Sunday, January 5, 2014

One Year Ago

One year ago today my dear mother suddenly and unexpectedly died in her home.  She was 86.  We think she died instantly without pain.  (The coroner believes it was a brain aneurysm)  We think it was Saturday morning because she was in her nightgown, but no lights were on.  (No one found her until Sunday)  We think she was ready to say her prayers, or had just finished. (Her bed pillow was on the floor by her bed, and she always used it to kneel on)  These are the things that we think.  

Here is what i know.  

I know that she did not die alone.  In Hebrews 13:5  the Lord promises that He will never leave us or forsake us and because God is faithful, I can always trust him to keep his promises.

I know that she is in heaven with the Lord, where she is singing (loudly) laughing (fully) and praising (continually).   In Psalms 16:11 it says that in the Lord's presence is fullness of joy. In His right hand are pleasures forever. 

I know that she can see clearly now...that her eyesight is beyond perfect.  (What a glorious thing to be able to see Jesus face to face!)

I know that I miss her.  

Most of all, I know that I will see her again one day.  

For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto him against that day.  (2 Timothy 1:12)

Mom (in the center) with her sisters on her 85th birthday.  


  1. I miss her too. Beautiful, truth-filled post.

  2. Perfectly said. Thinking of you today. Hang onto those "knows". Love you,my friend.

  3. oh tears... that was a horrible day... only made better by the beautiful life she lived and the fact that we all knew she was already running around Heaven. I can totally hear her saying, "MARLA, you wouldn't believe this..." I truly hope that if I came to Gridley church for such a short time, everyone would say I made as big of an impact as she did. She is sorely missed.

  4. others have said it before me, but my first thought was, Beautiful! missing your mom!!

  5. I didn't know her long, just long enough to realize what a very special lady she was!!

  6. What a beautiful writing for a beautiful Christian lady. Mom and our whole family LOVED your precious Mom Marla! We miss her. . . thinking of you. . . Love & Prayers, Max, Beth, and Family Psalm 23

  7. Loved this that we have such a wonderful party waiting for us someday too!
    Katya :)

  8. Marla...I know two things from reading this:
    1. I love you so much.
    2. My heart feels happy and sad at the same time.
    I can only imagine how happy she must be to be at home...finally at a real and permanent home...she doesn't have to use a pillow to kneel on to talk to God anymore. :) Face to face. How lucky she is. :) Thanks for posting!!