Thursday, February 11, 2010

A 'Thin Place' in My Life

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Mary DeMuth is a wonderful author.  To celebrate the release of her new memoir, 'Thin Places,' (which I will be reviewing soon), Mary is conducting a contest for an Amazon Kindle at her 'Wanna Be Published' blog.  The topic is this: "tell us about a time you experienced a 'thin place' in your life. These would be aha moments, beautiful realizations when the Son of God bursts through the hazy fog of our monotony and shines on us afresh, times when God has reminded or reassured you that he is real and present."  More information is available here.  

Here is my essay - exactly 259 words long!

My ‘thin place’ was during the time that my mother was dying in December 2004.  I was an only child whose parents divorced before I was born.  In addition, I had not yet been married.  Therefore, my mother and I were very close.  She was suffering from congestive heart failure and a host of other maladies.  Her 80th birthday was December 19, 2004.  She lived to be 80, but ultimately succumbed to her illnesses on December 24, 2004.  It was, needless to say, bittersweet, as it was Christmas Eve.  I had been at the hospital for what seemed to be weeks.  I had decided to leave that day to spend some time with a friend and to get out a little bit.  I received the call from the doctor around 1 am on Christmas morning to tell me that she had passed around 11:30 pm.  I knew she was enjoying her new home with the Savior of her heart and soul.

The Lord had graciously brought Fred into my life around Thanksgiving.   He and Mom had the opportunity to meet, and she lit up when she saw him!  Fred & I knew the Lord brought the two of us together, and Mom seemed to know, too.  I think she felt safe in leaving me to his care.

Fred and I married on June 10, 2005.  It was a joyous day.  It would have been even more of a celebration if Mom had been there, but we will have a wonderful reunion one day.  I rejoice in that wonderful hope!


nissa-amas-katoj said...

A wonderful essay. I wish I had your level of faith. My dad's death in 2004 kind of left me long-term depressed, and in that state it's kind of hard to really feel God's love even though it's all around me....

Andrea Schultz said...

I pray time has eased your pain. I will be praying for you.

Mary DeMuth said...

What a beautiful & sad story. How wonderful that you shared a great relationship with your mom.

Andrea Schultz said...

Mary -
Thanks for stopping by and reading about my 'thin place.' It was sad at the time, but God does redeem all things, as you well know!

Thanks for sharing your story.

Blessings -


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