“A change of Life.” This most fitting title came with the Email sent by Holly’s husband, Jeff, at the time of Holly’s passing.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Lord summoned Holly Overduin from her earthly house to the eternal home He had prepared for her. She left this life confident in the goodness of God, shown to her in Christ Jesus. (from her obituary)
I am compelled again to post about my daughter Holly. The topic of my blog is intended to be on World View and Ethical Issues from a Biblical Perspective. Holly’s illness and passing from life to live has given opportunity to contemplate severe illness, dying and death from a Biblical perspective. How are we to think about life? How are we to think about death? How are we to think a bout God in the midst of such struggle? In my post about Holly, I hope that I have begun to answer these questions from a Biblical perspective. You can find these posts at <I Believe>.read more
Our daughter, Holly, has gone to be with the Lord.
Sitting at the bedside of a loved one during their last hours on this earth is often a very difficult experience. That your love one will no longer be present in this life is hard enough, but one often has to face, even with the use of calming/sedating medication, their loved one’s struggle. Often there is a struggle with breathing, like they are holding onto life for all it is worth. Those watching say to their loved one, “Its OK to go” and even pray that the Lord take them soon, trusting that they will then be at peace. Why is such struggle so common even among those who have a certain hope in eternal life with the Lord God, who loves them? Why such struggle?read more
Those who have read my most recent posts will understand why I still find myself reflecting on life in the context of my daughter Holly, who in the Lord God’s wisdom is still here in this life with us, although physically it appears her time here on earth is short. The Lord is sovereign and all things are, in ways that are beyond our understanding, in the grasp of His fatherly hand. When it is good for all involved, who love Him, He will receive her spirit into His presence to wait the resurrection of her, body, renewed with no more sickness. While we wait, if we are able to see it, the Lord gives us many wonderful things to hold onto, testifying of His goodness. I shared one of these in the blog posting titled, I Believe – God’s Goodness Shining in Sadness. This morning God has given me another one of these priceless moments.read more
Humanly speaking, when a loved one’s illness moves from hope of recovery, to hope for at least some quality time, to that of end stage palliative care, what does one say? What title does one use on a blog posting? Can one still talk of God’s goodness? As of this week, my daughter is end stage palliative with brain cancer. There is no more plan for chemo therapy. Her time with us in this world is likely weeks to a few months.read more