January 11th 2011
During the holiday break, theUrbanPromise International fellows held a concert at the Souderton Mennonite Home. Here Lindsey tells a heartwarming story from the event: After the performance, I was talking with two women that were seated in the front row. They were so thankful for our visit. One of the women started to stand and I quickly realized that she would not be able to do so on her own. Her walker was just inches in front of her, but she couldn’t muster the strength to reach out and pull herself up. I bent over to support her as she stood.
As I was helping I wondered "What it is like for this woman to need a stranger to help lift her body from her seat to a walker?" It’s hard for me to imagine what it must be like for people as their bodies age and they can no longer do the things that are so common in our daily lives. As people age, they confront new physical limitations and they face the inevitable...that relatively soon, life will come to an end. It must be difficult to accept.
After the woman was standing, I made my way toward Doreen. She was talking with another woman, Sarah. They were both smiling and laughing, there was clearly a connection between them. She was so impressed by Doreen’s testimony about joy…and a sense of joy despite struggles. As she prepared to return to her room, Sarah bent over toward Doreen, grabbed her right shoulder, looked deep into her eyes and said "I will see you in heaven". It was a beautiful moment.
I imagined Sarah and Doreen reuniting in heaven...smiling and laughing again. Christians from every nation and tongue will meet and rejoice together. This is so exciting to me! It reminds me of when Paul says, "I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body" (Phil 1:23-24). I can relate to that too. It is better by far to be with Christ in heaven, but while we are in our bodies, there is work for us to do here. God still has plans for the woman who could not manage to stand on her own and in time, I hope she will be free of the pain of her earthly body and will be rejoicing (and dancing!) before Jesus.