Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Fruitful Life

    Sometimes life catches us off guard. I have heard a lot of sad news this year from people who are close to me. And all these stories have one thing in common. Loss.
     I cannot imagine losing the ones I love, the ones that matter to me, or even be the person that my loved ones will lose. That’s why time with them is so precious to me.
     But as I’ve witnessed the loss of a mother, I couldn’t help but hurt on the inside. This mom was a wonderful mother to her children and a faithful servant of God.
     She brought encouragement to people who wanted to pray for her in the midst of her sickness – as they’ve intended to give, they instead received.
     Her children spoke of her highly. She wasn’t just a wonderful and loving mother, she was also wise. When they would go to her with a problem, she would simply say,”Your problem can’t be any bigger than our God – for His love for you is so deep and so wide that anything else seems so small”.
     Before they bid her earthly body goodbye, people spoke of her fruitful life. She served, cared, loved. In her state of suffering she would tell her children, “Do not doubt God because of what you see. He is good and He always will be.”
     As I said my last goodbye, the sadness was forgotten when I saw her happy face. Indeed she lived a fruitful and abundant life. I just wish she stayed around longer, like her kids did. And it was my prayer that I too would live a life full of purpose and fruitfulness. 
     I may not fully understand why life is the way it is. But I do understand that there is a God who watches over us and brings peace and comfort to our hearts when we need it most.

In memory of Tita Annie Sanares

"May your unfailing love be my comfort"
                                                                           - Psalm 119:76

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