Ad Spot
A. Ray Lee ss

The influence of a faithful mother

By A. Ray Lee 

Columnist  

When the hospice director called, I closed my reference books, put away sermon notes and hurried to the hospital to be with a daughter who sat alone with her deceased mother awaiting the arrival of other members of her large family who were being summoned with the sad news. As I entered the room the daughter was tenderly stroking her mother’s lifeless hand as she kept a silent vigil. 

I introduced myself as a hospice chaplain and eased into a chair near her as she began to quietly speak, seemingly more to herself than to me, as she tried to process what was happening. Her large family had all visited in the morning. In the afternoon her mother had shown marked improvement and had insisted the father, who had spent the last two days and nights at her side, go home and get some rest. All the others in the family had left except this daughter who remained at her mother’s side.  

As she spoke of her concern for all the family, but especially for her father, she wondered how they would manage without her mother. She had been the one to whom the family had turned in times of trouble and distress. To whom could they turn now? Where could they find strength and comfort?  

As she continued to speak my eyes turned toward her mother’s face and then back to her. The similarity was striking. The outward features were so obvious there could be no question of the mother-daughter relationship. In those moments, as I heard the concern for the family in her voice, I sensed there was more than just a physical likeness.   

It would have been easy to give a pious platitude, however true it might be, about the comfort which the Holy Spirit gives to those who trust him, then pray for His presence to be with the family and go back to my studies. In these moments they needed someone who could physically stand with them in their sorrow. Yet, I sensed I was not the one needed, for I was an unknown individual who would be present with the family for a short time and then in all probability never have the opportunity to minister to them again. 

When the daughter paused in speaking, I shared how much she looked like her mother and that I sensed she possessed the inner qualities of faith and strength like her mother. The blood of her mother flowed through her veins and now she would be the strong one to guide the family through the difficult hours they faced.  

As the family members arrived, they came together in a small waiting room where she met them one by one. I remained apart waiting for the right moment to say a few words of comfort and pray with them. But they all gathered around her as she embraced her father and confidently told them what I had said about the blood and faith of her mother flowing through her. She comforted them with words much like what I assumed her mother would have, giving assurance they would face their sorrow together.  

Those were sacred moments for the family. Without a word or prayer, I slipped out and returned to my sermon preparation for I was no longer needed. As I drove away, I thought of the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy when he commended him for his faith. He had written, “I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 

Never underestimate the influence of a faithful mother. 

 

Morgan County

Stadthagen named to three legislative committees  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan’s jobless rate among lowest statewide  

Falkville

Looking ahead: Growth on horizon for Hartselle, surrounding area  

Hartselle

American Legion Post 52 hosts annual speech contest 

At a Glance

Falkville man killed in crash

At a Glance

Somerville shooting victim identified

At a Glance

Morgan students graduate from JSU

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Educator Hall of Fame to induct six  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Flying high: Hartselle senior is dual enrolled in aviation program 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Judge dismisses lawsuit that sought to invalidate hiring of new Hartselle superintendent 

Hartselle

HIS class of 2029 gives back 

MULTIMEDIA-FRONT PAGE

Priceville band raising funds for new uniforms

Morgan County

Morgan garbage rate increasing 20 percent 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Police: Hillsboro man sprayed ex with gas, set her on fire 

At a Glance

Hartselle native makes Dean’s List at Maryville College 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle native locates sandstone barren, secures $8k grant for outdoor classroom  

News

2023 deer hunting safety refresher

News

Falkville man arrested for of meth, fentanyl

News

Hartselle native locates sandstone barren, secures $8k grant for outdoor classroom

News

HJHS students ‘have a ball’ beginning American Character Program

lifestyle

In the community

News

MCSO answers common questions regarding permitless carry

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan students chosen for IMPACT 2023

News

Priceville man charged with child pornography

x