Tuesday, July 29, 2014

No More Pain



Tomorrow we celebrate the Home-going
 of my sweet lady.

 I called her, Sweet Lady because 
there's no better way to describe her.

She was as sweet as sugar. 
She always kissed me when I walked in the door.
She expressed her love and appreciation freely,
said, "I love you," often.



There are givers and there are takers.
Yesterday, I heard more than one person say, 
"Mrs. Martha was a giver."
She kept cakes and pies in the freezer
to give away.
Today, I enjoyed a slice of one of her pies.

Mr. John, her husband, brought home a 
whole country-cured ham one day.
It wasn't a whole ham for very long.

Every time there was a need,
Mrs. Martha would cut off some ham, 
make some biscuits, and give them away.

One day, Mr. John got an inkling for some cured ham.
He said, "Martha, I think I want you to fry me some
 of that ham I bought awhile back."

She sheepishly brought out what was left.
Her daughter said, 
"I wish you could have seen the look on his face."

Mr. John liked to ride horses.
Mrs. Martha preferred the buggy
so he would take her riding.
The family rode motorcycles together.
Of course, she preferred the two-seater.
He drove, she rode.

She worked at the local drug store
during the soda fountain days. 
She enjoyed working and making the children
coke floats and cherry sodas. 

She was a homemaker
who was purely devoted to her husband 
and her children and they were
devoted to her. 

Mr. John passed away a few years ago.
She told me many times, 
"You know I can feel him right here beside me.
There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of him."

Several times, over the past couple of weeks,
I saw her look up, reach up and smile.
Maybe she had a glimpse of what was waiting
for her on the other side.

What I remember most about Mrs. Martha is her smile.  
Even when she was the closest to death, she smiled.  
Even with her body writhing in pain, she still smiled.

During the final days of her life,
with a cracked voice I would sing,
she would smile.
I would read the Bible,
she would smile.

She loved the Lord, her family, her church,
all people, all children, young and old.


She knew pain down here.
Where she is at, there is no more night,
no more tears, no more pain, 
no more crying again.

Thank you, Mrs. Martha for making an impact on my life.




  









22 comments:

  1. Wow, what a wonderful tribute to someone very special. So sorry for your loss. As you said she is home now with no pain.

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  2. Wow, what a wonderful tribute to someone very special. So sorry for your loss. As you said she is home now with no pain.

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  3. You were a blessing to each other. My deepest sympathy in your grief.

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  4. She sounds like such a wonderful lady. I know you were a blessing to her as well. We can all learn from her and try to be like her!

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  5. Oh Bonnie, this is just beautiful. Martha sounds like such a wonderful lady. She smiled through everything. God bless her.

    ~Sheri

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  6. What a lovely tribute. I'm sorry for your loss...I know she will be very missed. xoxo

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  7. What a special woman. I so enjoyed reading about this special woman who touched so many. You will miss her, and I'm sorry for that. Special (Hugs) for you in this loss.

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  8. A wonderful tribute, she sounds like a wonderful lady. She will live on in your memories and in your heart I am sure. Big hugs to you. xx

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  9. What a sweet tribute to a special lady that crossed your life.

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  10. Bonnie, your post is a beautiful tribute to your friend. I could feel the love and devotion you had for her. I am so sorry for your lose. Hugs! B

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  11. What an amazing woman! I'm sure she will be missed by so many.

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  12. Mrs. Martha sounds like a Greg leafy!

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  13. What a blessing ---God placing this wonderful Saint in your life. Cling to those good memories and may they give you comfort in the days to come.

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  14. Bonnie, what a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady. You write it so eloquently. She sounds very special and I'm sorry for your loss..Take care, Judy

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  15. Aww..Bonnie..keeping you in prayer. Knowing she is indeed home, has such comfort, doesn't it? Blessings

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  16. Oh there's someone that will be missed. Your tribute made me cry. I am sorry your dear friend is gone...but you know she's with her husband now. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  17. Gosh, your Lady sounds so much like the one I knew, oh, so many years ago, Miss Betty. I miss her terribly too. The one consolation is we'll see them again.
    Wishing you a good day and pleasant thoughts. Prayers for comfort from here.
    Luv xx

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  18. Awe...this is so beautiful and sweet! Just brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind! So glad that you shared. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  19. Bonnie,
    It is so sweet of you to write so beautifully of Martha. Some people come into our lives and leave us with such love. Glad you had this wonderful person in your life. She sounds like she was so worth knowing.
    Nice tribute to her.
    Kris

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  20. What a sweet remembrance of your precious friend :)

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  21. Very nice for a very special 'friend'. sorry for your loss, but Heaven's gain. That lady is an inspiration!

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