Days of Thanksgiving…Day 15

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Mom, Harriett Wells Craig

November is full of family birthdays for me.  Today is my mother’s.  She is celebrating in heaven.  Although she is 89 today, I know that in heaven she is as young and vibrant as she is in this picture.

I used to mourn my mother, but not anymore. How can I mourn for someone who is in the presence of Jesus? Not only that but I know she is also in the presence of many members of her family. She is full of life and joy.

Because I don’t mourn her anymore doesn’t mean I don’t miss her.  I miss her a lot. I know someday I will see her again and that fills me with joy overflowing.

The first few years after Mom’s death, when I thought of her, I thought of her as dead. That left me feeling sad and burdened.  I knew she had given her heart to God, so I knew “someday” she would live again.  It wasn’t until I surrendered to Jesus and really started seeking Him that I discovered something that changed my outlook.  It was the passage in 2 Corinthians which states that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Her body (tent) may have worn out and died, but her spirit is indeed with Jesus! That is what enabled me to stop mourning and rejoice for her

My Mom was the most beautiful woman I have ever known.  She was full of grace, mercy, kindness, and love.  She always had a sincere and radiant smile. I don’t believe she ever met anyone that didn’t love, respect, and admire her.

Today I am thankful for my mother.  Happy birthday sweet lady!

 

 

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