Since this is the first "Moment" you have received in a while you might like an explanation. From time to time over the last few years we have missed a few weeks that were unannounced, so when an out-of-town trip at the beginning of August made it difficult to get something out, it did not seem to be a problem.
It is interesting to see that in the last post that I wrote I mentioned how uncertain life is. My mother, who lived five minutes from us, soon had a heart attack and then a fall (or those events maybe in opposite order) the night before her 91st birthday. For the next 18 days she was in serious condition, with us at her side most of the time, and she passed from this life on September 2 on her wedding anniversary. Then came a week of planning and conducting two memorial services, and working through the normal emotions that come with losing someone who is vitally involved in your life. (And that work will continue.)
Now as we try to get back to something like normal life, I want to share with you something I found in my mother's bedside drawer. On a very small piece of paper about the size of a post-it note, she had written this:
I keep telling myself: "DO NOT be dismayed:” Just trust in God’s promises:
- to strengthen me
- to help me
- to hold me up
And w/his help, I know I can make it.
(at the bottom of this you can see a picture of the actual note)
In my mom's last years she dealt with a lot of pain, but with this statement I hear her saying that she regularly changed her mind and focused on God's promises not on her pain. I plan to mount and laminate this little note and let it speak to me the rest of my life, for I, too, need to keep "telling myself" these thoughts.
Next week, I want to share another lesson she taught me and many others, and one she continues to teach today.