I’ll Fly Away

Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away;
To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

When the shadows of this life have gone, I’ll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

This post is going to be a little different, so bear with me.  Today my Grandma passed away.  All afternoon I have been thinking of the lyrics to this song.  You see, she has been fighting a protracted battle with Alzheimer’s disease for the last several years.  We have watched this disease rob her of her memories and dignity.  What makes me sad about this illness is that she was always a very dignified lady.  She was always put together with her pearls, her church outfits, her matching shoes and purse.  In her home everything was in its place and organized.  This was just how she was.

So now, she has flown away.  Although it is a sad day, I am thankful that God chose to take her home.  You see, she made the decision long ago that would guarantee where she would spend eternity.  So to her, this is a home going.  Now she will get to see my Grandpa again.  Now she will get to rejoice at the feet of her Savior.  Now she is free from the grip of an illness that robbed her of these last few years.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:6-8:

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

As believers, we know that it is not a bad thing to leave this world and go home to Heaven where we can be with the Lord.  That is an amazing promise that His word provides us.

We can go forward with the hope that is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

So today we mourn for ourselves, but we know that this is not the end.  It is merely another facet of life.  We will go on and know that we will see her again.

We have hope and we know that Grandma is in ” a place where joy will never end” now that she has flown away.

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  • Keisha Hull

    I am so sorry…
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during such a challenging time.