Wednesday 25 July 2012

Mom’s Last Laugh...

Hello my people,

Here's an interesting piece I read on the net. The writer is unknown though but yet the story to me, is intriguing... a thought provoking reflection of how people's life can unfold in times of trial and pain into moments of bliss. Even though at the moment Ghana, we are in a state of mourning for our President, I'd like say that, when we are down to nothing, when all seems lost, when the picture seems gloomy... God is definitely up to something and there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy:

Consumed by my loss, I didn’t notice the hardness of the pew where I sat. I was at the funeral of my dearest friend — my mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense, I found it hard to breathe at times.

Always supportive, mother clapped loudest at my school plays, held a box of tissues while listening to my first heartbreak, comforted me at my father’s death, encouraged me in college, and prayed for me my entire life.

When mother’s illness was diagnosed, my sister had a new baby and my brother had recently married his childhood sweetheart, so it fell on me, the 27-year-old middle child without entanglements, to take care of her. I counted it an honor.

“What now, Lord?” I asked sitting in church. My life stretched out before meas an empty abyss. My brother sat stoically with his face toward the cross while clutching his wife’s hand.

My sister sat slumped against her husband’s shoulder, his arms around her as she cradled their child. All so deeply grieving, no one noticed I sat alone. My place had been with our mother, preparing her meals, helping her walk, taking her to the doctor, seeing to her medication, reading the Bible together. Now she was with the Lord. My work was finished and I was alone.

I heard a door open and slam shut at the back of the church. Quick footsteps hurried along the carpeted floor. An exasperated young man looked around briefly and then sat next to me. He folded his hands and placed them on his lap. His eyes were brimming with tears.

He began to sniffle. ”I’m late,” he explained, though no explanation was necessary. After several eulogies, he leaned over and commented, “Why do they keep calling Mary by the name of ‘Margaret’?”

“Oh” “Because that was her name, Margaret. Never Mary. No one called her ‘Mary,’ I whispered. I wondered why this person couldn’t have sat on the other side of the church. He interrupted my grieving with his tears and fidgeting. Who was this stranger anyway?

“No, that isn’t correct,” he insisted, as several people glanced over at us whispering, “Her name is Mary, Mary Peters.”

“That isn’t who this is, I replied..”

“Isn’t this the Lutheran church?”

“No, the Lutheran church is across the street.”


“I believe you’re at the wrong funeral, Sir.”

The solemnness of the occasion mixed with the realization of the man’s mistake bubbled up inside me and came out as laughter.

I cupped my hands over my face, hoping it would be interpreted as sobs.

The creaking pew gave me away. Sharp looks from other mourners only made the situation seem more hilarious. I peeked at the bewildered, misguided man seated beside me.He was laughing, too, as he glanced around, deciding it was too late for an uneventful exit.

I imagined mother laughing.

At the final “Amen,” we darted out a door and into the parking lot. “I do believe we’ll be the talk of the town,” he smiled. He said his name was Rick and since he had missed his aunt’s funeral, asked me out for a cup of coffee.

That afternoon began a lifelong journey for me with this man who attended the wrong funeral, but was in the right place.

A year after our meeting, we were married at a country church where he was the assistant pastor. This time we both arrived at the same church, right on time. In my time of sorrow, God gave me laughter. In place of loneliness, God gave me love. This past June we celebrated our twenty-second wedding anniversary. Whenever anyone asks us how we met, Rick tells them, “Her mother and my Aunt Mary introduced us, and it’s truly a match made in heaven.”

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! I think there is a good side to every bad story. Sometimes it's so difficult to see it, but everything ultimately adds up in the sweet by and by. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28.  

May there always be grace, courage and comfort released and available to all those who grief; May there always be light at the end of every tunnel of sorrow... Amen.

Peace... I'm out!


  1. amen oooooo
    awww...lovely story, was indeed a match made in heaven..big time!..loool
    i guess you're right though...sort of
    in every disappointment, there might just be a blessing lurking on one side
    thanks for sharing

  2. My condolence on the loss of your president, his soul rest in peace.
    A heart touching story.
    GOD is the master planner of our life...22yrs, they are still beautiful.

  3. Interesting. Divine coincidence

  4. Aww! Sweetness! It is indeed a match made in heaven. There's always always sonething to be hankful for.

    And amen to the prayers.

  5. Our weakness as humans is the reason we don't see that for everything that happens,there's always a reason.A very lovely story.

  6. Awwwww, sweet story. What an odd place to meet one's life partner. God always does have a plan. Amennnn to the prayers at the end.

  7. Aww!That was such a lovely story

  8. aaaw, me love me love stories :-)

  9. So sweet. God never abandons us, especially when we feel alone.

  10. wow - very intruiging! I can imagine if she had made a scene and sent him out of the church.. they surely wouldnt be 22yrs long..*Sigh* God has a sense of humour.