Archive for December, 2011

Reflections:

Since 2008 I have lost three dear women in my life.  My mom died in 2008, my Aunt died in 2009 and two weeks ago my Grandmother died.  All three of these ladies had a huge impact on my life and the way I live my life now.  All three are now in heaven and enjoying the splendor of our glorious Savior.

I am reminded of the words that Paul told Timothy about his mother and grandmother in 2 Timothy 1 and how they taught him from an early age the right things in life.  How to be respectful, how to have good manners and about Jesus Christ.  That is what all three of these women did with me.  They were always teaching me something, even when I didn’t realize they were doing it.  How beautiful heaven will be because of these three wonderful women.

While I deeply miss them being here with me, I rejoice in knowing that none of them are suffering from the illnesses that plagued them here on this earth.  I miss the summer months spent at my grandmother’s house in the country and all the wonderful things she did for me as her grandson.  It wasn’t because our was related to her that she did these things for me, she did them because she loved me (just as she loved all 14 of us grandkids).  My grandmother defined the word GRANDMOTHER!  My Aunt, though confined to a wheelchair, never ceased to amaze me with all she could and would do.  She was a strong woman of God and she loved Jesus and never allowed her handicap to hinder her in serving Him.  She ensured that my weeks with her were fun and meaningful and we never missed a Sunday service (even though back then I wasn’t a Baptist).

And what can I say about my mother except she was truly the best.  Hard and firm while at the same time soft and loving (only a mother can do that).  There is not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and wish I could talk to her one more time.  Oh I still talk to her in my own way, but it is just not the same.  I am thankful for my church planting a tree in her honor so I can spend some time out there and reflect on how wonderful she was to me and how thankful I am for God giving me her for a mother.

While we always think of three wise men in the Christmas Story, I am thankful God gave me three wise women in my life story to teach me and train my in the ways of the Lord.  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6

I have no doubt that all three of these wonderful women heard these words from our gracious God “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord

So my final words to my mom, aunt Von, and grandmother are simply “Thank you and I love you.  Look forward to our glad reunion day in glory”

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