May 8, 2022
So why should I write you a letter? You are not my mother. Because you are the mother of six precious and wonderful children that we are fortunate to stay connected to. I am blessing you on this special day for the following reasons:
1 YOU BROUGHT SEVEN CHILDREN INTO THE WORLD.
Sadly, we could not get to know Karsten. We have to wait for eternity to meet him. But we carry the memory in our hearts. We held him briefly–and we will meet him at the renewal of all things. Then he can get to know his whole family.
2 YOU WERE BRAVE TO HAVE THREE MORE CHILDREN AFTER LOSING KARSTEN.
Call it courage. You could have thought, “I could not bear for that to happen again. I cannot take any chances.” Instead you trusted God after we had Andrew, Naomi, and Gabriel. And along came Erikka, Israel, and Karis, all big babies and more pain–and exponentially more joy. How did you do that? God must have so healed you that you could embrace hope in place of despair–and your family thanks you for being confident in God.
3 YOU CONTINUE TO BE A MOTHER–AS A GRAND MOTHER.
We all know how gifted you are, especially with the really young ones. You love being of help. You will drop anything to support your children and grandchildren. You don’t tire of caring for the little ones. And you do it so well! Your reputation stays with you!
4 YOU CARE FOR YOUR MOTHER.
Your willingness to keep Margaret with us enables her to see her children in or around this special day, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren. What a gift you are presenting to her. We all know that it is not easy. She is fading just a bit. And yet day after day you do what you need to do to keep her happy and somewhat healthy. She thanks you now, but she will probably thank you more in eternity–after she meets up with Phil. Your care enables her to live a somewhat active life, going to church and to the homes of our children. What a gift. I think it is one of the reasons she is continuing to live. She certainly has something to live for!
5 YOU BLESS OTHER MOTHERS.
When I see you leading the Sunday morning prayer time with eight or so women, I am proud of you for the way you conduct that time. It is clear to all of them that you care about them and their families and care about the Scriptures. You are a wonderful example to them in the way that you honor the Word of God and in the way you pray for them and their needs!
6 YOU LOVE THE WORD OF GOD AND READ IT DAILY.
I am often blessed by the Scriptures you share with me. It is not yesterday’s food. It is always current and fresh. You are and have always been an example to your children of someone who loves God and stands under His Word. It is your daily diet!
Your happy and proud husband. Thankful for you! Paul