Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            This past week was filled with several things that kept me pretty busy.  A trip to see my mother, a trip to Springer, NM to hand out school supplies and share Christ, a birthday party for a young lady who turned 80 and of course the services on Wednesday and Sunday.

            I could tell you some really great things about each of those times, but I’ll spare you.  What I do want to share with you is something that happened when I went to see my mother.

            Mom has been struggling since my Dad passed away in May of 2015.  Mom is dealing with early stages of dementia.  She is now in a nursing home and doing much better.

            I believe that the routine, getting her meds on schedule and eating a balanced meal has helped her immensely.  The struggle is not over for sure, but all in all, my sisters and I are happy about her situation at this time.

            I had not been able to get up to see Mom for some time so I didn’t know how things would be when I got there.  She was sitting in the dining hall when I arrived.  She was surrounded by people as they were playing a game.

            But when I rounded the corner she looked up and saw me.  A huge smile came to her face and she stood up.  Then she said, “Oh, Paul, you don’t know how happy I am to see you!”  We hugged and she gave me a kiss.  That moment made the four hour drive worth it all!  I truly felt like I was home.

            Vicky – my oldest sister – and I then visited with her and others there at the home.  It was just a nice quiet time.  Some of the time we were in her room then we went to the dining hall to eat.  Mom wasn’t wild about the spaghetti they had but she did like the garlic bread.

My youngest sister, Kathy came in and we had a great time visiting.  After she left we went back to Mom’s room and just talked about how she was doing and all that had been going on.  For the most part she did well.

Then she asked if we wanted to just stretch out and take a nap.  I looked at my sister and we pretty much decided that Mom was trying to tell us she was tired.  We told her that we were just going to go on home.  We said goodbye and headed out.

            As I headed home the one thing I remembered was Mom’s smile and the hug when I got there.  It made me think about another home going that I’m looking forward to at this time.

            One of these days I will leave this life and according to the promise of God, I will meet Him face to face.  Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 13:12 – “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”  When I see Jesus I know I’ll be smiling!

It is my hope that He will look at me, smile and say – Well done.  It doesn’t say in Matthew 25:34-40 that the Lord smiles, but I have to believe that He will smile as those who have trusted Him and followed Him stand before Him.

            Mom’s smile made me feel like I was home.  I believe that God’s smile will let me know that I am home.  Oh, what a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see!

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

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul