The Last Conversation

 

Please read to the end

2001

My life completely changed.

My grandparents began to officially raise me as their own.

2013

My life completely changed.

I left them for the first time to go off to Bible College at Truett McConnell University.

That first semester, my grandfather (Papaw) died.

2016

My life changed…  Forever.

My grandmother (Memaw) found out her breast cancer had returned, which had spread to her back and brain.

I never knew that just in a few months, we would have…

The Last Conversation

I received a call from my family that I needed to come home as soon I could to say my final goodbyes because it could be any day now.

I pack up my stuff from Georgia immediately and drove to Burlington, North Carolina.

I had been told that she did not really know who anyone is, she did not know where she was and she thought that Papaw was still alive.

My wife and I went to visit her for 3 days.  Each time we went, we talked, laughed, and cried.  The greatest thing of all in these visits, we were able to pray and read Scripture to her.

But really…  She had no idea where she was and what was happening.  While she was in an extended care facility, we were staying at my old house (her house), and I told her that I was keeping her house clean.  She looked around the room with a disgraceful look and said, “No, you aren’t, this place is a mess!”  She also asked me to get the shrimp out of the freezer from McDonalds to give to Papaw for dinner that night…

Anyway.

The last time we went there became one of the most special moments of my life…

The Last Conversation

That day we walked in, sat down and barely had any small talk because I was struggling knowing this may very well be the last time I talked to her.

At the end of our short conversation, I asked her with tears in my eyes, “Can I read Scripture with you?” She said that I could.

Clearing my throat and gaining my composure, I began to read Psalm 146.  As soon as I began, her sister walked in.  They hugged and chatted for a moment.  Now remember, she did not really know anyone or anything really at the time.  After they talked, Memaw said, “Can we talk in a minute, Tyler is about to read me Scripture.”

WHAT?!?!

She has not known anyone really for the past while…  Nor has she really known what was going on.

Needless to say, my heart began to RACE!  So I reopened my Bible and continued reading.  I barely got through the passage (I will post the passage at the bottom of this article).  With tears streaming down my face, I asked her if I could pray with her.  She said yes.  So I did.

Throughout the entire prayer, I was weeping.  I am not even sure what I said now.  I do remember thinking how how in the world do I pray a final prayer with my Memaw?…  Needless to say, it was a struggle.

When I finished praying, I looked at her and put my head to hers and gave her a hug.  She squeezed me tight and said, “Tyler, it is going to be okay.” What did you say Memaw?

“It’s going to be okay.”

I truly believe that the Lord opened her mind, just for those few short moments, for her to know me and say that.  As I am writing this, I am tearing up once again, as I have done many times since she died on July 18, 2016, just two days after my birthday.

Why I am writing this and telling the world about my last conversation with my grandmother (you know, the one who raised me)?

Because I want to tell you something…  She was able to tell me it is going to be okay…  Because of Jesus.

You see, she once confessed her sins, repented and trusted Christ.  She had struggles, she died, but she was able to say, “it’s going to be okay.”  She was heading straight to the presence of Jesus.  THAT is why it will be okay: because of Jesus.

In your struggles, in death, in sickness, in loss, in burden, it is going to be okay — ONLY through Christ.  It is okay because just like Memaw, as a Christian, your home is NOT here, it is in Heaven.

Can you say that today?  Have you repented of your sins and trusted in Christ? In Christ, life will not be easy but in the end, for the Christian, Memaw is right: it will be okay.

Thanks for reading my story.

Love you all.

In Christ,

Tyler Eanes

Psalm 146 NKJV

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!
While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

10 The Lord shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Praise the Lord!

 


3 thoughts on “The Last Conversation

  1. What a beautiful event you’ve described here, Tyler…and an important truth.:). Beautiful.
    So glad for your Grandparents and their sweet influence in your life…and your influence in theirs!

  2. Oh Tyler………my eyes are leaking!!!!! What a BEAUTIFUL message, and a reminder that in Christ……it will be okay! Thank you fro sharing this precious memory with us.

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