Just a quick update.
I posted yesterday that I wasn’t sure I would be able to share my thoughts at my mother’s funeral yesterday.
I asked for prayers.
As I was falling asleep Monday night I remembered one of my favorite portions of Scripture, Philippians 4: 6 & 7: (italics mine.)
Be careful for nothing (don’t worry about anything); but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, and with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (tell God about them.)
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding,will keep (protect) your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
As I fell asleep, I knew I would be able to share my thoughts. It was like a cloud of peace came over me. I felt “cocooned” from fear and anxiety.
The day was hard. But when the time came, I was able to say what I needed to say without falling apart. Others spoke as well and it was truly a celebration of her life. There were times the attendees (of which there were far many more than I thought there would be), were actually laughing. That’s exactly what we wanted.
My mom said and did some very funny things.
Believe it or not, the scripture portion I asked my husband to read was from II Samuel 12: 15-22, where King David is mourning his son because he is very ill. The son dies and David quits mourning. This was our message to everyone, to remember my mom but not to be consumed with grief.
Here’s the thing, love the people in your life the very best you can and then when the time comes to say good-bye, you don’t have to have regrets.
I will share more at another time but for now, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who lifted me up in prayer.
God bless and have a wonderful day.