Sixteen could be a fun number. It could be a sweet number when it is the number of years a young girl has lived. It could be the age you commemorate important milestones toward adulthood. For instance, it could be the age you get your driver´s licence which in turn becomes a new found sense of freedom. It could be the age you get your first job, which also constitutes a first step towards that same goal of independence. Or it could be the amount of years someone dear has already spent enjoying true and eternal freedom.
That is the case for me today. It has been sixteen years since the passing of my Mom. After a battle with lymphoma, she finally transition to her final destination where she is inhabiting her forever home.
It was devastating for us left behind to see her depart. But we find consolation in the fact that she is not missing out anything down here that she can´t get many-fold in Heaven. We also know that one day, we will join in with her and our other beloved in a family reunion that will never have to end.
Until that moment, we will carry my sweet Mom in our hearts, cherishing the memories of her gentle spirit and caring heart, as we move along in this valley of shadows and tears, by the hand of the One who will make it us all whole again one day.
Happy Sweet Sixteen Anniversary in your new location, to my Dear Mom in Heaven!