Written by Aunt Joyce
I sat beside her just a week ago at our last meeting of Solemn Assembly. I turned to her and said: I love you, Nancy. She looked at me and said: I love you, too, Joyce.
A few days later she was in the Father’s House. ‘Eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him….’
Unaccustomed to the dazzling light of Glory, so lately come was she
From earth’s dark labyrinths of shadows,
With eyes of wonder, she beholds the beauties
Of celestial majesty spread out before her;
With heart so full of indescribable delight
She hears the sounds of harmony she’s never heard before!
But wait – What now does her eye behold?
The Wonder has centered in the light-filled eyes of One she knows and loves
Yet Who up to now she has not seen - except with the eye of Faith!
With awe and worship she gazes upon His Holy Beauty,
Such love overwhelms her soul, she listens to a Voice as of many waters, saying:
Welcome Home! You have come, He said, in answer to My call.
For your delight and joy in every way, these things have been prepared –
Things your earthbound mind could not imagine but which now you see and hear.
Look and listen and glory in their beauty for they are yours because - you love Me.
But wait, that’s not all, He said, My brightest jewels are coming through the gate!
Come with me and see the precious eager crowd of My children there.
They have just arrived from Haiti and I wanted you
To stand with Me and welcome them Home!
They’ve come through trauma and loss of all around them
To the Heavenly Home of warmth and joy and fulfillment at last;
Where hunger and sorrow, earthquakes and tsunamis, cannot touch them ever again.
And so she stands, with arms outstretched beside her Saviour;
In awe she contemplates the Salvation He has completed for His own.
She gathers to her heart these little ones once lost and far from God.
For He has called them, too, from living in the Shadowland outside the Gate
Into the Reality of His presence – into the Fulness of Life in His Father’s House.
Together they raise their voices in Praise to Him!
With such multitudes streaming through my Gate just now, He said, I wanted you
To join my welcome Team – to stand with me to greet my other sheep whom I love,
To hug the little ones, to reach out a healing hand to my wounded ones –
To watch with me as they become strong and whole in My Presence.
Yes, she said, there is no greater joy than to be a ‘ministering angel’
In the courts of my Lord! My heart responds to His voice –
This is what I’ve been practicing for lo, those many years on earth!
To serve Him in His heavenly Kingdom is my highest calling.
I fall in worship and praise at the feet of my Lord.
Amen! Blessed in the eyes of the Lord is the death (Homecoming) of His saints!
written by Joyce Wiebe ~ at 2 a.m., Friday, January 15, 2010 ~ for Nancy who has gone from the Shadowlands into the shining Presence of His Glory