Sometimes something typical and simple in Mom’s life reminds me of the most important thing in life….
As I was helping Mom with her bath, she kept asking her usual question, “Where’s Raymon?”
After her bath, when she was all dressed and ready to go, Dad came down the hall as Mom was leaving her room. She looked at him and asked, “Who are you?”
Dad replied cheerfully, “I’m your sweetheart. Forever and ever.”
“Okay,” Mom answered with a smile. And she walked down the hall with him.
When they were settled in the living room Dad handed Mom her brush and said, “Here, brush your hair now.” And she listened and did what he said and brushed through her freshly washed hair.
And it all makes me think of Jesus. Because we are created to be in a relationship with Him, and when we don’t know Him we long for Him, for His presence, for His peace, for His love….even when we don’t realize He is the one we’re missing.
And all along, Jesus is near. He’s telling us He loves us. He’s looking at each of us with warmth and compassion in His eyes saying that He will be our Savior. Forever and ever.
And all we have to do is accept that He died for our sins and trust Him. And then walk with Him. We just need to say, “Okay,” and then keep on saying “Okay” to whatever He asks us to do.
Sometimes He’ll call us to do things that are really hard. And sometimes we’ll fail. But Jesus will be right there with us…forgiving us, loving us, blessing us.
And He’ll never leave. He’ll be our Savior, the lover of our souls, forever. And ever.
Update: this post was written in 2014. It helps me to read it again and think about all I learned from Mom and Dad and to remember the faithfulness and love of God in all of our challenges. I hope it helps you, too.
How beautiful is their life and love story and how wonderful you always display it. They were blessed to have such a daughter!
Thank you, Evelyn! I was sure blessed to have them!
So sweet & heartbreaking at the same time. Many posts remind me of the way my Dad was with my Mother as they lived through the dreaded disease of Alzheimer’s.
It is a dreaded disease. I’m sorry your parents had to deal with it, too. Sounds like you had an inspiring Dad, too!
What a beautiful reminder of our need for Him, Cheryl. Thank you!
Thank you, Lynn!!
What a precious way to remind us of how much we ALWAYS need Him. If we truly are trusting Him, it makes it so much easier to just say “okay” to whatever He brings to us. Your mom was so funny even with the disease just like my mom. I love the pictures of your precious parents. They were so blessed to have such a daughter to love and care for them. Somehow, I believe they totally knew that. God bless you, Cheryl.
Thank you so much, Ivy! You are a blessing!