“You must be Esther’s daughter.”
I have heard that comment, or something similar all my life.
I have heard that phrase most recently while visiting my mother. Many of the people who live at the retirement community where my parents have lived the past two years have never met me.
They recognize me anyway!
My father passed on to his heavenly home on February 10.
My mother has rejoiced in the fact that Dad was ready to die, he was alert until the very end, and we were all able to share our love and say goodby at the end of Dad’s life on this earth.
Yet, that is not the end of the story.
I traveled to Wheaton to visit Mom in March. She was ready to sort through Dad’s things and distribute them. His clothes were given to a ministry for refugees and immigrants, which would have pleased Dad. We also rearranged some things in her apartment and had time to share many wonderful memories.
I returned to North Carolina on March 24th and on the 25th, Mom suffered a broken femur in a car accident upon arriving at church for the Good Friday service.
My mother’s attitude since these two situations occurred has been inspirational. She has expressed gratitude to God in each case because she has seen something to be genuinely thankful for.
What has Mom been thankful for?
- that Dad did not suffer long
- that they had a chance to share their love and say goodby
- that Dad was at peace
- that she did not get hurt worse
- that she has good care and loving caregivers
- that my brother and sister-in-law have been so helpful
It has certainly been a blessing for me to see. I planned on comforting Mom during my visits and she has helped me to see the blessings.
“What do you expect, Gayle? God is answering everyone’s prayers for me.” Mom said recently.
Last Sunday morning Mom called me at 7:00 (6:00 in Wheaton). She said, “I know you are going to church today and that you will praise God. I want you to praise Him for how well I am doing.”
You can imagine how easy it was to praise God after that call!
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So, let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
This Mother’s Day I am so thankful for a mother who is an example of living those verses.
I not only want to look like my mother, I want to have faith like her.
May God bless each of you who are mothers….
Happy Mother’s Day!