Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mom: I love you!

I dedicate Proverbs 31 to my mom.
She was a Woven Woman: A Woman of Virture! 

Margaret A. Stiltner, June 8,1930-January 3, 2011
Dilley-Lasater Funeral Services, Mt. Vernon
Calling hours today, 4-7pm
Funeral Friday, 2pm

Proverbs 31: 10-31

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.

Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.

She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.
She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.

Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.

She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Mom,
we publicly declare your praise today,
and in the days to come,
for you deserve to be praised and blessed,
"We honor you, Mom, for all you have done!"
 
In my earliest of memories,
You worked so hard, striving for the rest.
You persevered through great trials
and did your very best.
 
I know you are being rewarded
in ways far beyond our reach.
We honor you now by practicing what you've taught,
and even what you preached!
 
Mom, I love you!
You've stood for US all these years,
Today, we stand for YOU!
I pray that our applause on earth
will reach your heavenly ears.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mom, I Miss You!

We've heard it said and have often found it true:
You don't know the value of a treasure until you're without it.
We take for granted the things in life that seem so readily available.
   A paperclip, a rubber band, to hold things together.
   A tissue, or a napkin, to wipe our nose, to clean our face, to absorb our tears.
   A Bible to speak words of wisdom and instruction and life and love.
And a Mother, who is all these things and more.
   She is readily available.
   She holds things together.
   She wipes our nose, cleans our face (and everything else!).
   She absorbs our tears and calms our fears.
  "She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." (Proverbs 31:26)
   She loves.

It's been only 12 hours since my mother has passed into the gates of our heavenly home and I miss her already. Her quick wit. Her humor. Her charm. And her warm smile served her well to the very end. As did our Lord Jesus Christ, who so graciously allowed her to slip quietly and peacefully into His arms.
She simply stopped breathing.

"She had the nicest personality of any resident I have ever taken care of since I've been a caregiver."
~Words spoken by a nurse's aid in the grief of her passing.

I am thankful for and appreciative of the love and prayers of my Sisters in Christ. Many have offered, "Let me know if there is anything I can do."

At this point in time, my answer is this:

If your mother is still living, would you please give her a hug for me?
   And tell her that you love her.
If it's been awhile since you've seen her, ~please tell her that you've missed her.
   And, make a plan to see her soon.

As I stood at her bedside in those priceless moments after her passing, I wanted to touch her skin as much as I could while there was still warmth in her body; to nuzzle my nose against her head and breathe in the scent of her hair while she was still there. Priceless treasures that I took for granted for 81 years. 
Mom, I love you! And, I miss you already!

Sisters, thank you so much for your prayers for me, for my mother, for my family. The Lord has been faithful to answer in His perfect timing, in His perfect way.