After a six-year battle with cancer, my dear mother went home to Jesus at the age of 91. She truly loved the Lord and was a very strong woman. Mom totally depended on God for everything. She refused to take any medicine and said, "God will help me through this." And He did! She is now rejoicing around His throne, where we will meet again.
I am very happy for my mother because she fought a good fight and finished victoriously. But at the same time, my heart is breaking because I miss her so very much. When my father died fourteen years ago, I felt the same emotions, rejoicing for him but sad for myself because he wasn't here on earth with me. Somehow, since Mom is gone, it seems that my heart aches so much more. I loved both my parents the same, so maybe my heartache is more now because I know that I don't have either parent to turn to when I face difficulty.
When reading my daily devotions today, this Scripture spoke to my heart:
Psalm 10:14 – But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. (NKJV)
Knowing that He does consider our trouble and grief and takes it in His hand is such a comfort to me now. If we commit ourselves to Him, He is the helper of the fatherless, which is what I was feeling like until I read this Scripture. Thank You, heavenly Father!
I know that we Christians will be reunited with our loved ones in Christ someday when it's our turn to go to that glorious heavenly home, but until then, we need to keep hiding and guarding His Word in our hearts and sharing it with others.
Prayer: Precious heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. May it always guide us in everything we do and go through in this life. We love You and thank You for loving us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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