One year ago today, life was pretty good.
One year ago today, I took for granted that things would always be the same.
One year ago today, I still believed that God answered prayers when and how I wanted Him to.
One year ago today, I was looking forward to a birthday shopping trip with my mom.
One year ago tomorrow, my dad called to cancel that trip.
One year ago tomorrow, mom went to the Emergency Room because she didn't feel well.
One year ago tomorrow, my world cracked.
In one year I have hoped, prayed, and even demanded.
In one year I have cried till there were no more tears.
In one year I have pleaded with Him, submitted to Him and finally rested in Him.
In one year I have learned that all things work together for good for them that love God. And I have learned that "good" doesn't always look good, or feel good... not for everyone involved, at least.
In one year my mom went from the sweetest woman in earth to the sweetest woman in heaven. And her journey, though painful for those she had to leave, was a joyous celebration and reunion for her.
In one year I have learned that I can praise Him through the worst pain. He is still worthy. He has never, ever left our side. She is with Him now, and He is with us. And knowing that is how I will get through another year.