Wednesday, February 11, 2009

In loving memory of my beloved friend












My beloved friend and sister-in-Christ, Madam Chan, born AD 1916, returned to be with Christ Jesus her Lord on 6 February 2009, AD at the age of 93.
"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:" Job 19:25-26
Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by my combined Word-Filled Wednesday and Thankful Thursday.

Thanks for your comments, prayers and encouragements.

Sorry for my long silence. Sorry that I have not been able to visit most of you.

My health has not been good in the recent weeks and I was rather overwhelmed by various commitments at home and in church. I am compelled to slow down and rest whenever I can.

I do miss blogging and many of you. Thanks for stopping by. I will try my best to catch up with you as soon as I can!

I am thankful to God for giving me grace and strength daily.

I am thankful to God that my beloved friend and sister-in-Christ, Madam Chan, is now safe in the arm of Jesus. Our dear Lord called home this precious servant of His on Friday, 6 February 2009. Now she is in the presence of the One Who loved her and gave His life for her, to worship Him and enjoy His love and fellowship for all eternity without the hindrance of sin, sickness or sufferings.

I shared about a wonderful reunion with her recently after 10 years interval. Madam Chan is 93 years old and came to know the Lord more than 10 years ago and I was then given the privilege to minister to her. Thank God that she was baptised recently on 7 December 2008.

On the day of her baptism, she said that was the happiest day of her life. She was thrilled and overjoyed to become a part of the Church of Christ. She daily began to pray for her brothers and sisters-in-Christ in the church many of whom she has never met. Being bed-ridden due to her health, she was never able to go to church. But her love for the Lord and His people remain the same.

It is a comfort to be reminded that this is not our home. We too are pilgrims here sojourning for a season and travelling towards the celestial city. One day, we shall be with our Lord Who loved us and gave His life for us, to worship and enjoy His love and fellowship without hindrance.

Meanwhile, we must press on and run the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, seeking, loving and serving our Lord until He calls us home in His time.

Thanks again for stopping by. May God grant you a very blessed week. Take care.

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22 comments:

peggy said...

Oh my precious Nancie, I'm so sorry that you have lost your friend Madam Chan but because you both know the Truth, we can also rejoice as you own words confirm. What a lovely graphic for her at the top and such beautiful words to pay her tribute. I pray the Holy Comforter & Your Great Physician is ever present to see you through the grief and the setback in your health! Sorry to hear that you, too have not been well. Hope that you are on the mend & recovering in God's grace! He is sufficient! Hold on! Thank you for your beautiful words of our precious assurance. May Our Lord bring you comfort & provide as you need to grieve, may He give you the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair so that you may continue to DELIGHT greatly in the LORD as your soul rejoices in this sweet saint now in His Presence! Be strong! Take it easy on yourself! Pace!
Love & hugs,
Peggy

dennis said...

Hello sweet friend, I have really missed you. I am very sorry you have not been feeling well, prayers are being said for you. I am sorry also for the loss of your dear friend. I love you.

marja said...

Hi Nancie, I've been silent for a long time too and not visiting my friends' blogs. But I'm glad to read today's post - to hear about how you're doing.

Yes. I remember you telling us of your reunion with Madam Chan. So good that it was possible for that to happen, eh? You will have good memories of her.

I'm sorry you haven't been well, but glad you're pacing yourself and not trying to do more than you should. Don't get too frustrated when you can't do as much as you'd like, ok? Be kind to yourself, always remembering how much God loves you.

Love - marja

michelle said...

Sorry to hear of dear Madam Chan but you will get to see her again and that is the best part. I would love to meet you and her in Heaven some day. Sorry your health has not been good. neither has mine both bipolar and physically. I will pray for you and you pray for me and we will make it through.

Serendipity said...

Hi Nancie, sure have missed you. Sorry to hear you've been unwell. Will be praying for you. Sorry to hear about Mdm Chan too. But at the same time glad that she has gone home to be with our Father.

Take care now.

deanna said...

I am so sorry to read about your beautiful Madam Chan. I am so happy to know that your separation is only a temporary one because of the faith you share.

Michele Williams said...

Oh I have missed you dear friend! I'm sorry to hear about your friend, but also rejoice with you in her awesome testimony of salvation and that you will see again one day! Praise the Lord.

I certainly understand how you need to step back once in a while to rest. Please take it easy and do not over due yourself. We all love you dearly.

Blessings my dear sweet friend.

Laurie Ann said...

I am so very sorry for your loss, but praising God that she was saved before she went home to be with the Lord! How precious it is when one makes that eleventh hour decision, so-to-speak. May God comfort you in your grief and may you rest in His promise that you will be reunited with her again in Heaven.

I'm glad you're slowing down and not pushing yourself. When we overextend ourselves in service we really can get pressed in, can't we?

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

*HUGS* God bless you my dear Sister and prayers that our Heavenly Father will lift you in comfort and strength.

My sorrows for your lost;Praise God there will be a day, we will be free from sorrow and sickness and reunited with those we love and whose faith is in Jesus Christ.

susan said...

Greeting to you sister Nancie,

I'm so sorry to read you have not been feeling well. You were greatly missed.

I pray you are doing better now.

What a great woman of God that has left us. She is now recieving her rewards.

Great verse, great promise.

Have a blessed day Nancie♥

paula joy said...

Blessings to you today, Nancie! Your words are a blessing to me - the words of Scripture.

Sorry for you loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

May God's love continue to shine on you and through you.

Sue said...

That was a lovely tribute to Madam Chan.

Have a Blessed WFW.

Michele Williams said...

I miss you dear friend. I pray all is well. You are in my prayers.... Love you...

becky aka theRAV said. said...

I have missed you Nancy & wondered if you were well. I worry about you when you don't post for Thankful Thursday. Last wk I posted, but did not link. Hope you will be better soon.

Marsha said...

Nancie, It is so good to hear from you. My sister Michele and I were just talking about you recently, wondering how you are doing.

What a beautiful tribute to Madam Chan. What a blessed woman she is today in the presence of her Savior.

You take care of yourself. You don't worry about us out here in blogland. We're still here and many of us are praying for you, too. You have a special place in my heart, dear one.

Blessings to you this weekend.

Amydeanne said...

Nancie, thanks for taking time to do WFW, even when you're not feeling well. Praying for God's grace on you!

Darlene said...

It's sad to see our friends and loved ones go but happy that we will be seeing them again.

Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!

Susan said...

Want to say hello.Hope you feel better soon.Have a good day and God Bless.

Marissa Miller said...

She sounds inspiring. I am glad that she is with the Lord now.

Erica said...

Great post. I have been thinking a lot about slowing down as well.
Take care of yourself, precious friend.

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Nancie,
Hope you're doing okay. I'm back, and just wanted to say hello!

Susan

Nancie said...

Dear Friends,

Thank you for stopping by, and all your prayers and encouragements!

I am still resting in the Lord and pacing myself moderately. Still unable to return to active blogging but do miss all of you very much.

You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and keep each one of you in His loving care! Take care.

Love,
Nancie