Psalms 23:6 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. (RSV)
Thought for the Day: In the arms of the Father
My mother was diagnosed with cancer after having hernia surgery and struggled in the hospital for weeks before her death. I remember well the drives between the small town where I lived and the city where she was in the hospital. That daily drive gave me time to talk with God and to get to know Him better. I found myself looking for signs in God’s skies and in the beauty around me. One day, my husband was with me and we looked out to see a cloud with a silver lining because the sun shone perfectly behind it. Both of us remarked that it was a “sign” that my mother was going to be okay. In our earthly minds, we hoped that meant that she was going to be physically okay, but in my spiritual heart of hearts, I knew she was going home to her heavenly father soon.
The drives back and forth seemed lonely at times, but they also gave me time with God to truly realize that going home to Him was a beautiful and perfect thing. I found myself more at peace and more in the knowledge that “home” is where my mother needed to be, in the arms of her father.
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving me the time I needed with you during a very difficult time. Thank you for letting me know that everything is okay. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE FACING THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE