Although the angel ornament hangs from an evergreen tree, the message of hope carries throughout the year and isn't only for Advent or Christmas. Hope, encouragement, and assurance are daily needs and desires.
This short story is written similar to When the Waves Subside: There is Hope. A poetic lay out and style combined with photographic memories. There are pictures of a sunrise from my parent's yard, the sun shining through the clouds captured one afternoon on our way home from Lowville, and of course pictures of Heidi and I.
A request from many of you has been, more pictures of "the sisters", I hope you like the ones I chose. There are a few with Heidi and I, and a couple that only show our hands, hands held by those of our parents. I was blessed to share this with my parents first and foremost, they didn't even know another book was in the works.
What is God waiting for you might ask?
He waits for an invitation. God is a loving God and although His heart breaks to see His children, you and I, struggle ~ He waits to hear you call out to Him and ask for His help and invite Him into your life. To wait is one of life's great challenges, doesn't it make you feel good to know even God waits?
I wrote this story for Heidi and all those who leave us too soon. My hope and prayer is that it will bring comfort to those left to wonder what happened to their missing loved one as well as the family grieving the loss of a child, friend, or loved one before we feel it was time. God's timing is always perfect, this is true, yet the pain we feel when someone near and dear to us passes away is real.
As we grieve our loss, it's important to remember, when we call out to Jesus for help and strength - He is faithful to answer.
I know some wonder, "Will I see my loved one when I get to heaven?" I remember asking myself this same question. I can't answer this but I can assure you, if they believed in and trusted God, invited Him into their life, and called out to Him...God is faithful to answer. No More Pain: I Can Fly is written to share this knowledge with others and give hope to the hurting...a hope to see their loved one again.
The book ends with a letter from your loved one in heaven ~ one God inspired me to write in the wee hours of the morning one day. As I wrote, and later reread, tears filled my eyes as if Heidi was speaking to me from heaven...free from pain and smiling as she donned her wings...the wings of an angel.
I ordered proof books for my parents to unwrap on Christmas morning but they have yet to arrive. Oh well, I printed the spec pages from the publisher, put them in plastic sleeves, and into a binder. If you've ever seen the specs, it is two pages on one page, so it was small so I also had the PDF version of the book saved in a draft email.
Once at my parents on Christmas morning, when I knew they wouldn't be checking their Kindles again, I emailed the PDF to their Kindles. When they thought the gift exchange was through, I went and grabbed their Kindles, handed them to them, and had them turn them on - their response...a gift in itself.
"The LORD is near to all who call on him, to
all who call on him in truth."