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!