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Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)
TITLE: Dear Mom
By debbie Grady
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The very idea of writing you a letter makes the knot come back in my throat and the tears return to my eyes. There is so much I want to tell you. So much of life has gone by yet, it seems like just yesterday we were sewing my wedding dress together.
It is so cool how even now you continue to inspire me. It's been such a long time since I've been able to feel your warm embrace, smell the scent of your AVON perfume and rest in your loving smile. Yet, you still inspire me. The loss of you was sure to be my destruction however, God had better plans. Your words of wisdom continue to speak to me today as they did back when we had our talks on the old porch swing. The gentle yet firm correction you would give me still continues to instruct my behavior to this day. My heart aches for you and at the same time God consumes my sorrow with the most amazing peace and joy. Can you believe that? I was such a mamma's girl, now I tend to be more of a Daddy's girl. Now that dad is with you in Heaven, I'm sure this sounds strange so let me explain. I have found that God is the perfect parent. I call Him my Abba Daddy, therefore I am now a "Daddy's girl".
Mike is doing well and is back in aviation and my job is going fine. Last year I started a web site for people who have lost their moms. It's called MissingMyMom.com. After you died, I met so many women and children that had lost their moms as well, it's like we were all so desperate to talk about it. I've met some of the most magnificent women across the U.S. through the site and have realized that the sorrow I had been carrying around for so long had turned into this huge pity pit I was drowning in. When I finally looked up and asked God to pull me out I looked back down in that pit and saw so many others just like me. It's not that we want to be miserable it's just that we miss you so much and long for your companionship again. It was only when I took my eyes off of me and focused on our Saviour that I realized there could be joy again. Remember the song we used to sing in church "The Joy of The Lord Is My Strength"? I get it now, I finally get it! The joy I now experience comes from the Lord and not me. My joy tends to be like a roller coaster. God's joy is perfect, consistent and strong. This joy has freed me up to cry when I want to cry (like right now) and laugh when I want to laugh. I'm no longer stuck in that pity pit mom. It's taken a while but God has been patient. Oh mom, thank you for teaching me the love of scripture at a young age. It has been the foundation of my healing, my life and my freedom. You have been a fantastic mom to me and will continue to be in the years to come. Thank you for all the memories you made with me and the boys. You allowed our imagination to take us on some of the most amazing journey's. You made our normal boring lives come alive with adventure. Thank you mom for making the memories and I thank God for the memory of you.
You will always be a part of me. I love and miss you so very much.
P.S. Tell dad I said hi!
All my love,
Your Daughter Forever
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