Well, it's taken me long enough to do this. Part of me was not in a great hurry, but I guess I'm done procrastinating. :o)
This is Cayla Joy's Homegoing Service. She is at home in heaven already having met Jesus 1st of all and has been places I have never been. She's walked on streets paved with gold. Not knowing exactly how heaven works, she might have already been before God in His throne room. Maybe that's where she started. She's seen things I have only dreamt of. She's met people I can't wait to meet. She's met my mom... woah, that makes me cry. She's doing great! It's just us here on earth missing her that are having a hard time.
I know I will see her again because God's Word, the Bible, says so. I am going to heaven because I believe that Jesus took my place in dying on the cross. He shed his blood to take the punishment for my sins. He did it for all of us. The verse in I John 1:7 that says, "...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." My sins are covered. Yours can be too. In Romans 6:23 it says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Since eternal life = heaven, if I accept God's gift of salvation, I will go to heaven for eternity. The only other choice is eternal death = hell. You know, you may think me arrogant or whatever for saying that, but it's true and if you knew the truth, wouldn't you want everyone to know too? Why would anyone knowingly choose eternal death. It's real. Not because I said so, but because the Bible does. So please, take a minute and think about it. Take longer than a minute. Our lives are just little blips compared to eternity. When are you going to start planning for the biggest trip of your life? We spend a lot of time planning for each day and for a week of vacation, what about eternity? Eternity lasts a long time, but it's not long in coming. Please think about this and prepare yourself for it. Email me. firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for those who've already "talked" to me through email. I'm praying that you take the gift God's handing you today. It's one of those things in life you never regret doing.
David Brown, Elise's dad, let us use his video camera to record the service and has done a lot to edit and set them up online for us. Thank you so much for doing this for us. They couldn't be longer than 15 minute segments, so it's broken up into 5 videos. The last two are after the service, of people coming up to talk to us and see Cayla one last time. I would guess that I put them on there more for us, but others might like to see who was there as well. Many came for the calling hours before but could not stay for the service. Pastor Emery spoke to each of our hearts that day. His message is what we needed to hear. There are parts where the camera didn't pick up the words clearly, so I am working on typing them out. Maybe another post. And the opening piano piece, "Jesus Loves Me and He Hideth My Soul", is being played by Elise's mom, Erin. Thanks for a beautiful song!
|Mother's Day... Love this picture.|
|6 weeks old. Love this too.|
|Cayla in her cocoon made by Grandma Pat. Love it.|