Monday, 23 January 2012

God's grace in all things!

Dad - back in the day!
Monday morning last week the matron at the frail care phoned and said my dad had taken a turn for the worse.  So we made arrangements and flew to East London (in South Africa) that afternoon arriving at my brother's place late evening.  We sat and chatted and made arrangements to go see my dad in the morning.  5.45am they phoned to tell me he had passed away at 5am.

I was crushed!  Because I felt badly for not going the evening before, for not having a final opportunity to witness to him.  I felt guilty, a bad daughter!  Like I was given an opportunity and threw it away!

And this is how the Lord showed me His grace and mercy:
  • Within minutes of the call my sister-in-law showed me her daily devotional for that day.  It was about God's timing
  • At the home, everyone was gentle and gracious with us
  • At the funeral, which was very short, one woman told me she had often told my dad about the Lord.  I felt God was telling me that many seeds had been planted in my dad's life over time
  • One twitter I read said 'the best 5 words in the bible to them are "we will see His face" '.  That stopped me and gave me hope that maybe, just maybe.... my dad saw the light?
  • The response of my family and friends on facebook, old and new, was so touching and so humbling and I just thought of how powerful prayer is.  Another glimmer of hope for his salvation?
I believe God did 3 things for me:
  1. He showed me His grace with all the support and God "incidences"
  2. He showed me that my dad had been given lots of opportunities to reach out to Him
  3. and finally, He showed me that I was placing myself under condemnation, this is not from God.
Rom 8 v 1:  There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

I will miss my dad, especially the man he was when I was growing up.  I will remember the good and not the bad, but I will also not let the devil place me under condemnation and I choose to see God's grace in my dad's life and in mine.


My encouragement to you is, no matter what you are going through, see God's hand and God's grace in it.

God bless
Tracy

Linking this week with:
Joan of The Beauty in His Grip on Monday  for:

and 
Shanda at A Pause on the Path on Tuesday for:

and
Joan at Reflections of His Grace on Thursday for:

and
Laura at Beholding Glory on Friday for:

26 comments:

  1. Tracy,
    I am so sorry about your dad but also thankful that you felt God's grace so powerfully. I'm continuing to pray comfort over your heart.

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  2. This was such an encouraging post, thank-you for the reminder.

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  3. When I read your story about your Father, I couldn't help but think about when my father passed Oct. 2007 of cancer. The day before he passed, I was at my mom's house and he was upstairs asleep. I was afraid to go in the room because I didn't want to see him in pain. The next morning, my mom called me to tell me that he passed, and I felt guilty because I never got to say how much I loved him or tell him goodbye. I still feel bad about that sometimes.

    At any rate, I am sorry to hear that your father passed, but I am glad that you have found some peace within yourself regarding not being able to share the gospel with him before he passed. I pray that the Lord will comfort you during your time of loss.

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  4. Blessings Tracy; I am so happy that God's grace and strength gave you peace and closure to your feelings of disappointment and grief. His hand IS in all things! :) Praise!

    God Bless,
    Denise

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  5. Tracy,

    So sorry about your father.

    Praying that God's grace continue to wash over you and give you peace and comfort.

    Blessings to you Tracy.

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  6. I know it's so hard not to feel guilty when things like this happen, but you are right, it's not your fault. Big Hugs, lady

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  7. Hi Shanda - thank you, your prayers are really appreciated. And yes, I too am so grateful for His grace for me.

    Hi Stefanie - thank you my friend

    Hi Mara Wildflower - thank you for your comment. I really felt your heart and pray that you too will find complete peace in your loss

    Hi Denise - amen, His hand is in all things. So grateful that He showed me in ways I could see.

    Hi Kandi - thank you, I appreciate that.

    Hi Kelly - ah, thanks for the hugs. So appreciate them

    Ladies, thank you. Your comments are like cool running water over my soul.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  8. Sending you a big hug, Tracy. Beautiful post and beautiful truth!

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  9. Hi Tracy
    God's timing is always perfect. We don't always know the reasons...the, wheres, whys, and whats...but the LORD does. HE was in control like HE always is. Praying that you have a beautiful day because you do live in HIS grace!
    Blessings friend...Chelle

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  10. My condolences to you & your family Tracy. Our Lord is amazing. Only He knows how to truly comfort our hearts. Blessings

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  11. Tracy,

    I'm so sorry for your loss! I know this is a difficult time, but what a blessing that God showed you His grace and support through those around you. I love that you mentioned the person who shared that she had told your dad about the Lord. Seeds were planted. God's timing is perfect. Keep that "glimmer of hope". Blessings to you, Tracy, and take care.

