*Update: This afternoon Nonnie passed and is now with her heavenly father, the creator of the universe, the beginning and the end, our King, The Lord Almighty, The Great I Am!
"Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Todays Thankful Thursday is all about a very special lady that will be entering heaven's gates within hours or even minutes from me writing this. Her name is Evelyn Hill and she is one of God's most beautiful creations. Though she is not my natural grandmother, I have been blessed to call her Nonnie for the last 16 years. She is 92 years old, has 3 children, 7 grandchildren and if I'm not mistaken 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.
I am thankful that yesterday I was able to stand with my husband's precious family and pray over this wonderful lady, and to sing to a hymn to God with full knowledge that she is a believer and will soon be in paradise. God is so good to have given my mother-in-law and father-in-law the last couple of years to care for Nonnie, and to allow my children to see all the wisdom and love that Nonnie holds. Over the last year, Nonnie has shared so many stories of her early years with me and the struggles and trials she faced as a young girl. There is not a tougher lady, and watching her cling to life yesterday made me truly break down. Thankfully, she is not suffering and will only have to endure her earthly body for a brief time.
The picture I keep imagining in my head is the welcoming party that will greet Nonnie as she enters heaven. Because of her age, so many loved ones are already waiting. From her parents she lost at a very early age, to her sisters and her brother, and finally her precious husband who left this world 22 years ago, what a reunion it will be! I'm sure he will be eager to call out the nickname he used for her, "Angel" as they finally see one another again.
Here is Nonie about a year ago with my Annie.
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