Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 says “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” (ESV). This has been my life for the past few months as I’ve faced what I consider one of the most difficult times of my life I could ever imagine. At times, I couldn’t gather or share my thoughts as I desired as I found myself in need of strength and comfort in my time of need. After being away from my blog for some time as the result of personal challenges I faced and the tremendous loss of my mother a few weeks ago, I thought I’d build up the courage and strength to share my thoughts with you today. For me, this in some way will begin the healing process and help me move forward as I continue to share the love of God and his wondrous works in spite of what I may have gone through. Please forgive me for the long post. Enjoy.
Three weeks ago my sisters, brother, and me lost our mother unexpectedly and the pain, heartbreak, and loss has been unbearable. Yet we still rejoice. The joy of the Lord is our strength. And the beauty in it all, having my Mother’s wonderful church family with Bishop Tommie L Triplett, Jr. and First Lady Helen Triplett being there for us every step of the way from the beginning to the place we now find ourselves as they prayed for and with us, supporting us, showing compassion and love. Everyone praying endless prayers with and for us, calling to make sure we were okay, checking if there was anything we need, letting us know they are there for us no matter what, showering us with love and compassion in our time of need. God is so good.
Our family was simply amazing. We have the best family in the world. The love, support, and prayers have been endless and is truly helping get us through this difficult time. We love each and every one of you. Friends near and far showered us with love, compassion, and prayers. We thank you. No one can ever understand what it is like to lose a love one, especially your mother or father, until they experience it for themselves. But to have an extended circle of godly people in your life to support, love, and just be there for you is priceless.
My mother’s homegoing service was one of the most unique, extraordinary services I have ever witnessed in my life. Bishop Triplett’s powerful eulogy was a true celebration of her life, her love, and her legacy. It spoke well of her warm, loving beautiful spirit and who my mother was, is, and will forever be in our hearts.
It spoke of her love of God and others, her character, her undying passion to save souls, her humbleness. She was unique. Loved by many. She left a legacy that will always be remembered. Yes Bishop Triplett, she “did it the right way.” She didn’t need a family member, friend, or love one to help her make the transition. She had the one and only person she needed. She had Jesus.
We may not have understood why she chose to do it that way, but God knew “she did it the right way” as Bishop Triplett said. I may have cried as if it were my last breath and couldn’t contain my heartbreak or tears, but after Bishop’s eulogy there was not another tear. I was finally at peace. My family as well as many in the church found peace that surpassed all understanding. Bishop Triplett’s celebration of my mother’s life showed us exactly how it should be done. We don’t need family, friends, or love ones to help us reach our final destination. God is all we need to make the transition.
That day was life-changing. It made me think, “What will people say about me when I leave this place?” I want my life for God to speak for itself. I want to leave a legacy just as my mother did. I want to be remembered exactly as she was. I want to carry the torch and represent my God just as my mother did. God showed up and showed out. The Spirit of the Lord was all up and in United Fellowship FGBC the day of my mother’s homegoing. Thank you God for your faithfulness.
This may have been one of the hardest battles my family and I have ever had to face. But what I know the Lord our God hear prayers of the righteous. We’re covered by the blood of Jesus. We thank you in advance for answered prayers. God be with us.
I am truly at peace. The Holy Spirit has given me the peace of God within me. Bishop Triplett’s powerful eulogy pierced my heart and soul. I know I’ll miss my Mom deeply like I am right now. I know there will come a time my tears won’t stop. But right now, in spite of all I’ve been through and will go through, I am assured God is with me and He will be glorified. All is well with my soul.
Thank you Bishop Triplett and First Lady Triplett, United Fellowship FGBC, and our family and friends for your endless love and support. We simply could not have made it this far without you. You changed our lives. My Mother is smiling down on us saying, “B.A.M. (Blessings and Miracles)! It is well.” To God be the glory!
My words are a reflection of what I am sensing in a strange way. Something is going on inside me that I can’t explain. I can’t shake this feeling. I sense God is moving me in a new direction, even in the midst of my grief. The Holy Spirit is speaking to me in a way I’ve never experienced before. Leading me in a new direction to fulfill God’s purpose. I can never know what God has planned for me, nor where he is taking me. But what I am assured of, it will be for a greater good. Glory to God!
I may have been through what I consider one of the most devastating events of my life in the loss of my mother but what I know, God is speaking through my pain to move me to the next level. Know this, no matter how painful it may be in the loss of a loved one, God is calling your attention to something. Listen for that still small voice. God wants to move you to the next level. The Word shall go forth. Pay attention. Move forward.
Be blessed! – JD
Psalm 119:50 “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (NIV)