Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Whispers from the Lord

I often read "Our Daily Bread" devotions via email before I even get out of bed in the mornings (on my phone). The week before my mother died were some of the toughest days of my life; that email was a lifeline from the Lord. (Late nights staying up by her bedside, I discovered that they sometimes even hit my inbox early.)

They each have the days date on which they should be read:

September 17th, 2011 - the day before my mother died, while we struggled so much caring for her as she suffered and struggled - I read about how we cannot put life in reverse- and here is the ending quote -
When long and steep the path appears
Or heavy is the task,
Our Father says, “Press on, My child;
One step is all I ask.” —D. De Haan

September 18th, 2011 - the day she died - the main verse - A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. —Ecclesiastes 3:4

September 20th, 2011 - the day before her funeral - the main verse - Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. —Matthew 5:4

September 21st, 2011 - the day we buried her body - a quote "Dr. Mezirow says that adults learn best when faced with what he calls a “disorienting dilemma”—something that “helps you critically reflect on the assumptions you’ve acquired” (Barbara Strauch, The New York Times)" and then ended with this - "Unsettling experiences that cause us to question our assumptions about the Lord can also lead us to a deeper understanding and trust in Him—if we’re willing to think it through and come to Him." —David McCasland

Today - as I reflect on the legacy she leaves to me - "These words which I command you . . . you shall teach them diligently to your children." —Deuteronomy 6:6-7

She not only taught me, but hundreds of children, the Word of God. One of her FAVORITE things was helping children memorize verses from the Bible.  She made it fun. She made it stick. And I am thankful.  


Penny said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Beth! I'll be praying for you. Praise God that she was a Godly woman and that you know this separation will only be temporary, and, when you see her again, it will be the most joyful of reunions.

Cathy said...

Nothing is accidental with God, not even our devotions. He is always there encouraging and loving us.

God bless you my friend.

ShalomSeeker said...

I just love you, Beth. I continue to hold you in my heart and carry you before His throne. Thank you for seeing His hand in the mist and for sharing it with us. He is beautiful in you.