With rejoicing, we are able to report that Elaine Cook has finished her race. She passed on in her sleep at Swan Valley Lodge in Creston on September 10, 2012
2 Tim 4:6-8 (NIV) “6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
A while ago, some of us were in prayer; when we all “saw this picture”. We saw Elaine finishing her race. We saw the scene that one sees when you are standing at the finish line while watching the completion of a long race. We were among those standing on the sides cheering the participants on as they struggled to finish the last miles of their race. We saw them huffing and puffing and overcoming as they were coming to the finish line. We saw Elaine as she came towards the finish line and we cheered as we saw her. There was great joy as we realized she was completing the task set before her. Such joy. Then our eyes were opened to see that the crowd cheering her on, extended past the earthly finish line. We saw that our cheering line continued to the other side. We saw the crowds that had already gone ahead, lined up cheering her on – the great cloud of witnesses.
Heb 12:1 (NIV) 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Response from a dear friend upon hearing – “Glory to God, it’s Coronation Day!!! Hallelujah… Her “Script” is fulfilled, her Race Won!!!
As many of you know, Bill had his “graduation” in April of 2012; and there is an incident we would like to share. Bill’s sister shared this with us. She was washing dishes at her home when she became consicious of her parents near her and she felt their excitement about their son coming home. She then phoned the Lodge and talked with Bill and found out that he was very weak and Bill told her that he loved her; Bill passed on the next morning.
We rejoice with great joy that we have such a loving Father!
We are thankful that both have finished the race set before them!
Thankfully, Elaine’s son and daughter-in-law visited the day before she went home..
Again, we thank our Lord for his gentle mercy.
Monty and Lori