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This week was the 9 year anniversary of the death of my mother. The date was reminded to me by Facebook re-sharing with me something I wrote. It brought back memories.
I think one of the hardest things I have ever gone through in this life was when my mother became ill, had a stroke, and died. Before she had the stroke, besides her not feeling well, there were really no visible issues. There were plenty of medical problems going on behind the scenes though. Which, eventually, this led to her having a stroke which put her in the hospital, followed by rehab, and then a nursing home for memory care.
After the stroke, she did not have any physical issues, but she did have problems issues which meant she could not remember most people's names, form sentences which made sense to us, and a host of other things. It was a very challenging and heart-breaking time. To have your mother not be able to say your name or anything you understood, though the sentences were complete and spoken clearly, ripped my heart apart.
However, I noticed throughout the time of caring for my mother, I had a calm and comfort within me despite my being stressed out or upset about the situation. I know, how can that be? As it happened many times, including just before she passed away, I began to understand it was God giving His Comfort and Love.
After my mother passed away, I felt this strange comfort and a peace that passes all understanding. When I realized it was that, I remember reading in the Bible:
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:7
When I became a Christian many years ago now, I remember a peace in my heart that has stayed with me through the years and I was blessed to have known the peace that passes all understanding during the difficult challenging events of life.
My mother was a Christian. She never failed to show me God's Way by her example and love. When she passed away, I take comfort in knowing that I will see her in heaven one day. We will rejoice of God's Love hand-in-hand on that glorious day.
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