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  12. Friend, you are in my prayers. Sending you a big cyber hug!!

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  13. Hi Eileen - so grateful for the hug :) Thank you

    Hi Chelle - you are so right, God is ALWAYS in control

    Hi Wanda - amen to that, and thank you, i appreciate the condolences

    Hi Joan - Thank you, and yes, I will hang on to that glimmer of hope

    Hi Jenifer - thank you, cyber hug accepted and appreciated and returned :)

    Ladies, God bless and thank you. Your support and comments bless me.
    Tracy

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will pray for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I too, have struggled with this issue with several family members. God's grace and love - what would we do without it?
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  15. I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing away Tracy, I have no idea how that is (I still have my dad). I wish you comfort and peace.

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  16. Tracy - And even in this you see good and find grace. Such a beautiful heart, my friend. I am so sorry for your loss. May His arms of grace carry you, His Spirit of peace reside with you, and the power of His love be more than ever present with you. Love & a big hug to you today. ~ jen

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  17. I'm so sorry for your loss Tracy. I'm not surprised that you witnesses His loving grace in so many people and things. Praying for His comfort to continue on in you. Blessings!

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  18. Sweet One, I am so sorry that you have lost your dad and your disappointment at not being to see him one final time but you know God is in control and His timing is perfect...I am so proud of you for not taking the condemnation and for accepting all the grace God had for you....He knows your heart and you can trust His heart....

    Hugs dear friend....

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  19. Tracy, I love how God gave you these moments to remind you of His grace, mercy, and great love for you. :)

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  20. Hi Tracy. Thank you for popping over today. I always get a smile when I see your name =)
    You probably know from popping in to my space that my father in law just passed right before Christmas. He and my mother in law live with us.
    Even though I see him every day and held his hand tight in his last days, he took his last breath when I walked to my home to do dishes. I too felt such guilt. Even though I have been with him so much. I guess it's just part of the process.
    Trust in the seeds planted and remember He is a big God who loves us and our loved ones more than we ever could. I join you in your praise of His grace that He poured on you in such a difficult time. And so thankful you were reassured that someone was witnessing to him in his final day. Praise the Lord.
    Hang in there...you are loved more than you could ever know!!
    Blessings

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  21. My sweet friend, Tracy-
    Sharing in your sorrow,
    rejoicing in the comfort and grace always given us by our Heavenly Father,
    praying God's continued comfort and peace as you journey through this loss.....

    Sending you hugs and lifting you up in prayer-

    ~Stacy

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    But don't feel pressured to participate. I was just happy to share your blog with others. :)

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  23. Hi Karen - amen, God's grace and mercy, I'd be lost without it. thank you for the prayers and thoughts

    HI Marja - thank you

    Hi Jen - thank you, thanking the Lord too for His grace and mercy

    Hi Heidi - thank you. God has certainly shown me His love in this time through others

    Ah Nancy - thank you. I can just feel your mother heart and am grateful for it.

    Hi Lisa - yes, I love that too. I love that I was able to see God in this, His hand.

    Hi Robin - I too am sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing here how you felt. Makes me feel better about not being there.

    Hi Stacy - thank you and thank you too for the hugs. I am so appreciating all of those right now

    Hi Cathy - thank you. I am honoured. I will certainly pass it along in the next week. Again, thank you

    Hi Liesl - He is just that, AWESOME! Thanks sweet thing

    Ladies, I have been so blessed by all your comments, hugs, prayers, thoughts. You are AMAZING and used of God Again, thank you
    Tracy

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  24. Tracy:

    I am so sorry for your loss and I understand that you have regrets for not going to see him when you first arrived.

    My father was a Christian and he died unexpectedly when I was 21 years old. I rushed out of the house that morning without saying goodbye. While our last meeting was good and we had no harsh words, I spent many months - even years, regretting that I didn't take that one last time to say "I love you, Dad."

    You are right, condemnation is not from God. I am thankful that He used so many people to minister to you during this time.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  25. My Catholic beliefs would say not to stop praying for you Father.

    Peace to you at this difficult time Tracy.

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