Amazing Grace

Today, I attended the funeral of a friend’s mother.  She died on Mother’s Day, but don’t be sad because Jesus was her Mother’s Day gift and what could have been better than that?

Funerals have never been in my top ten things to do.  They are especially difficult now.  Once you’ve had to say good-bye to a loved one so close to you that you were responsible for the funeral home bill, things just take on a different perspective.

This funeral was very traditional with the casket at the front of the church surrounded by all the beautiful flowers.  As I sat there, I was thankful that we chose to bury Les before the service so I wouldn’t see his casket at the front of our church every time I entered.  Of course, that is a decision each family must make on their own.  Les’ service was quite different than the one today, so I did pretty good.  Some tears were determined to pool in the corners of my eyes until they spilled over and ran down my cheeks in spite of my best efforts to prevent that.  But that’s okay.  The wound is still pretty raw for me.

My heart ached for my friend.  Now she has no mom or dad.  She also had to give up her only son not that long ago.  But what she does have is the assurance of where they are now.  And she has the comfort that only God can give.  I still struggle to even imagine how someone goes through these heartaches without Jesus.  I have watched her as she’s stood strong in her faith.  I’ve seen the smile on her face as the tears flowed from her eyes.  How could she smile?  The same way I do!!!  It’s having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and knowing that He has a plan and it’s a perfect plan.  We may not understand it, but we can trust it.

The toughest part today was at the cemetery.  We sang “Amazing Grace” a cappella.  I could barely get a word out.  You see, we sang that at Les’ service, too.  Not only did it remind me of that service back in November, but it caused my heart to swell with great joy as I acknowledged that His grace is definitely amazing!  Don’t ever take His grace for granted or treat it lightly.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.

 I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.”

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