Church of the New Jerusalem
Jill Dianne Delyea-Noseworthy
Sept. 30, 2012
“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all you iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
One thing have I desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life.
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:1,4,5
“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:27-31
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’ house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14: 1–3
And behold, I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Revelation 22: 12–14
“When the body is no longer able to perform its functions in the natural world corresponding to the thoughts and affections of his spirit which he has from the spiritual world, then a person is said to die. This takes place when the respiration of the lungs and beatings of the heart cease. But yet the person does not die; he is merely separated from the corporeal part that was of use to him in the world, for the person himself lives.” Heaven and Hell 445
“If people would only believe that their interior essence is the spirit, and that the body and its sensations and members are adapted to uses in this world merely, and that the spirit and its sensations and organs are adapted to uses in the other life, then from themselves and almost of their own accord they would come into ideas about the state of their spirit after death; for they would reflect that the spirit must be the person himself who thinks, and who desires, longs for things, and is affected with them; and further that all the power of sensation which appears in the body belongs properly to the spirit, and to the body merely by influx; and they would afterwards confirm themselves in this idea by many considerations, and in this way would at last take more delight in the things of their spirit than in those of their body.” AC 4622:2
“A person was created so that, as to his internal, he cannot die; for he can believe in God, and also love God, and therefore he can be conjoined with God by faith and love; and being conjoined with God means living to eternity.” NJHD 223
Memorial Address for Jill Delyea-Noseworthy
July 16, 1959 - Sept. 21, 2012
October 30, 2012
When someone we love is tragically taken from us at a time, which we believe, is too soon, we struggle to see how this can fit into the big picture. Where is God’s Divine Providence in all this?
At such times it can be useful to remember the story of Joseph as told in the book of Genesis. A talented and one blessed with special talents he was nonetheless hated by his brothers who plotted to murder him and were only prevented from doing so because he was stolen from them and sold into slavery. As a slave in Potiphar’s house he was falsely accused and sent to prison where he was forgotten for years. Finally set free and given a position of power, he was able to confront his brothers.
“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil we did to him.’ So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, ‘Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: ‘I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.’’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.’ And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, ‘Behold, we are your servants.’ Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.’ And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50:15-21
In spite of all the bad things that happened to Joseph, he was able to see the big picture, that unless these things had unfolded the way they did his whole family - and thousands of other people - would have died. And this is what we need to remember about the Divine Providence: it operates as it must to give us the best spiritual result, even when that may sometimes seem painful or difficult during life in the world.
We also need to remember that the death of the body is orderly and necessary so that one may enter into spiritual life.
“In order that every one may live forever, what is mortal with him is taken away. His mortal part is the material body which is taken away by his death. His immortal part, which is his mind, is thus unveiled and he then becomes a spirit in human form, his mind being that spirit.” Divine Providence 324:3
We also need to remember that nothing of a person’s essential character is lost when the body is laid aside.
“It has been proved to me by manifold experience that when a person passes from the natural world into the spiritual, as he does when he dies, he carries with him all his things, that is, those things that belong to him as a person, except his earthly body. For when a person enters the spiritual world or the life after death, he is in a body as he was in the world, with no apparent difference, since he neither sees nor feels any difference. But his body is spiritual, and thus separated or purified from all that is earthly; and when what is spiritual touches and sees what is spiritual, it is just the same as when what is natural touches and sees what is natural. So when a person has become a spirit he does not know otherwise than that he is in his own body in which he had been in the world and thus does not know that he has died.  Moreover, the spirit person rejoices in every sense, both external and internal, that he enjoyed in the world; he sees as before, he hears and speaks as before, smells and tastes, and when touched, he feels the touch as before; he also strives, desires, longs for, thinks, reflects, is affected, loves, wills, as before; and one who is delighted with studies, reads and writes as before. In a word, when a person passes from one life into the other, or from one world into the other, it is like passing from one place into another, carrying with him all things that he possesses in himself as a human being; so that it cannot be said that after death, which is only the death of the earthly body, the person will have lost anything of his own.” Heaven and Hell 461
I would now like to introduce Jill’s husband, Russ Noseworthy, who will speak about her life.
I visited Jill in the hospital the night before she died. She was resting quietly, but seemed delighted to have visitors. She greeted each us with a beaming smile.
After a brief conversation, I asked her if she would like a blessing, and she said she would like that. I used the blessing from the book of Numbers that is a favourite for baptisms and weddings and other special occasions, the one that begins, “the Lord bless you and keep you.”
She smiled and said, “My favourite!”
And then she said to me, “You know, I’m not afraid. In fact, I’m kind of looking forward to it.”
So, we can know that she was facing this, the greatest challenge of her life, with a peaceful spirit.
We’ll close with this passage from the Gospel of Matthew:
“‘Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’” Matthew 11:28-30