I took this picture with my mother right after I finished seminary in June of 2010. I like this picture because of her reaction and not mine. Her eyes seemed to say, “Son, I am proud of you and happy for all of your accomplishments.” In truth, her happiness was one of the greatest blessings of the evening.
Years have passed since this picture was taken almost seven years ago, but I cherish that evening. Both of us stood together to say, “See, I told you we could beat the odds.” We are living testimonies that were one begins in life does not have the final say as to what one can achieve. That picture speaks of joy and overwhelming light.
I miss my mother and think of her every day. She instilled in me a determination to succeed in spite of any obstacles that stand in the way. Although I miss her presence, her voice still speaks loudly in my head. When I feel low and unable to reach for the next level, I hear Ruby Jane’s voice saying, “What is wrong with you? Get up, reach out, and move forward. You are more than what you think you are!” And I get up, armed with the knowledge that I am her son, and failure is not an option.
Today, I am grateful for my mother, who reminded me everyday that I am loved unconditionally. This mighty woman, who taught me how to fight for what is right. Her undying faith in family and the importance of being a constant presence in the lives of all of those she called friends was the driving catalyst of her life. Blessings to you, as you sit at the banquet of God in the fullness and presence of God. May you feast well!