The Gift of Today
She asked me a few weekends ago which name I prefer to be called: Mom? Mama? Or Mommy?
I told her “Mommy.”
We had just had a girl’s weekend together, as our son Elliot was in Mexico on a mission trip and Garrett and Paul went camping and fly-fishing together. We cleaned out closets, re-organized, shopped, ate at Wendy’s, played badminton, swam and watched Little Women together. It was a charmed weekend.
Ten years ago today I was crying out those exact words. “Oh, Mommy, Mommy! Do you really have to go?” as my Mom left this life, after a long battle with cancer.
I read the Love Chapter this morning:
Trusts God always
Always looks for the best
Never looks back
Keeps going until the end
The smile on her face and the gentleness she had toward others was rare. The concern she had for the sick was beautiful, as I remember a neighbor who had cancer and how Mom would take food to their family, and sit with the dying woman.
Mom took the Word to heart and lived out I Corinthians 13. She fought the good fight up until the very end.
Ten years later, today, I am reminded not only of my Mom’s passing and her gift in my life, but that I have been handed another very special gift right now.