Should you go first : Beyond the Sunset - Blessed hope of meeting our loved ones again


Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by!

Thank God for seeing us through another week. It's so good to be reminded on every Thursday to count my blessings and remember to give thanks and praise to God.

♥ I thank God for giving me the joy of ministering to an elderly lady, TAM, who is 83 years old. She has been attending my church's evening services whenever she can. She has severe heart failure and may go any time. Some sisters-in-Christ and myself have been visiting her and sharing God's Words and love with her. On Monday, we took her to the hospital for a review on her heart failure and thank God that her condition is stable at the moment. She has been having some relationship problems with her children who do not know the Lord and do not care for her as much as they should. Thank God that recently she is beginning to be more sensible of the Lord's goodness to her and able to see that the Lord is extending His kindness through us to her whereas her own children do not care as much for her. She consciously say "thank the Lord" every now and then. She told my friends and I "thank the Lord for sisters like all of you who are here to help me" :) Thank God. Please pray with me for her genuine conversion. May God continue to do a deeper work of grace in her soul and grant that she may genuinely know His saving grace and find rest and comfort in Him, if she belongs to Him.

♥ Recently, I also have the joy to visit another elderly lady, LH, who is 90 years old. She too attends my church's evening service whenever she can. Sadly, her children and grandchildren too do not care very much for her and she lives alone. She has been unwell on and off and still having bad skin allergy problems on her leg and also experiencing leg pain. She related to my friend and I that recently she was unwell with several ailments and in order to save on medical expenses, she did some self-medicating. She was so thankful that our Lord restored her through these means. She beamed with  joy as she related to us what has happened and she mentioned that "thank the Lord after that I recovered". Please pray that these trials relating to her health and her other needs may continue to turn her to our Lord and she too may come to a true saving knowledge of our Lord in His time, if she belongs to Him.

♥ As I ministered to these 2 elderly lady, I realized that with their age and many illnesses, the Lord may take them home anytime. They are very dear to me and my friends. They are like our grandmothers and we love to spend time with them. It is sad that their own children and grandchildren do not take care of them. But we thank God that through these painful trials the Lord has shown them His great mercies, and they have been led to attend church and hear the Gospel. I will surely be sad should the Lord take them away one day but I am reminded of the blessed hope that believers in Christ has that one day we shall meet the Lord and our loved ones who belong to Him in Heaven. What a blessed hope.

1 Thessalonians 4
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

♥ Here is a very lovely poem "Should you go first" and the song "Beyond the sunset" with this poem in it being narrated by George Younce. When the Lord takes our loved ones home first, be it our husband, wife, father, mother, children or friends, we have the blessed hope of meeting them once again in Heaven where there will be no parting anymore if they too belong to the Lord. May we continue to labour much in prayers and sharing God's Words and love with them if they still do not know our Lord as their Lord and Saviour.

Beyond the sunset Lyrics

Beyond the sunset oh blissful morning
When with our Saviour heaven is begun
Earth stroll is ending oh glorious dawning
Beyond the sunset when day is done

Poem "Should you go first" (narration)

Should you go first and I remain to walk the road alone
I'll live in memory's garden, dear, with happy days we've known
In spring I'll watch for roses red when fades of lilac's blue
In early fall when the brown leaves call I'll catch a glimpse of you

Should you go first and I remain to finish with the scroll
No lenghtening shadows shall creep in to make this life seem droll
We've known so much of happiness yes we've had our cup of joy
But memory is one gift of God that death cannot destroy

Should you go first and I remain for battles to be fought
Each thing you’ve touched along the way will be a hallowed spot
I’ll hear your voice I’ll see your smile
And though blindly I may grope
The memory of your helping hand will buoy me on with hope

Should you go first and I remain one thing I’ll have you do
Walk slowly down that long, long path for soon I’ll follow you
And I want to know each step you take that I may walk the same
For some day, some day down that lonely road, dear
You’ll hear me call your name

Beyond the sunset oh glad reunion
With our dear loved ones who've gone before
In that fair homeland we'll know no parting
Beyond the sunset for evermore
(For evermore)

Here is another video showing George Younce narrating this Poem "Should you go first".

♥ I thank God for my family, my church, my friends and everyone of you, my dear blogging friends, and for your prayers and encouragements. They mean a lot to me.You have made a great difference in my life by your friendship and encouragements. I thank God for every one of you. May God may your visit here a blessed one too!

Thank you for stopping by. Take care and have a blessed day!

Warm Regards,

30 Kind thoughts:

Karen said...

This all was so very beautiful, Nancie...

What a wonderful ministry you are involved in with these elderly is indeed sad that their own families do not show love and compassion for them...

Nancie said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for stopping by. It is indeed a great privilege to be able to reach out to these lovely elderly ladies and share God's Words and love with them. It is a mercy that in their trials in their family and health, they can find comfort and rest in the Lord. It is a comfort that even should our family and loved ones forsake us, God will never leave us nor forsake us. The Lord is our hope. Take care and have a blessed week!

Warm regards,

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Hello sweet sister. You know, no matter how many times I hear that it brings tears. Not so much of sadness but of the thought of seeing my mom whom I lost when i was nine and of seeing my grandmother and so many others.

Unknown said...

Hi Nancie this is my first time to your blog. Your words are very up lifting. Thanks for sharing.

Serving with Joy,

Nancie said...

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the thought of seeing our loved ones who are with the Lord brings tears of joy. Thank God for that blessed hope in Him.

I love you handiworks you put on your post. They are so lovely as usual. Little EJ and the little doxie pup are so cute. Thanks for sharing the video with us. Take care and have a blessed week.

Warm regards,

Rocks said...

Hi Nancie! what a joy to serve the Lord through ministering to the old ladies.

Our womens' group form the church visited a home for the aged once and ministered to them. It was amazing! I hope to do that again sometime soon.

You are a blessing my dear:) keep it up!!

Nancie said...

Hi Sonya,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Welcome! It's good to hear from you. I am encouraged by your TT post too. Thank God for blessing you in many wonderful ways. It's such a comfort that God keeps His promises and He is with us always. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. Take care and have a blessed day!

Warm regards,

Denise said...

You are so precious my friend. Thanks for having such a caring heart for those two elderly ladies, may you be blessed as you bless. I love you.

Nancie said...

Hi Rocks,

Thank God for His many blessings upon you and family. Glad to know that your husband is doing well in his small business. Thank God too for guiding your family to a new way of life soon. May God continue to bless and guide your family!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Denise,

Thanks for stopping by and your encouragement. Thank God for blessing your husband with the job and he is doing well. Glad that he will receive the paycheck soon. Praise God for providing for your every need! Thanks for praying for us. I am praying for you too. I love you.

Warm regards,

Joshlin said...

My prayers went up!

Jessica Kramasz said...

What a beautiful post. It really seems that when we obey the command to care for the widows and orphans WE are the ones who end up being most blessed. I will be praying for TAM.

becky aka theRAV said...

It is so sad that families do not take care of the elderly as they should. I just do not understand it. Thank God for you being there for them Nancy. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes.
"You may be one person but you maybe the world to one person." or something like that. Many blessings upon you for what you have done for them.

Joan Hall said...

Beautiful post, Nancie. What a blessing it must be to care for these two elderly ladies.

Love the song. My husband is a fan of Southern Gospel and really liked George Younce.

Nancie said...

Hi Joshlin,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your prayers! My prayers go up for you and family too.

Thank you for your lovely post on all things happen in God's time and in His way. I need to hear this today! I can surely identify with you in these struggles. Thank God that He loves us and His plan for us in the best as He works them out in His timing. I need much grace to put my complete trust in Him and His precious promises. I am a forgetful person and need His gentle reminder every now and then. Thank you for these precious reminders!

Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Redeemed1,

Thanks for your visit and prayers. I am praying for your pregnancy too. May God continue to watch over you and the baby. Glad that the fence is installed and things are going well with everybody. Such sweet beagles you have. Do take care and rest as much as you can. God bless you and family!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Becky,

Thanks for your visit and encouragements.

Happy Birthday to Rhett! Glad that he has had a memorable day with all of you. Life is full of ups and downs, good news and bad news, isn't it? A lot of things we may not understand but we know He loves us and will always work His best for us! Thank God for the wonderful ways He has been working in the different circumstances in your life, and blessing you in many ways. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,

Nancie said...

Hi Joan,

Thanks for your visit and encouragements. That's a love picture you post on your blog. Great shot. I am also thankful for the beauty of God's creation. I love photography and capturing something of the beauties of God's creations. It always remind me that we serve a Great and Mighty God, and He watches over us daily just as He cares for the sparrow and the lilies. And amen! God's gift of salvation is inexpressible, indescribable. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,

jo.attalife said...

