Finding the Riches in Mourning

It has been a little over a month since my Mama passed on to the presence of Jesus. I continue to learn about grieving. And about how tears can flood your eyes because of the littlest memory. Or because of nothing at all. It’s an emotional time.

I was at a group last week for church. A woman I believe is older than me, talked about her mother. And I confess, I fought a little jealousy that she still had her mom. And I got a card from a friend’s mom, who is in her nineties, and still able to think clearly and give advice and help to her daughter. She wrote such an eloquent note on the card. It made me wonder what it would be like to be my age and still have a mama’s wisdom and guidance. I marveled at how rich my friend is to be so blessed.

The thought hits me sometimes that I don’t have a mom anymore. And I feel instantly sad and lonely and lost. But then I remind myself, I still do have a mother. She’s just in her true Home now. She’s healed and well and in the presence of Jesus. And I will see her again, and for eternity!

It helped me to read this part of a sermon,  “Fallen Asleep” Sermon #2659, January 29, 1882, by Charles Spurgeon, from the book We Shall See God by Randy Alcorn:

Did you ever notice, concerning Job’s children, that when God gave him twice as much substance as he had before, he gave him only the same number of children as he formerly had? The Lord gave him twice as much gold and twice as much of all sorts of property, but he only gave him the exact number of children he had before. Why did he not give the patriarch double the number of children as well as twice the number of cattle? Why, because God regarded his children who had died as being Job’s still.

They were dead to Job’s eye, but they were visible to Job’s faith. God numbered them still as part of Job’s family, and if you carefully count up how many children Job had, you will find that he had twice as many in the end as he had in the beginning. In the same way, consider your friends who are asleep in Christ as still yours — not a single one is lost.

Mama is not lost. She is still mine. I still have a mother. I always will.

And my Dad is still here on earth with me. Though I’ve mostly been concerned about him and trying to take care of him, today he called me. And he asked me how I was and how I’d slept and what was going on. When I told him I was tired, he told me to go take a nap. And as I hung up the phone, I realized…I’m rich, too.

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6 thoughts on “Finding the Riches in Mourning

  1. Denise says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Your posts help me so much, and I am sure, many others as well. Thank you for sharing. ❤

  2. Joyce Weisent says:

    Precious post! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  3. Adrienne says:

    Someone put me in touch with your blog and I’m so glad I found you! My sweet mom went into the presence of Jesus early in January after a long struggle with dementia. Your words are so true of my journey. I and SO thankful that I could walk this tough road with my mom to the very end. Mourning is something that’s different every day but the memories are so precious! Thank you for your open sharing – it touches my heart!
    ~Adrienne~

    • chermor2 says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Adrienne. Neither of us will ever regret that we were there for our mothers, giving what comfort we could and gathering in the memories.
      Thank you so much for your message. It comforts me to hear the thoughts I share are an encouragement to others. May God continue to give you grace in this season of mourning.
      ~Cheryl~

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