My good friend Linda - at A La Carte - decided to start a Sunday post on being grateful.
The very first thing that came to my mind is that I'm grateful for God and that I'm a Christian. I know where I'm going. I know that when things seem not okay - things really are okay - no matter how I feel.
I have have had many tests in my life when things were not going okay - and I've had to learn to have faith and trust in those times and I'm sure that I'll have many more 'tests' in my life.
I was blessed both my parents were Christian. My mom never missed church. I was raised since the day I was born as a Christian. She would sing Christian songs when I was little (sometimes it would make me crazy) and she would recite Bible verses (which would drive me crazy some times too). Now I do it!!! Go figure and I drive my kids/grand kids a little crazy. My mom used to say there is a song and a verse for everything?
When my mother was in hospice the last week of her life - I bunked out with her. Her/our family and friends came - one with a guitar - and we sang Christian songs to her every night. Then when they would leave - I would read to her from the Bible until I fell asleep. So she was serenaded into Heaven. Now she was in a coma that last week. Right before she died the afternoon of January 30th, 2003 - she opened her eyes - she looked at me, my daughter, and my niece - she lifted her right hand up as to take someone's hand - and Jesus came and got her. I know it. I just know it. The day before she had seen her mother and sister and talked to them. She was ready to go to a better place. And that was a gift she gave me.
Rosemary - she did those ceramic praying hands. She had so much artistic talent.
“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue.”
John Adams (1735-1826);
2nd U.S. PresidentI think my mom did just that!