A bitter cold winter day just before the New Year gave birth, a group of us gathered to say farewell to a beloved friend. The fond memories and how her life made an impact on all who were present were many. We often called her “Mama Ro”. We were a young church when she joined us and she became “our mama in the house’.
A torrent rush of thoughts filled my mind ….all the ways she knowingly and unknowingly touched my life and each member of our family. Her loving input and lifetime imprints so visible.
I began reflecting on others who left their stamp on my ‘molding and shaping,” and the seeds they planted. Some so casual and gradual I didn’t realize nor did they, their actions were life changing.
Actually I felt “undone” when I considered my own life and thought of my imprints left on the “moldings and shaping” of those my path has crossed. I pray for God’s grace to cover areas where I had lack. His love to make the difference.
One of Webster’s definitions for mother is ” a woman in a position of authority like that of a mother”. I define that as a mama in the house. Our own house still stings strong from the loss of our mama.. ….her memory powerful.
One of the first to leave an imprint on my life was my high school music teacher. During the school year she was in an accident and lost her leg. She eventually came to school with a prosthesis [artificial leg].
That spring leading our band in a practise march through our small town, she fell. We all stood stunned not sure what to do, while she held her hand out to signal…she was alright and had to get up by herself, a part of her overcoming. We stood by as she struggled and eventually stood strong upright and continued to lead us in our march.
My sixteen year old mind couldn’t grasp what just happened. But today I can say that lesson in courage was powerful and impacts me to this day. I saw her years later and was able to tell her so, while she told me she just returned from skiing. She was a true mama in our house…
For now I must close…but who has made a lifetime impact on you a nd did they realize it? Have you taken time to reflect….it’s a powerful thing to do…..a lesson in gratitude.
Till next time..