If the title of this post was a headline in the morning newspaper it would catch everyone's attention right away, but it's actually true. The Bible says that there is an appointed time for every person to die. In other words, no one gets out alive. Therefore, 100% mortality, period. Although every person knows this, it's still not easy to let go of loved ones whose appointed time has come.
Melba, Jessi, and I visited Kate Towery (Ma to me) and her family Monday evening at The Hospice House. She was resting comfortably but aroused from time to time to speak to us. It was hard for me to see her this way even though I was only an adopted son for a while. I can imagine how hard it is for Dewey, Ron, Cindy, Vickie, and all of the grandkids as well as her sisters and their families. Ma knows her going home time is near and she's ready to go and they know that she's ready because she tells them so. That gives some comfort to the family, I'm sure, but it's still got to be hard to let go even though you know she'll be going to a better place.
I lost my Mama when I was 13 but it's hard for me to remember now how I felt then. I know I still miss her every day, 39 years later. But..... the Bible also says that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord. I guess that's true because I don't think I would have ever become involved in the youth group at church if Mama hadn't died. You see, I was a mama's boy, big time. After she died I had some good friends like Ronnie, Cindy, Cindy, Terre, and Carol to mention a few, that got me involved. We would all pile up in Terre's car and go to the truckstop and eat frenchfries and drink coffee on Sunday afternoons before youthchoir practice and UMYF. That started lifelong friendships that can never be severed. We may not get together anymore but they're lifelong friends just the same. Had it not been for this, Ronnie and I would probably have never became the brothers that we were.
Most people would say Kate is at The Hospice House on her death bed but I choose to believe instead that she is there on her life bed because her life is just beginning now. And........ as Forrest Gump would say, "That's all I have to say about that."
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