Reflecting on memories of a life well lived. This is what we all–family and friends–did 5 years ago today at my Mom’s memorial service at the Evangelical Baptist Church in Laconia, New Hampshire.
I am thankful for the outpouring of love and support my siblings and I, along with our families, received during this difficult time.
Family members and friends gathered to honor the life of my Mom and share precious memories. It was a beautiful ceremony, as family, friends, and many nurses who had worked with Mom over her 50+ year nursing career, paid tribute to her life and what she had meant to us all. We family members wore purple clothing and accessories–Mom’s favorite color–in her honor. After the main service, we had a reception with refreshments, and lots of displays of pictures and special mementos for everyone to enjoy.
My Mom had a daily devotional calendar with quotes from Max Lucado’s book, Traveling Light (which I now have in my home). Ironically, the theme of the devotionals over the days between when Mom passed away and the day of her funeral…were about how Jesus, as our Shepherd, guides us from the valley of the shadow of death into His eternal presence. Here are some of those lines:
“He knows the path.
He has walked this trail many times.
He will lead the flock to the mountains.
‘Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
for You are with me; Your rod
and Your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).”
“He will lead us to the high country.
When the pasture is bare down here…
our Shepherd will lead us out of the flat lands.
He will take us to the mountain
by way of the valley.
He will guide us to His house
through the valley of the shadow of death.”
“We all have to face death.
In a life marked by doctor appointments,
dentist appointments, and school appointments,
there is one appointment that none of us will miss:
the appointment with death.
‘Everyone must die once,
and after that be judged by God’ (Hebrews 9:27).”
“BUT…I will fear no evil; for YOU are with me.”
—Max Lucado in “Traveling Light” [devotionals for dates July 7 to 11]
Thank you for visiting and continuing to read and comment, as I made a change from my usual format to reflect on this special 5th anniversary of remembering my Mom, as she left this life and entered eternal life. Among her final words to us were, “I’m ready to go, to meet my Lord and my Ben.” We could just imagine him standing next to Jesus, waiting with a welcoming embrace for his beloved Rena, after their 9-year separation since his own home-going.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you like the idea of celebrating the life of a loved one, rather than getting too weighed down with sorrow at their passing?
Do you believe you and your loved ones are “ready to go” and that you will some day see loved ones again who have already passed on?