Loves me like a rock

I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers for my mother and family this past week. Mom died early this morning, and she went peacefully, with her closest, lifelong friend at her side. My most recent prayer for her, at least, was answered. Thank you, God.

On the acknowledgements page of a recent commentary, John Goldingay wrote about his wife who died not long before the book’s publication. He spoke the words that are on my heart this morning:

I thank God for her, and I am glad for her sake, though not for mine, that she can now sleep till resurrection day.

Although Mom saw Elvis Presley in Atlanta back in 1957 when seeing Elvis really meant something, she and I mostly went our separate ways when it came to music. She was country when country wasn’t cool. And if you’re old enough to get that reference, you can imagine how square I thought country music was back then.

Still, in 1981, we completely agreed that Simon and Garfunkel’s Central Park concert, broadcast live on HBO, was awesome. Through tears, I dedicate this song to her.

12 thoughts on “Loves me like a rock”

  1. Wow, I’m so sorry for your loss Brent. My prayers are with you and your family. What you wrote above was lovely.

  2. Now you made me cry. I am so sorry, Brent. This sounds so Hallmark Cards, but our loved ones do live forever in our hearts. Memories are always there. Pull them out when you need that extra little bit, to get through a rough day. You are a good son, I can hear that in the way you talk about your Mom. God is holding her in the palm of his hand, she is singing Country, and probably having dinner with the “skinny 1957” Elvis tonight.
    My thoughts and prayers for you and your family,

  3. I’m sorry for the death of your mom, Brent. I’m glad you were able to be with and talk with her a few days ago. Even though I haven’t seen her in over ten years, I’ll be mourning her–she was kind of my mom-away-from-home while you and I were at Tech together. A very gracious and generous woman. Shalom

  4. Brent,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. There is nothing that I can say that will make losing her any easier. Just know that you are in my prayers!

  5. I am sorry for your loss and glad you had a mom that loved you ” like a rock.” Now, that is the pearl of great price.

    grace and peace

  6. Brent,
    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. (beautifully
    written) I thank God that for the times I spent with her and remember how proud she was of you. I know you will miss her, but have many happy memories to pass on to your precious children. I love you and will continue to pray for you, Lisa and the children.

    With love, Anna Lee

  7. What a love story…..true love stories never end. Prayers for you and your family as you grieve AND as you celebrate your mom and the paradise she must be experiencing!

  8. So sorry! Yet so thankful she didn’t suffer more, and that you have many good memories. Know that I love you and pray for you!

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