We celebrated my mom's 80th birthday this year. This will be the year she joins my dad as she enters God's heavenly kingdom, finally free of the Parkinson's disease that has marked her journey throughout her golden years. She will be with the Lord
Right now, I am in Colorado Springs with my brother and sister, and there is a strong sense among us that mom's time with us here is coming to a close. Her systems are slowing down and her awareness of life around her is difficult for us to detect. It looks and feels like she is making a transition. For all of us, it is difficult to let her go; still, we share a faith in Jesus Christ, and through His resurrection, mom too will be resurrected to a new, eternal life with God. We want her to receive that wonderful life. This farewell is both bitter and sweet.
God's kindness toward us is beyond measure. Of course, we can't name the time or hour mom will take her first breath of celestial air, but our sense is that it will be soon. I am grateful to linger with her, hold her hand, pray with her, and simply be with her. Madison, our oldest daughter, is with me as well, and I am grateful that we can walk together through this farewell. The rest of my family is