My last photo with Mom just a few days before her departure to Heaven
With the ongoing struggles Elaine continues to endure, I fondly remember our mom tonight. Mom and I talked most everyday, and she humbly displayed Godly wisdom and hope. How many times I have wanted to pick up the phone, since her departure nearly eight months ago, and hear her ‘take’ on ongoing life events.
Today in my Bible, I ran across a list of Scriptures that she had felt led to share with me just weeks before her unexpected death. The Scriptures she shared held both promise and hope. She knew I needed hope. One Scripture that she shared: Romans 15:13 – “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Another Scripture on her shared list: Romans 5:5 – “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Mom hoped for the best and saw the best in people–a lesson I, her son, am still learning. Her upbeat personality and words of encouragement resounded far and wide. I so appreciated the spiritual heritage she left me.
Hope must abound in one to truly pass it on to others. What a tribute to be remembered as an encourager as was Mom. May the LORD equip me to follow in my mom’s footsteps and be an encourager regardless of life’s circumstances.