This time last year, my mom ended her journey in this world and inherited the blessings promised to disciples of Jesus. Now I look forward to our reunion in the fullness of the Age to Come.
Shortly after her passing, I shared in this space how I found in her bedside drawer a very small piece of paper about the size of a post-it note on which 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)
I went on to say this: “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 keep this little note and let it speak to me the rest of my life, for I, too, need to keep 'telling myself' these thoughts.”
Now a year later, I can say that I have thought of no passage of Scripture more often in the last twelve months. I made Isa4110 a part of password I use often, so that again and again, I would be reminded of Isaiah’s words and of my mother’s example.
Life can dismay us. It has and it will again. New circumstances will shake us, but Isaiah and my mother helped me change my mind many times this last year, and focus on what God has promised about helping, strengthening and upholding. Feel free to use my password.