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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day

This is Jordan, Janet's daughter, giving a brief update.

Not a lot has changed since Jenna last posted. My mom has been in hospice since last Thursday. Since being here, her body has slowly declined. Overall she has been very peaceful and in no pain. She is to the point now where she is mostly sleeping, and not eating or drinking anymore. Her body is showing signs that the end (or beginning for her), indeed, is near.

God has given us all such peace through this time, and we are so thankful for the sweet moments we were able to have together leading up to what is soon to come. It's been strange, though, all this taking place leading up to Christmas. It's caused me to pause and reflect on what Christmas really means. Because quite frankly, it just hasn't "felt like Christmas" at all - which led me to start a blog of my own where my first post is about this very topic - what makes Christmas feel like Christmas. You can check it out here.

My mom has built an incredible legacy with her life. A legacy that, I pray, will not end with her passing from this life to the next. I pray that my family and I can continue what she started, and ultimately, what Christ started in her.

Our hearts ache beyond what words can express. I have no idea what the days ahead of us hold. We are losing a precious gift - Mom, G-ma, Lucy (Tony's sweet nickname to her), a daughter, a sister, a friend...  But I thank God for the hope we have in Him. That this is not the end! We do not set our hope on what is seen, but on what is unseen. On the day when we will all be united with Christ as His bride. I thank God for this hope! I thank God for Jesus, and that even in the midst of such sorrow, we can rejoice in hope.

Merry Christmas!

(And Happy 51st Birthday, Mom! She said to us two weeks ago how wonderful it would be for her to get to see Jesus face-to-face on her birthday. She just might get that birthday wish. And what a wonderful gift she will be in heaven!)

"This is the day that The Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."

6 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to your family. Your Mom sure has left you an amazing legacy. She has touched my heart and I will always remember her courage, strength, love, faith and HOPE. I am sure going to look her up in Heaven. Continuing to pray for you all as you walk this road.

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  2. Hi Jordan,
    I have followed your Mom's journey for some time now (but have never commented. Oddly enough I am today of all days!). I lost my Mom through a battle with breast cancer at the age of fifty. I think that's what drew me to your Mom's story to begin with.

    Your Mom has touch people near & far ( I live in Canada's Arctic). Her legacy will indeed live on. Although I do not know her personally I feel like she has encourage me in my walk in faith! She has truly been amazing in both her words & actions through her journey.

    May god bless you & your family during this difficult time. May Janet find all the peace & love she deserves.

    Florence

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  3. Jordan thanks for letting us know how she is doing. She has been on my mind in a constant and powerful way for months and especially in the last few weeks. And I find myself drawn to a constant state of prayer for you all. I have traveled this same road you are on twice now, first with a beloved grandmother and then with my father. It is a tough place to stand and yet an incredible honor. God's continued peace and strength to you all I pray on this blessed Christmas Day. I love you Janet.

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  4. Jordan...I too have been checking daily, sometimes several times a day to see how things are going. While spending a full day with family today celebrating the birth of our Savior, I have prayed often in the quiet of my own heart, for your mama and your family. I understand the pain but I also understand the peace that ONLY God gives in these difficult days. One thing I wanted to share with you is how very happy your mother would be to read these words you have shared for us to read! A beautiful testimony of God's PERFECT peace in the midst of a storm. I can tell you, there is no greater gift that a mother desires than to know her children walk with the Lord. I'd say there could be no greater gift to her than your words written for so many to read! May God bless you all deeply as you face these final hours, knowing there is a sea of personal friends as well as "blogland" friends that have faithfully prayed for your sweet mama during the past 2 years. God has been glorified because of it! And HE will continue to be as you remain in Him. Prayers will continue from Indiana.

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  5. Your words are beautifully written! My heart aches at her passing yet rejoices in her "homecoming."

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  6. What a stunningly heartfelt and evocative expression of faith, hope and emotion! Thank you Jordan...you will help to carry on with your Mother's legacy!

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