Laine Armour lost her mother last month. Her blog post about how she processed her mom's passing was searingly honest. As she shares, it shook her to the core.
"After I got the news, two days into my second month, I went to my room and I prayed and asked God to comfort me like He has never before. That His physical presence would be so thick around me I would feel His arms as if they were human arms wrapped around me."
She went on to say, "It is important to know that I am not angry. I was incredibly blessed by an amazing mom who taught me so much about life and our purpose here before heaven. Life is not about what you’re good at, what you accomplish, success even if it’s achieving happiness, no life is about how we glorify God through impacting the hearts of the people we leave behind."
Reading Laine's post was moving – all the more so to hear that her mom had been reading my book Kingdom Journeys just before she passed.
But it was good to know that she "had been preparing to say goodbye to her for the past 6 months due to this trip."
Laine flew to the funeral and then flew back to her squad and is currently ministering with them in Swaziland.
"I know she is proud of me," Laine says, "I know it was in God’s timing because after talking with her friends, they said she had been experiencing God’s love like she never had before, and with that I know that it was just time. God said there’s no reason for you to endure this broken world any longer and it’s time to come home. So on October 2nd 2012 she went to sleep that night and woke up in the presence of her Lord and savior."
My mom is still alive, though she has lived a long, fruitful life. Reading this makes me want to appreciate her all the more. Losing a mom can be so traumatic. Have you lost your mom? How have you mourned her passing?