When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. (C.S.Lewis)
This blog is dedicated to two very special lives – my mother and our new grandson. Both were souls to celebrate as they passed from one world to the next in May. As Mom was leaving this world, Kai was entering it. She died peacefully on April 28th and Kai was born the day after her memorial service. I like to imagine that although mom never got to see her first great-grandbaby here on earth, somehow God arranged for them to meet each other in that secret Spirit place as she passed and he was not yet born. What would she have said to him? Knowing Mom, it would sound something like this…
“Be happy and look for the good in everyone. Say your prayers, mind your parents, make good choices especially in friends and be wise in how you spend your time and money. Always do the best you can. Respect every good thing God has given you on this earth. Take time for the simple things. Make music and laugh a lot. Be a gentleman with good manners and always remember your mama’s birthday. Stay close to family. Go to church and find your way to God. He’s waiting for you. I’ll be watching over you. Oma loves you.”
If it is with great rejoicing that we invite a new life into this world, then just imagine the noise in heaven when a believer passes from time into eternity.
I made a promise that I would keep Mom’s (and Dad’s) memory alive so that Kai would know them and from that know more of himself and the good stock he came from. And I’ve promised Kai that I will always be praying for him to find his way to God in this life because God is very near, waiting, loving and celebrating his beloved creation.
Our month in the States was a crazy mix of stress and fun. The best times were spent with friends and family and as always, it’s so hard to leave them behind as we return to Crete. But because of these two life events, we were reminded that our time on earth is very short and once a loved one is gone, there’s no time to say things you wished you’d said before. So our hugs were a little longer, conversations a little deeper, laughs a little sweeter and forgiveness a lot more urgent. I’m so thankful that Mom and I didn’t leave much unsaid between us. We had a very special friendship in our adult lives but she will always be my mother first. And the next time I think to myself, “Oh no – I’m becoming my mother” I’ll wear it proudly with a smile and do my best to pass on her legacy of love.