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My brother, my sister and I had adopted a cat. We told our mom that we would take care of it, and feed it. Of course you know what happened. Our mom ended up taking care of it and feeding it. We told our mom the cat's name was Tiger. T i g e r. Now, if you’re Molly and you are originally from Trenton New Jersey, T i g e r is pronounced Tagger.
In the morning to call the cat we would take our turns calling, "Here, Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, The cat would not come. Then we would wait for our mom to show up in her nightgown and call the cat. She'd call, "Here Tagger Tagger Tagger" and the cat would come.
That is a humorous tale about my mom, but it is so typical of her life. The first thing she thought about when she woke up was meeting someone else's needs, not her own. She was feeding our cat.
All of us in the family including myself would ask her to do things for us. Mom can you wash this, mom can you cook this, mom cam I borrow some money. She never hesitated to serve her family. She never said, "I'm to busy," or "I have to do this," or any other excuse.
That cat would only come when she called it, because my mother knew how to talk and touch people's hearts. That cat responded, as so many other people have to her compassion. She had a compassionate heart. There was room for everybody, no exclusions. Just like Jesus.
My Dad told me how he met my mom. They met at a dance at the YMCA in Trenton, New Jersey. While dancing, my dad stepped on her feet. Instead of apologizing for stepping on her feet my dad said, "I guess your just learning how to dance." My mom just looked at my dad and said, "yes I’m just learning." Not until later in their relationship did my dad find out that my mom had won dance contests.
Another funny story, and if you knew my mom you appreciated her sense of humor and her love of laughter; but another example of how she led her life. Instead of saying something mean she put the burden on herself. And now I will tell you about all the times my mom said mean things to me and other people.
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I hope you caught my drift. My mom always was kind and found the good in people. She would recognize the Jesus in you.
My mother was in this world when she was alive but she was not of it. She lived on a different spiritual plane than most of us. And that was reflected in the way she led her life - in her meekness, quiet demeanor, her prayer life, her constant devotion to her family and her unheralded acts of compassion and forgiveness - only to be followed by her unparrelled unconditional way of loving. Just like Jesus.
Oh, by the way, let me tell you what my mother's priorities were in this world: God, family, period.
The world will exclaim to me and say, "I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother." I am here to tell you I have lost no one. I know with great assuredness exactly where my mother is. I also know where to find her. She is in the gospels. My mother was a living beatitude.
The world will also tell me and you that Christmas ends Dec. 26th. If you turn on your radio now you will not here any more Christmas Carols. Christmas is now. This is the Christmas season. Just look around at the church. The church is decorated to celebrate my mother's life.
I mention this because I'm sure my mother spent advent preparing her heart to celebrate the coming of Christ into this world. That brings me to another place I can find my mother. Right here in the nativity scene. Jesus came into this world not as a full grown man but as a baby, He came humbly, meekly, calmly, helplessly waiting to be held and nurtured. That is reflective of my mother's death. My mother left this world just as she led her life: humbly, meekly, calmly, helplessly into the arms of her Savior.