My mother-in-law, Grace, died on 27th January, suddenly and unexpectedly. She had been married for over 60 years.
This week was her funeral...the crematorium was the same place that her beloved daughter, Karena, went to just 4 years ago, and the church service that followed was in the same place where we got married back in 1993.
It is no understatement to say, that Grace always treated me like a son. She was a dedicated mother, and an outstanding grandmother to my children, whom she loved with all of her heart.
She was devoted to her family and friends, and was lots of fun to be around (even though she didn't always understand the joke !). She did probably spend too much time in her beloved Marks and Spencers though!
I never knew her when she looked as young as she does in the photo here....but now she is in her permanent home with Jesus, I guess she will be more youthful.....certainly she has been reunited with her daughter in the place of great reunions. We do have that confidence, and hope for the future too.
I had the privilege to read out these words at her funeral :-
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 15:13)
We keep trusting Jesus in amongst all the heartache.
We will miss Grace very much, but she's in the best place now.