It’s THAT Day.
My head knew it was coming. My heart doesn’t want to accept. The LORD called my Mother home this afternoon. Heaven is a far richer place for her presence. She just hasn’t been the same since Dad passed away two and a half years ago. They were the perfect example of Jesus’ love….Dad would have done ANYTHING for my Mom. My brother and I didn’t realize exactly how deep 58 years of marriage had entwined their hearts and souls together. Or how much meticulous care he provided for her, from helping her in and out of bed, to putting on her shoes and socks as well as doing most of the cooking. He poured his life into hers. And she adored him. Bless my dear Brother as he carried on in Dad’s stead, caring for Mom ever since Dad died. Living three states away , and with genetic autoimmune issues of my own, I could only get there several times a year to help when I was able.
Yes, Mom, gone is the bone on bone joint pain you suffered in your right hip and knee for years, the A-Fib irregular heartbeat, the MRSA. All the human frailty and infirmity have been replaced by by that new, perfect body God’s Word promises us.
2Corinthians 5:5-8 “Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
This has been her earnest desire, her heartfelt plea. To be absent from the pain and suffering. Yes, it means a temporary separation from the loved ones still here, but our Hope is in the LORD as well, and we know that glad reunion day is not that far away. So how can I be hurt or angry, knowing where she is? Sad, maybe, but for myself, not for her. One day, we will be together at Jesus’ feet. Until then, my Hope continues in the LORD and His promises of a bright, eternal, PAIN free forever.