Distance At The End of Life

We’re cousins.  Despite the distance between our lives, the love for one another that came so easily when we were children remains real.  I know our lives were intertwined so long ago for many reasons; however, I think it’s most about being present in some way for one another through the connection of love.

Until, I’m able to join my cousin, I’m focusing on being present through prayer and love, texting and talking with her when possible as she sits beside her love in his last hours on earth.  As she tends to his needs in the holy and hard place of ending, I pray for her strength as sorrow wraps tight around her.   Not only as a pastor, but in my personal life, I’ve learned there’s a felt distance between the one who is tending and the one who is in the process of ending and moving towards the new dimension of living–in heaven.  Even, so.   The power of love keeps one another connected despite the distance.  True love never stops.

Saying good-bye to the loves of our life is incomprehensibly hard.  And.  Strength beyond human strength is needed to move through it.  Years ago, my mentor, Rubena Poole, placed a notecard in my hand as she tended to her husband in the last hours of his life.  She told me that I could pray the  words for her as well as her husband, and family:

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15, NKV).

Powerful to pray and to receive.  The experience of receiving the strength of God in quietness and confidence can never be underestimated, especially in the hard places.  So.  I’m praying it big, believing it will make a difference despite the distance.


I pray she can feel the connection of their incredible love in amazing ways.  Because.  I know, at the end of the day, love remains a powerful connecting force.

Keep connected through love . . . pray for strength for one another . . . be present. It matters–Kerrie

The distance between our past and present is connected by love. Some of my favorite pictures of our not so distant past:

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Would you consider praying big for The Red Door Community Church  and asking others to pray big.  We launch on 9.13.15 and would love you to set your phone/alarm at 9:13 AM & PM as a reminder to pray specifically

for God’s favor,
for a place,
for people to boldly join us in this adventure,
for The Red Door Community Church to make a difference in the community, giving thanks.

We will be sending The Red Door Prayer Journal and Needs this week.  We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.

If, you would like to receive The Red Door Prayer Journal and Needs let me know.  Here’s the form:

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)


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