This has been a different kind of Christmas for me and my family this year. My 98-year-old mom stepped into the arms of her Savior shortly before 8:00 Friday morning, December 19. My brother Jim and I were by her side when she took her last breath on this earth. Mom got to spend Christmas with Jesus this year. I’m thankful that she is now pain-free and able to experience things I can only imagine.
I miss her, but I rejoice that she is HOME where she longed to be. Mom left a legacy of three generations, and we were able to spend Christmas together this year.
This poem by Wanda Bencke and song by Mark Schultz were part of her memorial service. Both helped us walk through this season of grief with a heavenly perspective. We can rejoice in the midst of sorrow because of Jesus Christ and the future that awaits us because of His death on the cross.
Listen to the song we closed mom’s memorial service with:
I’m Spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this Year
I see the countless Christmas trees,
Around the world below.
With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars,
Reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular,
Please wipe away that tear.
For I’m spending Christmas,
With Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs,
That people hold so dear.
But the sounds of music can’t compare,
With the Christmas choir up here.
For I have no words to tell you,
The joy their voices bring.
For it is beyond description,
To hear the angels sing.
I can’t tell you of the splendor,
Or the peace here in this place.
Can you just imagine Christmas,
With our Savior, face to face?
I’ll ask Him to light your spirit,
As I tell Him of your love.
So then pray one for another,
As you lift your eyes above.
Please let your hearts be joyful,
And let your spirit sing.
For I’m spending Christmas in Heaven,
And I’m walking with the King.