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Topic: REFLECTION (10/10/19)
- TITLE: The Long Journey Home
By Dawn Denyes
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I reflect on the first time I met mom. It was three days before I married her son and she welcomed me with open arms. I remember how she smiled with joy at our wedding and how she continues to love me like a mother rather than a mother-in-law.
I reflect upon the wonderful stories she tells. Stories of romance and how handsome she thought dad was when she first met him. How they married and he went off to World War II three months later. How she worried for him every day while he was gone. How she rejoiced when he came home. Stories of her childhood and how her family survived the Great Depression. How she was only allowed one pair of shoes per year during that time. How she survived a year with the ugliest shoes she had ever seen, waiting for the day when she could get a new pair; only to be told that the ones she had would be re-soled, not replaced.
I reflect on her vivacious spirit. How she chose to live after dad died. How she lived completely on her own from age 89 to her return home from the hospital with Hospice eight years later. How she passionately loves her family even in the process of dying.
I reflect on her faith. She loves her Lord. In her lucid moments, she begs the Lord to take her home. She has pictures of Jesus from the 1970â€™s in her dining room and on her dresser. All three of her sons are in the ministry in some capacity. Her daughter credits mom for getting her through some of the hardest times in her life. Mom is a faithful example and a steady influence not only on her children, but also her twelve grandchildren and her eighteen great-grandchildren.
I reflect on how much we will grieve when she is gone. Psalm 116:15 says, â€œPrecious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.â€ (1) All of heaven will rejoice with her home-going, but we will be left with an empty place that will never again be filled this side of heaven. Yet we do not â€œgrieve as others do who have no hope.â€ (2) We know we will see her again. We know we will hear even more stories as we spend eternity with her worshipping our Lord. In the meantime, we reflect on the fact that in a few short days, we will have one more reason to look forward to heaven.
We love you, mom.
(1) Psalm 116:15 (ESV)
(2) 1 Thessalonians 4:13 (ESV)
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