They say that time heals all wounds. I’d have to disagree with that particular sentiment. Of course, the passage of time does tend to change our perspective. Given enough time, we do learn to live with things that seem almost unbearable at the start.

It’s been four years since Mom died. I still miss her. I guess I’ve sort of gotten used to missing her though. Four years ago, it felt like more than I could handle. It’s true what’s written in 2 Corinthians, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect through weakness…” That was actually a verse that Mom quoted often. I’ve learned just how true it is over the years. Some days, God’s grace is the only thing left to hold on to. That’s when you find out that His grace is all you need to begin with.

You know, I never had the chance to “say goodbye” to Mom. It happened so suddenly. But I don’t have any regrets. Mom knew how much I loved her, and I know how much she loved me. I didn’t have to have one last chance to say something to her, because there wasn’t anything that we’d left unsaid. Mom always said that she told her family “I love you” so often, because we never know if it will be the last chance we have. That’s one of the most important things she taught me. Don’t ever leave the important things unsaid. Make sure the people who matter know that you love them. Make sure they know how much you appreciate them. Send a card, pick up the phone, stop by for a visit… just do whatever it is that you’ve been putting off. We think we have all the time in the world, but sometimes we don’t.

I learned a lot from Mom. I’ll always be thankful for the time we had, and I can look forward with confidence to seeing her once again someday.