Faithful to Finish Her Course

Bass, Evelyn018

Our mom, Evelyn, departed for Heaven very unexpectedly twelve days ago. We had just celebrated her 89th birthday. God’s timing was impeccable, as always, in her getting to see many of her close family and friends during her last six months on earth.

In June we joyfully attended a rare family reunion in the community of her birth. In September, Mother felt led to host a family dinner which we so enjoyed. October came with a visit from her younger sister with their recounting wonderful memories of the past. About that time, Mother had received a good medical checkup, too. Her birthday (November 1st, All Saint’s Day) arrived with our hosting a family birthday gathering. Following that party her oldest son took her home with him, about 3 hours away, to continue the celebration. There she visited a dear female friend, not seen in years, who happened to be visiting back home from out of state. After all her fellowship, the Lord mercifully took Mother peacefully home in her sleep.

A few weeks before her departure, Mother had expressed to me and others that she was ready to meet the Lord. She remarked she hoped that she could “go out like a light.” God definitely honored that specific desire of her heart!

After my conducting both her graveside and memorial services in two different locations, I sense both sadness and joy. I have a deep heartache in our losing her yet an abounding joy knowing she is in the presence of the Lord. My joy comes in knowing she walked with God, lived for Jesus, and faithfully served Him throughout her life. She led me to Jesus during my eighth year of life and touched scores of people for Christ.

Mother’s life was not an easy one as she, too, experienced dark nights of the soul that she graciously and courageously persevered. My sister and I had a long conversation last night about our mama. She left us a wonderful spiritual legacy that we wish to carry forth in our own lives. Mother’s servant heart always shone through from caring for her parents, my dad, and most recently my sister, Elaine.

Our mom, Evelyn, now enjoys the fruit of her many labors in Heaven. She stayed her course, faithfully finished the race, and now joins in a chorus of praises to her Savior, Jesus. Hallelujah!


About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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