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Thoughts on my mom's 85th birthday

Last month, I received an email from my sister. She shared this about our mom:

“Yesterday morning, as the congregation stood to sing the last song, I stood by our mom and had a couple tears slip out. I wish you all could have been beside her as well. We were singing, ‘Oh love of God, how rich and pure, how measureless and strong. It shall forever more endure; the saints and angels song.’

“I pray I will always remember this morning’s scene. This month, mom is 85 and she can still stand to sing praise. But this morning, as we sang the words, she was up on tippy toes with ‘Oh love of God,’ then proceeded to come down with each word, ‘how rich and pure,’ emphasizing each word. Then with, ‘It shall forever’ back up she was and came down on the next lines. This happened each time we sang the chorus.

“I realized how through her life she has experienced the love of God so richly and deeply from such depths of joy and grief. Day in and day out she has known His faithfulness. I know how the words hit me as I think back through the years of my life.

“Mom has experienced 30 more years of life and she has continued to love God through it all. Is she perfect? No, but she had the passion to serve Him in high school and her college years. She has served God by marrying a youth pastor, playing the piano in church, singing in the choir and trios and quartets, leading Bible studies and guiding our family after dad died.

“She became a missionary, helped start a church and offered many prayers on behalf of her children and their families. These thoughts all swarmed through my mind.

“Our mom has a passion for Christ and her love for Him showed with each emphasized word in the song.

“My example stood beside me and silently I took notice, once again. It is my prayer that through my eyes and words, each of you can also once again take notice.”

My sister’s thoughts brought to my mind these verses about a wife and mother from Proverbs 31:

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed… 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

May the life of our mom encourage you to experience how deep and rich is the love of God and His faithfulness.