A quarter of a century. That’s a long time. This morning, as the anniversary of my mom’s death approaches I was curious to discover what inventions have occurred since she left this earth. Google was one of those inventions (1998). I used it this morning to discover that in August of 1991 (about a month after my mom died) the answering machine was invented. The answering machine?! Remember those?! She also never saw a Beanie Baby (1993) and never watched a movie on a DVD (1995).
Stuff, that’s all this list is, really. It’s certainly not anything we would feel too broken up about if we had missed using/seeing them. It’s interesting to me that out of all these items, Google is the only one still being used frequently. DVDs are even becoming less and less necessary. This list shows a life cycle for everything. Yet even this stuff doesn’t matter when we look at the bigger picture and compare it to the preciousness of human life.
The other day I was alerted on Facebook that one of my friends was having her birthday so I wished her a happy birthday on her wall. Turns out her birthday was in May but she thanked me for the kind message. May?!? Way to make me look like a dork, Facebook (or a bigger dork than I already am. 😉 ) I responded, first, by apologizing and then by letting her know that this was permission to celebrate her life every single day. She said she would “take it and run with it and celebrate every day.”
This morning I was thinking about the one thing that doesn’t seem to have a life cycle…the love we have for our loved ones. That love doesn’t die or run its course. That love continues whether they are still here with us or not. This love never becomes irrelevant. This love never becomes outdated by time or technology. Love lives on and on.
I’ve shared this before but I’ll share it again. The morning after my mom’s death I grabbed her Bible for comfort. Tucked away in the front pocket I discovered a note she had left behind for us, her loved ones. In this note, she shared with us how the moment she accepted Christ changed everything for her. In this note, she didn’t talk about her love for us, although I knew she loved us all deeply. She didn’t talk about how she was going to miss us, although I knew she would.
Instead, in this note, she talked about Christ’s love for her and Christ’s love for us. She talked about never being alone and how His love lives on and on. She talked about how His love opens the door and how His love carries us on to the more life to come.
I think I know why she chose these words to be her last words to us: Because, despite whatever season would be waiting around the corner for us, her loved ones, she wanted us to know this one thing. She wanted us to know the one hope we could cling to when life might be falling apart: LOVE most certainly wins.
She closed her note with these words:
John 5:24 (NIV) says: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
I am not alone. I have crossed over from death to life, and at this very moment, as you read these words, I am with my savior, our Lord Jesus.
I’ll be waiting for you here.