There were many emotions in play this last week.
Tim's mom is 95 years old and has a form of dementia. She has always had a servants heart, and is easy to be around. She never 'needs' anything. A born extrovert/sanguine personality, she loves having us and our busy family around.
It was hard to leave her, since we know that at her age and with her having had several mini strokes, this could be the last time that we see her here on earth.
But we have hope - the knowing - that she, as a child of God, will be with the Lord in an instant, when He calls her home. There is great peace in that knowledge.
When you are on a trip with a lot of people and staying together, and having other family and friends join you during the week, the opportunity to annoy one another is great!
But you know what? Life is messy, but real love keeps diving in to forgive, and care, and forgive some more. We all need that at all times.
I am thankful that my parents and Nate and Kay and the girls were able to go with us on this trip. It was one for the memory bank. Time with four generations, cousins, friends who are family.
We hit some crazy traffic today. It made people tense, it made a long day, longer. But as we drove the last 45 minutes home, we listened to Chris Tomlin's Christmas album "Adore" and we sang along. And in the dark car driving along the back roads, I heard the voices of my children and my granddaughter singing along, and praising God for His unspeakable gift to us, and I rejoiced.
All of the stress of the trip and the traffic, just melted away.
In this season of Advent - remembering His coming - I am glad to orient my heart on Him.