This weekend was both beautiful and difficult at the same time. It was incredibly hard to commit Mom's earthly body to the ground at the graveside ceremony, but the memorial service at night was such a beautiful celebration of her life. God has certainly been covering us with His grace over the last number of days, but the reality that Mom is gone is starting to set in. With it being the week leading up to Mother's Day, it is particularly difficult. Please pray for Kate, Dad, Becky and Lisa (and myself, Henry and Joe), that God will continue to pour out His grace, to grant a comfort and peace that only comes from Him. We all know that Mom is in Heaven and no longer has to fight or suffer, but there is still a void in our hearts that will never again be filled. We do not anticipate the healing process to be quick, easy or anything in between...it never is when you love someone as much as we loved Mom. But as Christians, we have hope. Hope that we will again see Mom when Jesus has finished preparing our homes in Heaven. I cannot wait to sing the song "Sanctuary" with her again. It was a song that she loved, a song that we sang at her graveside ceremony, and a song that Kate and I have sung to the boys every night, either in Kate's belly or in their incubators. It is a daily reminder to me of her legacy...a life lived for her savior Jesus Christ.
Lord, prepare me to be a Sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With Thanksgiving, I'll be a living
Sanctuary for You.