In awe of your presence

Today we say ‘goodbye’ to my mother-in-law. What a special lady she was in my life. Most people cannot say they are blessed to have two mothers, but I can. My mother-in-law loved unconditionally, gave unconditionally, and asked for nothing in return. When my father-in-law passed away, I sat beside her while friends and church family brought in food. I’ll never forget how uncomfortable this made her. She said, “I don’t like this, I don’t like this at all . . . I don’t like being the receiver; I’d rather be the giver.”  To which I replied, “Sometimes we have to be the receiver.”

This afternoon we are the receiver, again. We prepare ourselves to receive condolences after the funeral. Hard as this may be, I am so thankful that God is already ahead of us, waiting to comfort us through those who loved our dear mother. But isn’t that how our God works? Always one step ahead of us? Always patient? Always loyal? Always ready to comfort with outstretched, loving arms?

Today we say, “Hallelujah, Praise the Lord! Because His grace is sufficient, our cup runneth over.”


Dear Gracious and Loving Father,

Thank you for your never ceasing presence. But more than anything, thank you for the blessed gift of eternity. Oh, how each of us will rejoice when we reunite with our precious loved ones! 


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