The Day My Mother Died
I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid (John 14:27).
The day one's mother dies is something most everyone will vividly remember. I do.
In 1983, my dear, precious mother went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, at age 93.
At the time, I was scheduled to be the keynote speaker to launch the great event we called KC '83, in Kansas City.
Some 20,000 students and staff were gathered for a week of inspiration and training in discipleship. When the news about my mother came, we had just finished a press conference, announcing our event to the people of Kansas, through the media, radio and television.
Suddenly, a friend handed me a note from my sister. The note simply said, "Please call." I did call immediately, and my sister informed me that our mother had just entered into her eternal glory.
I was devastated, for we had planned for sometime, my mother and I, that I should come directly from Kansas City following that week of meetings to be with her in Oklahoma where she lived. And now she was gone. Gone.
My father died a year before.
I had been eager to tell her of all the exciting things God did that week because she always remembered me daily in prayer. Many of the marvelous things in which I was engaged had been bathed in her tears and prayers. And now she was gone.
I thought, "I cannot possibly speak tonight, and I want only to be alone with the Lord and to meditate upon my wonderful, wonderful mother." So I excused myself and went to my hotel room.
There on my knees I was asking the Lord how could I possibly give the keynote address that night when suddenly the Holy Spirit spoke very clearly to me. Though not audibly, it could have been on a thousand loud speakers. I strongly sensed the Lord saying to me, "This is what the Christian life is all about. I am with you in times of joy and rejoicing, as well as heartache and sorrow. I will speak through you tonight and the story of how you share your faith in me in this time of great loss will be a blessing to all who hear it."
As an act of obedience and by faith, I spoke. For the first time, I believe my mother was there to observe from her celestial position, and that was one of the most meaningful messages I've ever given. I trust the Lord was pleased, and my mother, and that everyone was blessed.
Yes, He helps us. He always helps us in our time of trouble. He promised, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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