When I reflect on the way God has guided my life, my thoughts always go to the incredible influence my mom had on my faith journey.
My mother was a woman of amazing strength but she would be the first to admit that her strength was not of her own, but from her Lord. Mom was selfless and generous of heart. She gave of herself in a way I can only describe as Christ-like. I am so very thankful for the 23 years I was given with her, years in which I watched her loving and caring for others in a way that demonstrated true servanthood.
When my mom was sick and dying from her brain tumour, her concerns were always for others. From her hospital bed she asked of the condition of loved ones and would pray for those in need. She wanted us to be sure we were taking care of ourselves and she did not want to be a burden to her family.
Mom's faith allowed her to accept that death would not be the end, but the beginning of eternal life with her Lord. And I know she also believed that she would be waiting for us, her family, to someday join her. It gives me joy to know that when the Lord takes me home, she will be waiting with open arms.
What a wonderful gift the Lord gave to me in my mother. It has been said that the greatest impression a mother can leave on her child is the message of her living faith, unwavering hope and steady trust in God that will be engraved on their heart forever. I believe this is true with all my heart.
-- Tricia Hoeppner
Ascension, Edmonton, Alberta