
Graduation Party, and I do love a surprise party...but the Lord is good
all the time. I Peter 3:15 "and be ready always to give and answer for
the HOPE that is in you. Indeed "My Hope is built on nothing less than
I love you Ladies and (the associated Men) just wanted you to hear.