Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mom, Thanks For the Memories

Linda Anderson
Linda Anderson - Mom!
In life, death is our cruelest foe.  I only know one person who beat death and he happened to be God's only Son.  The odds are kind of stacked in deaths favor in the struggle of life.  This past Sunday, Palm Sunday in fact, the cruel foe paid a visit to my family and in particular to my mother.

Truth is she had not been in superb health for more than two years after battling pneumonia twice in about a three month period.   Although being clear of it since that initial episode, pneumonia set in again this past week and this time she couldn't overcome it.  In the end, it was exactly how she had always spoken of leaving this life.  No long drawn out battles.  No prolonged period in a nursing home or hospice.  She always wanted to go from this life into the next with a bit class and style...and she did.

But it's not all gloom and doom!

My passion for the outdoors was rooted deeply by my mom and dad.  My mother loved to fish and went with my dad as much as she could.  Although she was passionate for it, she was also a little fickle in that she really liked to catch more than fish, if you get my drift.

When dad had to work and we were off from school And it was pretty AND she knew she would catch something, she would load me up in the car and we would go dip a line just the two of us.  While some women would be adverse to getting in the mud for crawfish, my mom went with me on more than one occasion. She was a real trooper!

The highlight of her sporting life was catching a 7.5 pound bass.  I was fortunate enough to be in the boat that afternoon.  While my father and I used better gear, she had her trusty Zebco and she did a marvelous job of landing that big fish.  It was a glorious occasion.  We glowed in that moment until the sun had set and we had to get home and she smiled ear to ear the entire way.

She taught me a healthy dose of respect for the things of God.  She read the Bible all the time and took her relationship with the Lord very seriously.  I appreciate the legacy that she instilled in me to know the Lord and make Him known.

Thanks for the memories mom!  I can't wait to make new ones with you when I see you on the other side.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version

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