BLOG: Home with Jesus
Note: My blog this week is a continuation of my blog, A Spirit Connection.
By MELISSA STEINOUR
For those of you who read my first blog titled “A Spirit Connection”, you know that I said goodbye to a special friend, Janice, the day I wrote that blog. She moved back to her hometown in Arkansas to continue the fight against a widespread lung cancer.
Last Thursday, January 31, I was in my kitchen making dinner when my cell phone rang. I didn’t answer it because my hands were messy at the time but I had one of those gut-wrenching feelings when your heart feels like it drops to your stomach and back to your chest again. Immediately, I thought of Janice and somehow I knew the phone call was about her.
A few minutes later I washed my hands off and proceeded to my cell phone but just as I was ready to pick it up, I received the familiar beeping of an incoming text message. I opened the message and it said, “Mom died.” I immediately called her daughter and got the sad news.
As you all know we were praying and believing in a complete miracle healing for Janice. Despite the fact that she had a stroke when she arrived in her hometown and developed pneumonia again, she seemed to be somewhat recovering from those issues and so the news of her death still hit me hard. To be quite honest, it was not what I was expecting. However after a night of tears, a long walk the next day and much prayer, I came to the understanding that Janice received her complete and total healing that day.
I found out that on the morning of January 31, Janice had another scan to take another look at her lungs. The doctors informed her after that test that the cancer had spread rapidly despite the three chemotherapy treatments and they would treat it no longer and only use “comfort measures.”
What amazes me is the first day I met her she told me that if Jesus chose to take her home, she was ready! That very afternoon, after getting the news from her doctors that they would treat it no longer, she went to be with Jesus. “And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ whether I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between the two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me,” Philippians 1:20-23.
I believe that after receiving the news from her doctors, she longed to go and be with Christ and left this early world to receive her reward in Heaven.
Her life did bring honor to Jesus. She praised him constantly. I was told that even before she died, she was praising Jesus. That’s Janice – she had a love for Jesus like you don’t always get to see in life. It is what attracted me to her and caused us to connect in a very special way. Jesus was the ”love of her life” and it is comforting to know that she is with her best love now….. Eternally.
“Anyone that believes in God’s son, Jesus, has eternal life.”
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.
If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going
to prepare a place for you?” John 14:1-2
“We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own.” Philippians 3:20-21
To those of us left behind, our comfort is to know that Janice is in Heaven, with Jesus, where there is only beauty and perfection…. no pain, no tears, and no more suffering.
It’s often said that life is not about ourselves but it’s about the legacy that we leave to others that come after us. I will never forget her, her love of her family, her faith, and her praise of her Savior. She has set an example of how to LIVE for Christ even in the face of death.
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” Luke 10:27.
That verse was Janice and that is the legacy she left behind.
We will carry on sharing Jesus’ love for mankind and one glorious day, we will be reunited….. together…. Forever and Ever and Ever.
Janice M. Jordan 1964-2013
Melissa was raised her entire life in Shippensburg. She is a stay-at-home wife, and mother of two teenage sons, ages 13 and 15. She has been writing Christian short stories for several years and loves sharing whatever God lays on her heart.