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‘Til we meet again at Heaven’s door…

on May 20, 2017

To all my wonderful blogger friends, visitors, followers and acquaintances. Posting has been very slim due to the illness of my husband, James (Jim) Lee Shults. Friday morning, May 12, 2017 after nearly 33 years of marriage which began on July 10, 1984, Jim’s time in his temporary home on this Earth ended with a new beginning commencing in his eternal home. The pain and suffering is over as he rests in peace in the comfort of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your cards, letters, prayers, comforting thoughts and so much more. Jim will be remembered for his compassion, humor, endless stories & jokes, love of country and family. For him, to go though the day without making someone smile or laugh, was wasted time, time without purpose or meaning. He was a joke waiting to be told and never missed an opportunity to lift someone’s spirits.

To my soulmate…

Treasures in Jars of Clay
(2 Corinthians 4:7-18)

7Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us.8We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always consigned to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our mortal bodies. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13And in keeping with what is written: “I believed, therefore I have spoken,”c we who have the same spirit of faith also believe and therefore speak, 14knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is extending to more and more people may overflow in thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles.18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

‘Til we meet again …

At Heaven’s Door

The doors of Heaven opened
The day you came into my life
At our eyes’ first meeting,
Divine intervention touched my soul

What once were dreams and aspirations
Transpired into fearless reality
Conscious reasoning gave way to inner feelings
Our encounter ensured destiny unfold

Love initiated in Heaven
Unconditional, without envy or self-pity
Free from illusion, secure in faith
Lays eternal in the mist

Two hands merged as one
One heart, one body, one spirit
Truly blessed to share life’s daily happenings
Until only memories exist

Our love spans the sands of time
Through the years, happiness and tears,
‘Til one day we’re hand-in-hand
Standing quietly at Heaven’s Door

 

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12 responses to “‘Til we meet again at Heaven’s door…

  1. Micki Peluso says:

    I planned on writing you today. I pray for you each day. Tears roll down my face as I read this poem. My heart breaks for you. I had my facebook friends send you prayers–you must have gotten a hundred, all truly heartfelt. I really feel as if I knew him through your stories of his joys and trials. Remember, I am here for you any time day or night. I think I gave you my #. If not, email me when you can and I will. I have no words to comfort you, just deep sorrow. Love micki

  2. Nicole Reina says:

    Absolutely beautifully written. Love you so much mom…miss you dearly 😘🤗😘🙏🏻

  3. STANDING with you as you grieve

  4. I may not be the right words, but I offer you all my heartfelt condolences, Sharla. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely

  5. You gave your all, your love, your caring, your hope. I cannot even imagine the loss and grief you are feeling now … and my heart goes to you. May the love you shared stay in your soul and comfort you forever. I miss you very much.

  6. I thought of you the other day, Sharla, and wondered why you hadn’t posted in a while. I knew your husband had been ill, and I’m saddened now to learn of his death. Even though the physical pain has ended for him, I understand it’s still a painful loss for you. I’m still grieving the death of my father, but I’m learning to recollect the better times of our lives. I realize it’s easier said than done. But I’m certain you have plenty of great memories of your time with Jim. You obviously loved each other very much. Again, please accept my condolences, Sharla.

  7. So sorry to hear this.

  8. Al says:

    I saw your post in my weekly digests, and came screeching over as soon as I saw it, Then I read it and tears filled my eyes.

    I am so sorry for you loss, Sharla, but as you say, he is no longer in pain, and he has a new array of people to listen to his stories and his jokes. <<>>

  9. Mother Hen says:

    I am sorry for your loss.. My condolences and prayer go out to you…

  10. Sunni Morris says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending prayers your way for peace and comfort in this difficult time.

  11. I didn’t know it, Sharla… please forgive me for sending you my sympathy this late. I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you!! Let me know if I can do something for you.

  12. So sorry for your loss Sharla. I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Hugs.

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