As a mother in Christ you have encouraged me beyond your ability to know. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the daily tasks and endless chores and start to feel like quitting, but then I think of you and how much you have endured to this point in your life. No one lives without experiencing disappointment and heartbreak, but you have learned to place those struggles in perspective. Looking at your smiling face now I can see you calling them light and momentary afflictions, as the apostle Paul did. What a perspective! I can be so short-sighted and selfish, but you seem to have developed the trust and perseverance to sing, “be not dismayed, what e’er betide; God will take care of you.”
I see you sitting there in worship. You come every time you are able, and often when others would say they are too sick or inconvenienced to make it. Thank you for your example of dedication. You have not given up on encouraging the saints (Hebrews 10:24-25). Even when I know you cannot always hear what is said or see all that I see you are still there and that encourages me. Please continue to do what you can, but if you truly cannot always be there I will understand, and I know our Heavenly Father understands all.
When you are at the meeting house I want to remind the children not to push past you as they play and expend their boundless energy. I know that you enjoy seeing them, but they also need to be considerate of those who are not as sturdy on their feet as they used to be. Children are innocent, but they need to be taught to think of others and treat them with respect. You did that with your own children, and I want to encourage young mothers to pass that courtesy on to the next generation. Please be patient when we forget and remind us lovingly when we need it. We do want to show how much we honor and love your generation.
Your life has been filled with loved ones who no longer walk with you. Please tell me about them. When you share their stories of happy days you leave a legacy that will instruct us all. Not all your memories of them will bring you joy, but if you will try harder to remember those good times I can share with you in celebrating the lives they lived. Hold on to those bright moments. Please don’t allow your days to be clouded by the regret and loss that I know you feel. The happy thoughts they left with you can be your comfort as you travel now without them. They would want you to be consoled by the happy memories you have.
As you pass your days in the simple ways that surround you now I am often with you in thought and prayers, even though I cannot sit with you and visit the way I would like to. I am so grateful that God is there with you and that your strength comes from Him.
Your loving friend,
“So, we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Cor 4:16-17