The past few years had been unkind to her, as only advanced age can be, but when the time came she was ready. Lord, she was ready. Like a culmination of her life's work in God's hands, as she lay on her deathbed, some of her grandchildren began to sing "It Is Well With My Soul".
I did my best to sing with them, but I couldn't get the words out most of the time as I saw her gaze fixed upon us, struggling for life's last moments. It was the most beautiful and the most sad thing I've ever heard. I can't know what she was thinking, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was "Jesus, I am ready."
Her real lesson in life, as I saw it, was acceptance and unconditional love. If she was ever judgmental of others, I never saw it. A lot of us Christians read about, hear about, and believe in the unconditional love of Christ. But few of us, including myself, really put that to practice very well. It's so easy to come up with conditions.
I'll love you, if you love me back. I'll love you if you live your life a certain way. I'll love you, if you believe as I do. I'll love you if you meet certain conditions. Not so my grandma. She'd love you because.
And now she is in Heaven, with Christ, who loves all because.