Saturday, May 07, 2016

Mother's Day not the same this year

Many know by now, my mom passed away from a short battle with brain cancer on Febraury 8, 2016. We had her internment on April 23, and the memories came flooding back. It was our final farewell to her. 

This year will be the first time Mother's Day will not see me calling and/or going to Lindsay to see her and have a meal. It will be a mixed day for me emotionally - excited for my wife who is mother to our kids, yet sorrow at the same time for mom will be missed.

I know she is with Jesus and is most likely helping to party plan for the marriage supper of the Lamb, but I do miss her. She really encapsulated what Proverbs 31:10 - 31 was all about:

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I read this at her internment and everyone agreed this is who mom is, and I say is because she is alive with Jesus and I will see her again. So... Happy Mother's Day mom... I love and miss you and will see you again!