Even in Your Sleep

May 28, 2010 by  
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by Karen King

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” Psalm 127:2


My sweet friend Beth’s mother went home to be with the Lord not long ago. A beloved mother of four daughters, missionary and Christ-follower, she was adored by all. This is the last letter she was ever lucid enough to dictate to Beth to share with those who loved her so. Soon after that, the Lord gently took her to be with Him. What a treasure this letter is, so I wrap up this “love-gift” so full of wisdom to share with you.

Beth prefaces the letter with these poignant words: “Mama continues to get weaker and is closer to seeing the Lord face to face. Each of us, in our own way, is releasing her to go. We have wept much but it is once again a mixture of where joy and sorrow meet.”

Dear Friends,

It appears that my days for expressing word and thoughts of any kind in a sensible way are coming to an end. Yesterday morning it took the girls two hours to persuade me that I was not in Georgia in a motel, but at Nan’s with each of them. It appears that someone got a hold of the wrong directions so I speak to you quickly while you are much on my heart. If I could tell you how directly the Lord has been answering prayers for me and my family you would just laugh, in pure holy amazement. He has answered most of them exactly as you or I have prayed.

He has taught me so many things about my beloved 127th Psalm during the past 3 months. I always thought walking with the Lord was just a daily doing of His will. He is teaching me in my last days that it is a walk not a run. I regret the many hours I should have been just sitting and basking in His presence. I think God has individual answers for our individual lives and situations in order to prepare us as the final eternity begins with Him. These last days He is teaching me to stop and hear my children pray. He is showing me how to see the genuine gifts of friendships and family ties. He is allowing me time to lie here on my bed in long times of confession for things I have not even wanted to think about. He has given me time to remember the intimate walks I have had with Him. I hope He is allowing time for a few more of these here in my earthly life. You have been such a part of what the doctors say are my last days of this earthly walk. I’m thankful that we do not know all that the Father knows, and we can go to sleep every night and wake up every morning knowing that he walks with us and talks with us and shows us we are his own.

My prayer for you is that God would give you gifts of joy and peace and true contentment.

I cannot close this letter with out praying for those of you who have never received his most precious gift, the gift of forgiveness of your sin and eternal salvation through faith and trust in Him.

Thank you with all my heart for walking with me and my girls through this particular valley of life.

Love,
Ann

If you knew Ann’s girls, you’d see the legacy she left behind. He gave to her even as she drifted in and out of consciousness and “in her sleep”.  Today, she is with her glorious Christ!  See you soon, dear Ann!

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6 Responses to “Even in Your Sleep”
  1. Josef Corvus says:

    Faith takes so many different forms and is called upon so differently from one instance to another. For some (at least one), faith consists of believing that our understanding and experience of the vastness of Creation can only ever be a small fraction of reality. My faith leads me to accept that, by His own design and power, the Creator set the whole thing in motion. Whatever joy and sadness come to you or to me results from the whole of the Creator’s plan. I have a friend who once judged me to be lost, just because of the differences in our notions of faith. Truly, we were – and are – of different faiths, but that does not diminish our affection for each other, nor does it diminish the reality of our individual faiths. /8->

  2. Josef Corvus says:

    Important to clarify that my friend and I are both Christians .. and serious Christians, at that. It’s just that our vocabularies and practices regarding faith are so strikingly different. Nonetheless, faith is a great gift to us both (and to all). /8->

  3. Karen King says:

    People tend to grow in their understanding of faith as they grow older. Hopefully, if they are becoming more like Christ, they become less judgmental about some things that really aren’t that important. You haven’t said anything that I can disagree with. I would just add that the one absolute to faith is Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh to the Father but by me.” I know for myself that I believe there will be many people who divide themselves into groups now that will be together in heaven: one with the Father. God bless you and thank you for taking the time to read Ann’s letter. There are many other good articles in this publication including some others of mine that state more clearly what I believe.
    Blessings,
    Karen King

  4. Barbie Eslin says:

    How beautiful to share the truths of waiting before him and slowing down. Another great article of faith, Karen!

  5. Norma Vera says:

    Karen, That was great, I do enjoy reading your articles very much. Be blessed!

  6. Karen King says:

    Thanks so much for the encouragement, Barbie and Norma!

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