Posted on: March 23rd, 2017
Through unusual circumstances, I ended up with only a glass dish that my mom had, when she suddenly died. It was a dish she often made red jello with bananas. I was so pleased to have at least that. I carefully protected it - put it up high away from the kid’s reach, and used only on special occasions. One day I dropped it and it shattered. I just sat down and cried, thinking”that’s all I had”. But in my heart and spirit, I realized, “Gwen, you received so much more from your mom than that.”I remembered her love, faith. joy in the middle of troubles and hope for now and eternity. My mom left me an example of the path to a happy life.
My dad died when I was 9. My mom, now a single parent, was left to raise the 6 of us.To make matters worse, we were living through the Great Depression (now you know I’m older than 29 :). It was bad - things looked bleak. My mom had to be overwhelmed, but you would never know it. I never knew that we were poor until I was older. We did work VERY hard at our chores: maintaining a vegetable garden, an orchard, collecting eggs every morning, and milking the cow then making butter, cottage and more. Mom and I and the younger kids canned for winter. She also had a job at a laundry - walking a mile each way whether it was hot or cold. And, by the way, we DID walk 2 miles to school in the snow, uphill both ways. :)
While I do remember those times and how hard it was, MOSTLY, I remember the faith and optimism of my mom. We drank the very best lemonade even though it came from the sour lemons of tough times. She provided fun and joy in our happy home.
In Matthew 6:19-20, Jesus said, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value and are safe from thieves”.
I regret breaking my only keepsake, but it cause me to focus the the important things. She left me shatterproof treasures.
Bethel Family Ministries
Lead Pastor’s Mom
“Hot Mama” to Ben
El Paso, Texas