More villagers come to mind, as I reflect on that time in our lives. It has been good for me to “Remember” and have this way of “Celebrating” my village.
* Lorri who created a beautiful display out of all the things I gathered as a tribute to mom.
* friends in Morton who cared about and watched out for Mom and Dad while they still lived 150 miles from me.
* The people at Grace Bible Church (and probably others) who provided meals meals during times when Mom could no longer cook.
* Gary who led the songs at the funeral service – the ones mom chose to have sung and Ron who spoke at the funeral.
* Our children and their wives and grandchildren, as well as Gordon’s wife, Carol – hugs from the little ones bring joy in tender ways.
* The ladies ( and maybe some men) from Grace Church, Grace Bible Church, and The Bridge Community who who provided meals for those who had traveled for the funeral and the memorial service a month later.
* Those who came to the funeral service in Morton and the memorial service in Des Plaines and shared their memories.
* Brian who sang “I Will Rise .” We had learned that song in choir for Easter that year and it was the song that kept playing over and over on the soundtrack in my head during the days as Mom longed go “go home” and we waited and “longed” with her.
I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin
There’s a peace I’ve come to know, though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul. I can say, it is well.
Jesus has overcome and the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won. He is risen from the dead.
I will rise, when He calls my name – no more sorrows, no more pain.
I will rise, on eagles wing, before my God, fall on my knees.
There’s a day that’s drawing near when this darkness breaks to light.
and the shadows disappear and my faith shall be my eyes.
I hear the voice of many angels sing worthy is the lamb.
And I hear the cry of many longing hearts – Worthy is the Lamb.