Last week was a challenging one for our family. On Monday July 17th my mother’s heart stopped and she was rushed to the hospital. Our family came to be with her at that time. She rallied so that all the extra measures could be removed and she was back to her normal self by Thursday morning. In the afternoon on Thursday she slipped away into her Lord’s presence. On Saturday we held a memorial service at Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, IL where family and friends gathered.
There were at least two significant aspects of the happenings last week which show the providence of God. Paul put it into perspective when he said, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” The first one was the visit of my brother who was traveling from New Jersey to Colorado where he lives. He stopped for the weekend and so he was there to call 911 when she went down. As she lives alone there would have been no one present to help her if he had not been there. The second evidence of God’s providence was the fact he allowed my mother’s five children and their mates to get to the hospital and to have some quality time with her. For over 48 hours we were able to talk with her and share our love with her. What a blessing to be able to have that time to prepare us for what was ahead.
My mom’s favorite dessert was blackberry cobbler. The hospital cafeteria had that on their menu on Thursday, and so one of my brothers brought a large serving up to her room. As it turned out she enjoyed that cobbler for her last meal. Following that the therapist came in to take her for a walk and immediately she passed from this life. My mother had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in her late teens while attending business college in Peoria, IL. In March 2006 she had celebrated her 84th birthday and so she was ready to go! We will miss her, but we would not wish her back from the Lord’s presence.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”