Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The past couple of weeks have been a little difficult. But God has brought us through and blessed us in the midst of it all. Let me explain.

We first got a call that Vicki’s Dad had fallen and broken his neck. He was in the hospital in Enid and they would do surgery on Monday. They wanted all his kids there just in case things didn’t go well. Bob’s surgery went well and he is currently in rehab. His journey is not over, but God is making a way for him along the way.

Then I got a text that my Mom was not doing well. She was nonresponsive at the nursing home. Vicki and I headed up to Enid on Sunday afternoon. We saw her Dad then headed to Wakita to see Mom. She had her eyes partially open and her breathing was shallow. We visited with my sister, Kathy. We prayed with Mom and then headed back to Enid.

We hadn’t been in bed but just a bit when I received a text from Kathy that said – “She fought the good fight, she finished the course - 12:08 AM.” When I read it my heart was at ease. Mom’s struggle was over.

As I lay in the bed my mind raced back over the years when Mom was going strong. She loved Dad and gave herself to him. She worked with him some at the grocery store and made sure that he had food on the table when he got home.

She took care of us kids, her grandkids and the great-grandkids. She was a woman with a servant’s heart. She did whatever she could for her family so that they would have what they needed, whether it was during the day or late at night.

She worked with children at the church showing them love that they needed. Some of those kids even came to Wakita to see Mom in the nursing home. She truly showed them that she cared by sharing the love of Jesus with them.

You could say a lot of things about Mom’s love, but her greatest love was for Christ. She sought to keep Him in the center of all she did and with everyone she met. Mom’s love knew no bounds.

I guess you would have to say that Mom was truly a Proverbs 31 woman. 10 “An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her and he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Mom truly loved my Dad.

Then 31:15 – “She rises also while it is still night, and gives food to her household, and portions to her maidens.” She always had a breakfast for us. Then in v.20 “She extends her hand to the poor; and she stretches out her hands to the needy.” She reached out to others.

The last verses surely say it all – 28 “Her children rise up and bless her; 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.”

Mom had a love for people and did all she could to be there for them no matter what it cost her. Mom wasn’t perfect but she truly sought to share the love of Christ with everyone she met. She even loved me when I was probably driving her crazy!

While our family must go through this time, it is not without the hope found in Christ. Mom trusted Christ as her Savior, held to Him as her Lord and is now with Him. She would agree with Paul in 2 Cor. 5:8 – “we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

To all the mom’s out there let me say this – God has given you a great task. Hold to Christ and let Him direct you.

To my Mom – “Thanks Mom! I love you!”

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

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul