Don’t Cry for Me

Don't weep for me
Though I'm dead and gone
Don't cry that I'm not there.
Don't grieve for me
For I longed to go
And see my Lord and King.

Don't cry for me
Here with my Savior
Now home forevermore.

Death could not win
It's power is gone
Nor the grave impede me.

Cry for your loss
But not my great gain
With fullness of joy...
And pleasures forevermore.

Dear friends, I’m no poet and I know it. But I felt I just had to voice how I’m feeling at my dear father’s passing.

Things have been pretty busy around here, as I said, trying to get used to studying again. A 62-year old student! What was I thinking of? But all in all, I’m loving it and learning so much. I’m blessed to have this opportunity!

And in the midst of it, my dad fell and really started going downhill. On top of his heart problems and other difficulties, they discovered a brain tumor and last week gave him a month at the most. Then suddenly, yesterday, he was gone.

One of my main responses was, “Thank you Lord for answering our prayer to take him quickly.” I didn’t want to hold him here in this vale of suffering through my prayers. He was ready, and he longed to go.

It’s hard that I hadn’t seen him for three years. Only the Lord knows how hard. Distance is tough. But the Lord consoles my heart in knowing that we shall meet again.

O death where is your sting, O grave where is your victory?

1 Corinthians 15:55

Losing a loved one in Christ we cry for ourselves. For our loss, and it is real. But I will not weep for him, nor would I bring him back to suffer. I rejoice in the eternal peace and victory God has brought him to.

Let us rejoice this day in all that Christ has done for us!

Image is my own.

Published by Signora Sheila

Wife, mom, nonna, missionary, and Bible student on a spiritual walk with Christ @mycammino. Because life is at heart a spiritual journey of going further up and further in, into the Father heart of God.

14 thoughts on “Don’t Cry for Me

    1. Thanks Linda. Dad is home. It’s mostly mom we’re concerned for now. After 65 years of marriage it won’t be easy, and her health isn’t the greatest. As my dad used to say, old age isn’t for wimps!

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  1. Oh Sheila. I am so sorry. To be so far away no doubt adds to your pain. Praise God you’re able to embrace fully the hope we have in Jesus. Your dad is running, and leaping, and praising God, I’m sure! And the joy of knowing we’ll see our loved ones again is sweet balm to our grief. Thank you for your poetry and testimony affirming our hope: “He who has promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:22-23)–to keep His word!

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    1. Thanks Patty, but we didn’t even get to say goodbye. He had a brain tumor that they didn’t discover until he was already out of his head. We couldn’t even talk to him on the phone. Last week the doctors gave the news, giving him a month’s time. In less than a week, he was gone. Right before going into hospital he seemed fine. Alert and doing DIY. He got taken to hospital after falling during the DIY, snd then things just snowballed. But I’m grateful. I asked the Lord to take him quickly. Even his grandchildren knew that if there was a person who wouldn’t have handled inactivity nursing homes, etc. it was Grandpa. So I’m thankful in my sorrow. And blessed knowing where he is.

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    1. Thank you Maryjane. Parting is sorrow. But there was joy and celebration in heaven that day. And it’s still going on!

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  2. Your dad reminds me of my own father’s passing and that combination of loss and peace that mixed with my tears. Knowing they are with the one they trusted above all others and yet unable to spend another moment with them. In God’s calendar each of us has a time and yet there is Godly sorrow in their passing. Even Jesus wept. May you be covered in these moments with the peace that is more than we can ever understand.

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    1. Thank you Pastor Pete. Yes it is a big mix. And of course the distance doesn’t help. My main concern now is for my mom. My brothers are near, but she shouldn’t be alone. With the virus calming down we are hoping to go there in June. I think a visit would help mom a lot. How we long for the time when there will be no more sorrow, parting, illness, or pain. And best of all see that one we trusted most of all.

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