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We will be always with the Lord

August 28th, 2013 Categories: pondering... 12 comments

I was very sad to receive the news today that my grandmother (Popo/Japo) passed away, early this morning. She lived a long and full life, and was always with her family who loved and cared for her, and whom she loved and cared for.

My sister and I with Popo

My sister and I with Popo


We had a special time last December to celebrate and commemorate the 100 years that the Lord had given Popo so far. There were 35 family members from Florida, Canada, Haiti, and the UK who made it to be with Popo and we enjoyed a precious family time together.

Popo and her children last December

Popo and her children

As well as enjoying delicious food and one another’s company, we also had a special time to learn of and appreciate the experiences that Popo passed through. Her history is quite amazing, both humanly and divinely. She worked hard her whole life, with no formal education (she could not read nor write), and encouraged all her children to study hard and do the best they could. She also prayed for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren every day, encouraging us to love our Lord Jesus.

Popo's 100th birthday

Popo’s 100th birthday

It is a comfort to me that I was able to visit and see Popo last week, on my way to my sister’s wedding (which was supposed to be the subject of my next post). I had just a brief time with her – Wednesday evening till early Friday morning – but it was worth the extra flight in order to spend the time with her. Thank You Lord.

Popo was very tired toward the end of her human life, but her spirit was still strong. We know that she is now at peace and resting in the Lord. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your mercy and grace to take care of Popo till this day, and continue to lead each one of our family to know You and love You more and more every day.

I love this picture of Popo and my little cousin

I love this picture of Popo and my little cousin

Here are some verses from the New Testament Recovery Version Online that are a real promise and encouragement:

But we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who are sleeping, that you would not grieve even as also the rest who have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so also those who have fallen asleep through Jesus, God will bring with Him.

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are living, who are left remaining unto the coming of the Lord, shall by no means precede those who have fallen asleep;

Because the Lord Himself, with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are living, who are left remaining, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will be always with the Lord.

Therefore comfort one another with these words.



  1. August 28th, 2013 at 22:05 | #1

    May God bless her soul x

  2. August 28th, 2013 at 22:20 | #2

    So sorry to hear Sarah xx

  3. August 28th, 2013 at 22:56 | #3

    Condolences to your family..

  4. August 28th, 2013 at 23:26 | #4

    My condolences to Aunty, Uncle, you n Rebekah. Send my regards to Aunty n Uncle,

  5. August 28th, 2013 at 23:34 | #5

    Thoughts are with all of your family x

  6. Zoe Siow
    August 29th, 2013 at 02:23 | #6

    Sorry to know that. Loves and hugs to you all.

  7. August 29th, 2013 at 02:55 | #7

    Dear Sarah, may the Lord comfort your family and supply with His grace.

  8. August 29th, 2013 at 06:14 | #8

    Lord Jesus, be with the family and comfort their heart

  9. August 29th, 2013 at 07:08 | #9

    what a lovely tribute to Popo, Sarah Lee, the Lord’s grace and peace be upon the whole family. Come, Lord Jesus. x

  10. August 29th, 2013 at 09:15 | #10

    Thoughts are with you and the family

  11. Hannah T
    August 29th, 2013 at 10:33 | #11

    Dear Sarah, what a wonderful testimony your grandmother had. It made me think of this verse:
    [Jehovah God] showing lovingkindness to thousands of generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments. Exodus 20:6
    Thank the Lord for grandmothers like Popo, who, by loving the Lord, cause so many generations to enjoy God’s lovingkindness for eternity. May the Lord continue to bless your family with Himself. A big hug, Hannah X

  12. August 29th, 2013 at 14:28 | #12

    sorry to hear this sad news,my thoughts and prayers are with you all xx

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