Nancie, I've been reading this book, and I thought of you. I know your particular struggle is deeper than I could ever comprehend but I pray for your healing and comfort and continued abiding with Him. God bless you.

Nancie said...

Hi Jo,

Thanks for your visit. I read your review of the book "Anatomy of The Soul" by Curt Thompson. Glad that Tyndale Blog Network allowed you to get this book for free in exchange for an objective (not necessarily positive) review.

This sounds like an interesting book. It is indeed not easy to understand how the brain works. We have a great Creator! And He cares for us. I am learning too the importance of letting God and His Words to renew my mind always and fight against wrong thinking patterns. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,

Whidbey Woman said...

I work as a Recreational Therapist at a skilled nursing facility. God has given me a heart for his people, especially the elderly and those with disability. So, your post really touched me.

Up Close said...

God bless you!
May you have a blessed day.

Nancie said...

Hi Whidbey,

Thanks for your visit. It is really nice to hear from you.

My prayers go up for you and Ron. I know how difficult it must be for you as I too am asthmatic. May our Lord strengthen and restore you speedily. Thank God for giving Ron courage and grace to fight with cancer of the colon. May our loving and gracious God preserve and restore him too. I am so thankful too that we can bring every care, no matter how small, to our Lord and He comforts us with His Holy Spirit and His Words. May He keep both of you in His love and shower you with tokens of His lovingkindness and grace. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Praying for you and Ron,

Nancie said...

Hi Carmel,

Thanks too for your visit. It's so nice to hear from you.

Thank God for providing for your family's needs. Amen! God hears our prayers and He provides in His wonderful ways. I am always reminded that He Who cares for the lilies and feed the sparrow, care so much more for us. He is our Shepherd and He promised that we will not lack anything we need. Thanks for sharing with us your thankful heart. Take care and may God continue to keep you and hubby in His love daily and shower tokens of His lovingkindness upon you, and provide for your every need. Have a blessed weekend!

Praying for you,

Barbara said...

What a wonderful ministry you have here Nancie. And what a beauiful poem.

Nancie said...

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for your visit. It's nice to hear from you.

I saw the beautiful pictures of your garden and plants. I love gardens and plants too. It's interesting how the Blackbird used plastic to line up it's nest. I am sorry to know that a Magpie raided the nest. Good of the Robin to build a nest behind this ivy. So lovely to have beautiful scenes in your garden. Take care and have a very blessed week!

Warm regards,

Peter Stone said...

Thanks for sharing this heart warming view into your work with these lovely ladies.

And praise the Lord for that blessed hope we believers have in Christ :) A hope such as this is the source of so much strength.

God bless

Nancie said...

Hi Peter,

Thanks for stopping by. Praise God indeed for the blessed hope we have in Christ, a hope that gives us strength daily.

Thanks for sharing the great article on "What causes depression". It is very enlightening. I hope more people get to read this. I totally agree with you. Depression is a very complex condition and many Christians have sadly mistaken that it is solely due to spiritual problems. I was under this false notions for some 17 years until I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) during a relapse of very severe clinical depression.

I am still learning to understand depression and mania, and have come to the realization that they are mixtures of many causes. Thank God that He is with us and He does not delight in our sufferings. He is the One holding tightly to us in our most difficult time and He draws us closer to Him to know Him in very real and personal way, and He lifts us up in His time. These experiences, awful as they are, can have a sanctifying effect on us and help us to grow in the Lord as He and His Spirit and Words become so real to us when nothing else helps. Thank God for always working all things for our good. Take care and have a blessed weekend and Lord's day.

God bless,

Wendy said...

This was such a blessing, dear, as we are faced with the spread of cancer in a dear, dear friend of ours. She is a faithful sister in the Lord, so we know we will see her again, but the thought of losing her soon is very hard indeed.
I write this with tears streaming down my face, yet comforted by your words and these songs, and the poem. The words of hope and assurance in the Word, and the presence of our Dear Heavenly Father sustain us at times like these. Thank you for sharing.
Faith's Firm Foundation

Nancie said...


I am praying for you and your dear sister-in-Christ. I share your pain and grief in this difficult time. It is indeed a great comfort for the assurance that she will be in the presence of our Lord to enjoy His love and worship, and you can have the comfort that one day you shall be reunited with with where there shall no more parting. This is our hope and comfort. May our Lord fills you and your sister-in-Christ with His love and hope. Take care.

Warm regards,


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