I’m going to a funeral today. My dear mother-in-law died last week, after three years of nursing home care. A wonderful, caring place, in this day of not-so-nice places.
The precious arms of Jesus now have embraced her and she is resting comfortably in His sweet presence. And I’m sure she’s kicking up her heels on streets of gold, no longer confined by an earthly vessel that had worn out.
I know she’s enjoying the company of those she loved, especially Jesus. She was 97 years old. Her life revolved around her family. Besides the families of her three sisters, she took joy in her two sons (and their wives), two daughters (and their husbands), eight grandchildren (and some with spouses), and eleven great-grandchildren.
As I thought about what I would post today, an old hymn attempted to roll around in my head, but, when I found it, it did not fit. In my search for it, I came upon this old hymn written by Fanny Crosby.
If you do not know about Fanny, she was a prolific hymnist, who was blind from birth. When I read that she lived to be 95 and her tombstone had been engraved with these words…
…I knew I had to share her hymn, Safe in the Arms of Jesus.
According to what I found on this hymn, a tragedy occurred in Mrs. Crosby’s life. She became pregnant but lost the baby during childbirth. So devastated by the child’s death, she hardly spoke of it to anyone, not even mentioning whether it was a boy or a girl.
Years later, a musician dropped by to visit and wanted her to listen to a melody he had composed. She listened and exclaimed, “That’s Safe in the Arms of Jesus!” As the musician was on a tight schedule and needed to leave within the hour, she quickly left the room and prayed God would give her the words. She then sat down and penned the words of this hymn, feeling it was written for the bereaved. (All verses are not included.)
For all of you with grieving hearts, bruised by the clutches of the death of a loved one, this is for you as well. I pray the Lord will bless you with a special touch of His presence and shower you with His love, peace, and comfort.
and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us
in our hardships and trials.”
(2 Cor. 1:3 TLB)