FOR MY MOTHER

 Col 3 v 1-3

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God." 

  When I wrote my last blog called "A Mother's heart," I had no idea what my next few months would hold and that on my return to Tanzania I would be saying my final goodbye to my own mother. My last 3 months have held moments when I have felt touches of Heaven followed by great loss. I would like to share some thoughts to encourage any others going through loss of a dear one. God bless you and give you courage in your grief. In Jesus, we are close.

 WITHIN THE VIEL.

It's never been easy to say good bye,

But this time, I knew it might be the last.


Earlier, on silent retreat, in the stillness.

As if being prepared,

Heaven took my breath away-

Peering through the veil.


My plans changed, hearing you were weak

And I had the joy of a whole month by your side


You were quieter than before

As if already gazing into heaven

Knowing that the one

Whose "banner

over you is love."

Was calling you,


You were fragile and yet inwardly strong

Peaceful and Calm.


Never wanting to be a burden

"I'm sorry "You'd say

And yet for me it was joy,

To hold you and love you.


Not wanting to leave your bed-side,

But the one calling you was calling me too.

He urged "Let go, she's in my arms"


So, trusting, I kissed you,

So beautiful and smiling

A grace moment

Peace in knowing

He loves you more.


Not two weeks passed

Now across the world

Happy children playing

Preparations for celebrations.


I ran to receive a call-

My brother's voice and his tears.

You slipped through the veil

At Peace- at Rest


Deep tears welled up, as well as grace

Knowing you're his.


In a world of orchids, bougainvillea

Mangoes and melons


As a child you left your familiar world

and still a child at heart

You've left ours

You're in His everlasting garden-

Complete Joy,

In His presence,

Where I am too, when I come away with Him

Within the veil.

LUDMILLA SOON TO BE OFF TO CZECH
A MOTHERS PRAYER

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