Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            I realize that as you read this Mother’s Day will have passed.  But something happened over the weekend that I want to share with you.

            On Saturday morning, Vicki and I got up early and headed for Wakita, OK.  We were going up to see my mother, my sisters and a couple of cousins who were coming in to visit.  It was going to be a good time.

            When we pulled up to the Community Health Center (CHC), my sister, Becky, was getting my mom into the golf cart and going to take her to the house.  My youngest sister, Kathy, said that mom had been having some good days and I knew that the real test would be if she knew who I was.  I stepped out of the car and she said, “Oh, Paul, I’m so glad to see you.”

            After we got to the house the real test began.  Family from all over started showing up.  Some of them were in their early 90’s, others around my age and even one of my kids and four grandkids made it.  All total there were about 35.

            Mom knew just about everyone that showed up.  She knew some by name, while others by association.  She seemed to have a wonderful time.  It was amazing!  My oldest sister, Vicky, said it was like her issues with dementia were not a problem.

            Yes, Mom has dementia, plus early stages of Alzheimer’s.  It is a struggle for her at times.  I have talked with her over the phone and she has called me Bob or Doyle which were two of her seven brothers.  After Dad died, we became aware of issues she was having.  Earlier this year we placed her at the CHC so she could get more help.  It was a tough decision, but one that was necessary.

But Saturday, she knew who I was and where I fit in the family.  At one point, Mom, my three sisters and I were sitting in the living room.  Someone walked in and asked what we were doing.  Mom said that we were having a family meeting – just she and her children.  It was so awesome to hear her react in that way.

            Mom was always that Proverbs 31 kind of woman.  She just took care of things whenever they needed to be done.  She was always working in the church and providing for her family whether it was keeping the house clean or cooking.  I can tell you for sure that she made a great peach pie!

            Mom has fulfilled the call that God gave her in life as a wife and a mother.  She did all that needed to be done and then some.  She was surrendered to the Lord, loving her husband and her family.  Even though she can’t do all she has done in the past, we remember the woman she once was.

            Prov. 31:28-31 says – “Her children rise up and bless; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying, 29 ‘Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all’.  30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.  31 Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

            Virginia Nachtigall is known as a friend, sister, aunt, mother and grandma.  Yet she will surely be known in years to come as a woman of God.  She may not remember it all, but we do.  So, thanks Mom for following the Lord and being there for us.  We love you.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul