And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

Dear Reader,

Mom left us early Sunday morning, 21 July 2019. Just like I’ve prayed for, she went quietly in her sleep.

This weekend the kids got together to pack up her little flat. I found it quite strange that a lifetime of 82 years can end with only a few boxes. And that what means so much to you, doesn’t necessarily mean the same to someone else.

I am a very sentimental person and will treasure the smallest things because it belonged to my Mom or Dad. But realistically, there is only so many of their belongings that you can take. So you choose the things that they’ve made themselves or items that hold a special memory for you.

But this just made me realise that earthly possessions are not that important at all. You can’t take it with, and it often doesn’t really mean that much to those you leave behind.

But what is important, is the memories. All the good times spend together as a family. Looking through photos and videos is a good reminder of happy times. But still a bad replacement for the real thing!

But I am grateful for my parents. They’ve raised us well and we have many happy memories. But most of all, I know they are now in a better place where they have no more pain.

And I find that with every loved one I’ve lost, I long for this better place even more.

Mom, it is sad to say goodbye, and I will miss you terribly, but I am happy that your pain and loneliness are over. Thank you for your love and prayers.

I know, one day we will be re-united, but in the meantime, I will treasure all the good times and be happy that you now have peace.

So, dear reader: treasure the ones you love, spend as much time together as you can, because life is fragile and can end in a blink of an eye!

Thanks for reading.


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