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More than ‘All Right’
By Karen L. Mechtly

1Thessolonians 4:13-14
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (NIV)

My Mom lost her long battle with cancer recently. She was a valiant warrior, but in the end, the disease proved too strong for her to defeat. Yet, she was a mom to the end. In an effort to protect me, when I kissed her good-bye for the last time, she said, “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be all right.” Two days later she breathed her last.

But I do believe that she is more than “all right” today. Why? Because she had put her faith in Christ and now she is in Heaven with Him. Instead of being confined to a hospital bed in a body that no longer was able to support her, she is now whole. I imagine she is walking the streets of gold and talking with her husband, her granddaughter, and other relatives who preceded her to Paradise.

I will take the Apostle Paul’s advice and try not to grieve for her. After all, being with God is infinitely better than living in this fallen world. And I have the solid hope that I will be reunited with her some day.

David wrote comforting words in Psalm 116:15: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” I will take these words to heart.

Dear Lord, Thank You for my Godly mother. May I be as good as an example of Your love as she was. Thank You that she is now enjoying Your presence.

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