Togetherness, bonding, affiliation, a sense of belonging, unconditional love, responsibility, and never-ending memories are terms or phrases and we often think about our spouse or partner. But are they really the ones we should be thinking of? Isn’t there someone who came into your lives much before they did? In fact, aren’t they the reason why you got the gift of life or of upbringing? Why is it that we forget our beloved family, our parents when it comes to love and affection once we become a little older?
In the Book of Timothy, Chapter 3, verses 1 through 5 read: “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of Godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
Our Lord’s teachings preached thousand decades back holds very, very true in the modern world. Look around you, and you can easily find people who don’t much care about their parents. The two individuals who gave birth to them are no longer cherished, simply because they are of no use to them anymore. Once we grow older we can feed, clothe, house, and tend to ourselves. The presence of parents, to some, becomes cumbersome, or even intrusive and unpleasant to many. There are a few who are a touch more abominable than such people. They only take care of their parents or maintain the bare minimal communication because they are of some use to them! Some squeeze as much money as they can from their parents, while some make their parents do menial tasks like caring for newborn babies, gardening, or plumbing because they want to lead an active social life or simply cut costs.
But not everyone leads such deplorable lives. There are empathetic people who care for their parents, no matter what their age is. They don’t do this out of greed or necessity, but simply because they love their parents. Believe it or not, these are those who treat even their stepparents so wonderfully that you’d be hard-pressed to guess that they weren’t their real parents! Loving their parents, paying heed to their advice, taking care of them in their illnesses, helping them out monetarily and more importantly – making them an integral part of their lives by devoting a substantial amount of time to them makes for wonderful, glorious offspring that any parent could ever dream of. It takes a big heart and sensible planning to be a good child to your parent, without a doubt!
For those who love their parents a lot, their passing away leaves behind a huge, gaping hole that can never be filled. With the passage of time, they reconcile to the fact they would never be engulfed in a strong, warm hug from their father, or that they’d never be spoilt over by their mother with their favourite dishes and a soft, clean bed whenever they visited home. It’s tough to think of the good memories without shedding a tear of two, but hold on to those cherished moment we must. A painful memory may sneak in, but for those who truly love their parents? They are easily overshadowed by the tremendous amount of love that the child has for his parents.
Denise Underhill, a resident of Florida, USA, was one such loving child. Born and raised in the picturesque castle town of Tamworth in Staffordshire, England, she moved to the United States after her mother passed away. A fresh lease of life in a completely new place helped a bit in dealing with the sorrow she carried in her heart when her mother died in 2015. Remembering her mother brought on mixed reactions – both sadness and joy, but she could of course never obliterate those memories from her mind intentionally.
Whenever she felt nostalgic, Denise took the aid of modern technology and tried to reconnect with her roots. In the middle of her bustling, new life in a new place with new friends, Denise would often remember her charming little hometown and her mother’s home. One day, she decided to try and locate that home with the help of Google Earth. Having lived there for many years, she knew what its outside would look like. But she was also aware of the fact that having being sold to new owners, there may be some changes to that picture that she needed to be prepared for. Keeping all that in mind, she brought up a picture of her old home in Tamworth on her screen. And what she saw simply took her breath away!
In the pictures, she could see her mother at the end of the driveway, with a water can in her hand, watering the plants in the garden. Denise made sure she was seeing what she thought she was seeing. And when her doubts were put to rest, she was overjoyed! Google had helped her see her mother’s photo in a most unexpected manner and made her day!
Apparently, Google Earth had taken this photo a while back but had not used it thus far. But thanks to their update of records, this photo made its way from their archives to their software and ultimately to Denise’s computer! What an unexpected way for a loving daughter to catch a glimpse of her mother whom she remembered very fondly, often!
Denise remembered exactly how her mother used to spend her time water the plants, and there was a picture of her right before her eyes! Any child would be extremely happy to see such a photo, for sure! Perhaps it was a way for the digital world to let Denise know that in whatever world and form her mother was, she too was being remembered in some way; a daughter’s love had reached its recipient, and this was the universe’s way of letting her know that it was being reciprocated!
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1. God is always with you.
2. Grief is a part of life.
3. I pray you are aware of his presence in your life today.
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God bless you and your family,
Aaron Tabor, MD