Some time has now passed since Mom’s death and it may be time to start sharing some of the amazing events and moments in her last days and hours with us. I will never be able to say enough good things about Mom; she was an extraordinary woman….a fortitude beyond measure, a peace that enveloped all in her sphere.
Mom’s funeral was on a Wednesday. It was a celebration of life lived and a faith that quietly moved mountains. The next day was to be the internment. A small contingent of our family gathered to travel to the grave site that Thursday morning; five of us in total. We hopped in my sister’s car, stopped at the gas station to fill the car up and guess who begins to drive by us just as we were pulling out of the gas station lot? I said, “Look! There goes Mom, she is still leading the way.” The funeral home vehicle carrying Mom to her final resting place pulled right in front of us as if the time, the moment had been orchestrated, choreographed. So we followed; her family followed.
That moment grabbed me, I think it grabbed us all.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” Luke 5:8-11
Part of what I felt in that drive to the cemetery was a pep talk from Mom. “You guys can do this; don’t stop following the ways I have shown you, don’t be afraid. What matters is loving the Lord and sharing Him in your life always. Come on, let’s get me put to bed so you can move on.” In real life, Mom would never have talked like that; those words are how I interrupt the moment. Mom rarely taught through words; her life lived was the lesson taught. But the encouragement and peace I felt in following her life to the very end was real.
Kinda like Easter, isn’t it? I can hear Christ say, “Follow me to the grave and then life will really begin.”
Blessed is He,