Your Flight to Realms Above

Your flight to realms above
Long ago ordained
Long awaited
But not late
On time

I watched from down below
Where suffering lingered
As earth hurtling –
Like a clock
Spun –
I watched and I held on
Tightly to my man
But on that day
You slipped

You left your body empty –
Hollow – lifeless bones –
You had to go
I know but
Now I feel

The angels swept you home
Jesus’ face you see
Great joy is yours
Forevermore –
If only I
Might see

By faith I know your peace as
Jesus holds your soul
Tightly – You’re His own –
I know you
Love Him

My flight to realms above
Long ago ordained
I’ve reasons to look
Forward to
And I

By Carol Ann Hoel © October 17, 2012


Psalm 116:15 – The Bible (KJV) – Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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28 Responses to Your Flight to Realms Above

  1. I understand . Mother passed away last month.
    I’ve reasons to look
    Forward to
    And I


  2. jannatwrites says:

    I’m not good at finding the right words in these situations, but I’ll try. I’m sorry that your husband passed away and that you feel alone. But I am joyful that your faith has brought you peace, knowing that he’s with Jesus now. Your faith is an inspiration to me.


    • Thank you, Janna. You expressed it very well. I’m glad for my husband. He needed to be whole again. I am adjusting to my new normal. I miss him, and little things trigger an emotional response, I cry, and then I’m fine again. I’m coping well. Blessings to you…


  3. pattisj says:

    Hugs, Carol Ann. We all look forward to that day, yet we stay until our work is finished here. Blessings to you.


    • Yes, Patti. I agree with you. As long as we have an assignment here, we are bound and even glad to stay. My world is in a toss right now, but when it all lands, I expect to be on assignment again. Blessings to you…


  4. elizabeth says:

    Carol Ann your poem is beautiful beyond words. Amidst the heartache there is such hope and peace. You say so much with God’s grace and His love shines through.

    May the God of all compassion keep you in His tender loving care until that glorious day.

    Love and hugs,


  5. I cannot think of a more heartfelt way to communicated this news. I mourn with you, and I rejoice with you. May God continue to comfort and sustain you on this next leg of your journey.
    Prayers and hugs,


    • Thank you, Jennifer. I appreciate your encouraging comment. I am looking forward to the next leg of my journey, even though I don’t have a clue just what it will be. I trust it will be God ordained, and I will be glad in it. Blessings to you…


  6. Patricia says:

    Your words are as beautiful as your heart. There is sadness here on earth and great joy there in heaven. As a woman of great faith your grief is covered with His grace. Praying His strength and peace comfort you.


  7. Bonnie says:

    My dear Carol Ann, I’m so sorry for your loss of your beloved husband here on earth. I know that there are no words I may offer to ease your pain. I haven’t been on here in a while and I was so saddened to read your post just now. All the love and prayers within me goes out to you at this most difficult time. May our Good Lord wrap his loving arms around you, my friend.


    • Thank you, Bonnie. I know Johannes is where he needed and wanted to be. His days here were became more and more difficult for him, but I miss him a lot. God is good, and I will depend on Him to provide my needs. He always has, and He always will. Blessings to you, Bonnie…


  8. Laura Best says:

    So sorry for your loss, Carol Ann. I have thought of you and your husband many times and sent prayers your way. I know your faith will help you through this difficult time. *hugs*


    • Thank you for your prayers, Laura. I am clinging to the Lord each day, taking one step at a time. There is so much to do until details of transition are accomplished. Today we had a Celebration of Life, rather than a sad day of mourning. We had it here in the atrium of our building. Blessings to you…


      • Laura Best says:

        I think celebrations of life are wonderful in that it allows us to celebrate our loved one’s life rather than dwelling on the sadnessof their passing. The memories we leave behind, the other lives we’ve touched, is what matters most. Moving on is not easy, but holding those memories close to us is what helps us through. I pray for your continued strength in the weeks and months ahead.


      • Thank you, Laura. I face some challenges now, but I trust that all is well. Jesus is LORD. Blessings to you…


  9. Rocco T says:

    Carol, I am sorry for your loss, but I know the God we serve and I know He will be with you through the rest of the journey until we are all home.

    We will be praying for you


  10. Carol Ann, I’m praying God will comfort you in your loss and guide you through this valley in life. Blessings to you.


    • Thank you, Carol. Yes, it truly does feel like a valley. But I’ll find the mountaintop again. How wonderful that our God is God of the valley, too. He is here and near. I appreciate your stopping by and for your prayers. Blessings to you…


  11. CMSmith says:

    Oh, Carol Ann, my heart reaches out to you. You’ve had to say good-bye then for now. What a blessing you were for Johannes. Now you have a devoted angel watching out for you. Take all the time you need to grieve and rest. You are a faithful soldier.


    • Thank you, Christine, for the encouragement. Letting go isn’t easy, and I know you understand. Your family has experienced the loss of your sweet sister, and now your mom is caregiver to your dad. I’m doing well, but I miss Johannes. I miss loving him. He is better off in Heaven, so I’m glad for him. My heart will heal. You are right. It takes time. Blessings to you…


  12. Lilian says:

    Dear Carol Ann, I’m very sorry for your loss. May you find healing and blessings in the valley.


    • Thank you, Lilian. I appreciate your stopping by to encourage me. I am finding healing and blessings in the valley. I’ll be stronger someday, but I feel weak right now. When we are weak, Jesus is always there for us. He is here for me. Blessings to you, Lilian…


  13. I am so sorry for your loss Carol. You are right he needed to be whole again! but heart doesnot understands logic when its grieving. i know how deep your pain is because your love was so true and deep!

    i hope the love you had for johannes will shift to God you so love, and then it will become nectar of your life.

    We are always here for you and always will be.

    love you so very much.


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