A year ago, a family I grew up with lost their mom suddenly. They were shocked and grief stricken, as the kids all gathered around their father to try and make sense of all that has happened.
Growing up in church, they were the large family. With “so many” kids… there were always one or two of them bouncing around. They were well known and loved and held a prominent place in our Church’s heart. I would see them leave in their big 15 passenger van and wondered what it was like in their family. I usually sat alone, in my parents car. My older sister often drove herself to church….
Over the years, the blessings of facebook let me re-unite with many people from my past… Some of them were members of this family. I saw them grown, families of their own and thru the eyes of their pictures, saw how close they remained.
They had 7 kids.
How funny to think now that 7 isn’t really that large a number… perfect perhaps… just right!
The sudden death of their mom ripped these now grown kids to the core. I prayed for them and their grief as did everyone else in their community…online and at home.
But it was what happened later that still impacts me to this day. As the funeral preparations were being made, and the memorial pictures were posted, the notes these kids left to their Mom humbled me like I have never been before.
She left a legacy.
A legacy so strong that her daughter pray daily to be half the mom she was to them. They thanked her for the prayers and the love that she shared. They praised her for her bible notes she wrote as they saw each of their names written by verses she had chosen for them…
Their father told his girls how much they are like their Mother… as they rock their babies and tend to their family.
She saturated their lives with a legacy.
This week is her 1st anniversary in Heaven, and as the Facebook posts are being written to her, I am still amazed at the way she is still impacting everyone she ever encountered.
As I was reading my devotional this morning, I could not get this phenomenal woman off my mind.
I want to be that Mom…
I want to leave a legacy of faith and love in my kids so deep and so wide that they have no choice but to follow in my footsteps. I want to love like she loved.
I can’t even put into words without crying how amazing of a Mom she was…
She left a legacy.
“Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”