My wish for you and me is that we make this the best Lent ever. Who knows if this will be my last. It seems that for my Uncle Bill this is a time of finality. He has entered into a hospice program. His health has been diminishing at a fast pace. Yet he is serene and he seems to know that eternity, a new life awaits.When his son Michael died about 17 years ago, his faith was reinforced. Michael who was 37 had a pre-death experience of heaven. He saw his mother, our grandmother, our great aunt who "still had her red hair," and other relatives who died before he was born. Pray for my Uncle Bill that his passing may be peaceful. Pray too that his two sons and his grandchildren will be strengthened and consoled as their Dad and grandpa goes to encounter the Lord face-to-face. A World War II veteran, Uncle Bill shared his vivid memories of war in the Aleutian Islands and in the jungles of the Philippines. He assured us that "war is hell." He lived a long and faithful life. We pray for him and for all whom the Lord will draw to himself in these first days of Lent.
I pray that Christ whose death and resurrection we treasure and commemorate in this season will welcome Bill into his presence. Let us live this Lent as the best ever so when God calls us we may be ready to pass from this life to eternal life.