I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth--
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
- Safely Home (author unknown)
One of my brothers put music into this beautiful poem, then he sung the song during my mother's wake. I wept when I heard it because in my heart and mind, I clearly pictured my mom saying these words to me. I believe, without a doubt, that she is happy, not only because she has now found her true home but also because she knows that I DO UNDERSTAND why she had to leave.
A few hours before she passed away, my mom already couldn't move or see and probably could even hardly hear. But now, she is completely free and she sees and hears me with the eyes and ears of God. What greater consolation is there? As I write this, my tears flow uncontrollably, only because I miss her dearly.
Thank you so much to those of you who prayed and shared kind words of comfort. I've never met anyone of you personally so all the more I feel so much appreciation. God's choicest blessings to you all.