A special devotional written this week by my wife, Deb Graham-
As you grow older holidays seem to carry more emotional memories. This Mother’s Day I will be remembering one of the greatest gifts from the Lord – my mother. I was fortunate to have her for 89 years. I miss her every day. She was my prayer warrior, my confidant, my supporter and my best friend. She loved me without reservation. Her smile could make the darkest day bright and her love for the Lord was contagious. Until the day she died she yearned to share the Gospel with whomever God placed in her path – her nurses, her doctor, or the cafeteria worker. Often during these days, I thank the Lord that she is already in heaven. It would have been so hard for her to have gone through the isolation of this pandemic. But I know she would have been strong – she always was. No matter what circumstances she faced she always had the right word of encouragement – for she truly had wisdom. In thinking about all she taught me I will always be grateful for the times of discipline. For it was in those times that my faith grew. She always had a way of cutting right to the point – steering me to improve my walk with the Lord. I love you Mom – I know your day in heaven is filled with rejoicing because you are with the Lord on high.
My prayer and scripture for you today
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 (ESV)