A Light for My Path Devotional

In the Garden

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

II TIMOTHY 1:5-6 (NKJV)
I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

As the violinist softly played the familiar melody, the words to the hymn ran through my mind–“And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.” For a few moments, my mind left the sanctuary and the Sunday morning service where I sat, and I was transported back 15 years to a small town in Tennessee.

It was a hot July day as we filed past the open casket one last time. I stared briefly at my mother’s face knowing it would be the last time this side of Heaven that I’d see her. I was keenly aware of the melody that drifted through the room as the pianist played, “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

“In the Garden” was a song my mother sang often. To this day, I never hear it without thinking of her and many fond memories of the person she was. We didn’t have a perfect relationship—that’s because we were two imperfect people—but in spite of the differences and sometimes annoyances between us, we enjoyed sweet times together and I learned so much from her. While my mother gave freely in many ways, the most precious gifts she ever gave me were her faith in God, and her love and reverence for His Word.

To all of you who are mothers, or are like a mother to someone, know that your influence counts. Seize your opportunity to live a godly life before those around you and to be an example to follow. This is a gift from the Lord that you can give to others. Indeed, it’s an investment in their lives and the lives of generations to come.

It’s been a long time since my mother went to be with the Lord. While I still miss her, I do not grieve because I know that she now enjoys even sweeter fellowship with Him than she did here on earth. How happy she must be in the presence of the Savior she loved and served! Who knows–she may even be singing that old familiar hymn–“And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know You today, because my mother was faithful in teaching me and training me in Your ways. Bless all Christian mothers on this Mother’s Day, and help them to be to their children what my mother was to me.

Words to Ponder: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
–Abraham Lincoln

Related Devotionals & Hymns:
My Mother’s Songs
He Is the Risen Christ
After the Resurrection
In the Garden

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright, Ann Shorb, 2013
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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