In John 16:33, Jesus is saying I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.
Mom struggled well in church. Much to my embarrassment, she would reach to the bottom of her purse and pull out her last coins.
The sound of those coins hitting the offering plate were loud and brave. She knew they would not be her last coins.
Now when I do the same, I hold my head up and remember her strength.
As a teenager I would have friends over who Mom would feed with some cans from the pantry. She would put together an amazing soup that my friends raved about. I would think... it's vegetable soup people!
The Spirit of Mom (Nani) was evident in me when I was a single mother of a hungry six-year-old. I knelt down and having paid too many bills, I reminded my heavenly Father that my child needed to eat. I told him it was his problem and got up and cleaned house. A few hours later, a neighbor knocked on the door. He was moving to Colorado and wondered if he could give me some cans from his pantry. I said why yes and asked if he would care to come in for some veggie soup.
We had pancakes for our Christmas dinner and I thought how amazing it was that we were happy and grateful. Mom would often say that she was sorry times were so tough and maybe she should have asked for help. I said.. No that is a cherished memory and is precious to me. My sister and I were learning how to struggle well, too. We truly reflected on the Reason for the Season... the Gift Maker not the Gift Giver. She was an overcomer and she taught us how to overcome, too.
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
Pillars can bear; they are immovable. It is the same for you who overcome. You will be made into a pillar. No matter what life sends you, what trials and temptations you have to face, you will never lose your faith. You will be able to bear anything.
Mom was faithful until the end. Well done, Mom.
Un-blahhG author, Carrie McClellan is a jogging / jumping / step-running engineering firm marketing manager. She desires to introduce friends to the glories of regular exercise and healthy cooking.