The Death of my Mother

by Mike Ratliff

1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 (NKJV) 

Earlier this week I took a a few days off to drive to Pawhuska, OK, stay in a cabin at the Osage Hills State Park near there, and take scenic and wildlife pictures at that park and at the nearby Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, which has one of the largest Bison populations in the United States.  In any case, I got my Bison pictures on Thursday, got back to my cabin then received a call from my sister that our Mother had died. She was 91 and had been in hospice care for the last several weeks. Her death was not a surprise. It was expected and both of us expressed relief that she was no longer suffering and was now with her Saviour as promised in the Word. On the other hand, there is now a person we love dearly who is missing. We comfort ourselves with the fact that my Mother was a woman of faith. She knew and loved her Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ. I also know from Sacred Scripture that I will also go home to be with my Saviour in His timing and will also see both of my parents and all those loved ones who have passed before me again.

Here is a link to my Mother’s Obituary.


9 thoughts on “The Death of my Mother

  1. Losing our parents is so very hard. The people who have known us all of our lives. They loved and cared for us. And for most of us, they were always present. And as we know God’s timing is always perfect, their passing still is quite an absence. We are part of them. May you know God’s peace and comfort and that many are upholding your family in prayer.


  2. I’m sorry to hear about the death of your mother. But actually she has passed from the land of the dying into the land of the living. I had a very similar experience with my Mother. She passed away at age 93 two years ago this March. She suffered at the end and her mind was failing and we had to place her in a nursing home. It was a painful, helpless experience for me and my brother to watch. Her death was no surprise, either, and even though we didn’t want to let her go, there was relief that she was no longer suffering. We still miss her and our Dad, but we are comforted knowing there is a great reunion day coming. They are the fortunate ones who are already partaking of everlasting joys while we remain earthbound, awaiting our turn into the entrance of heavenly bliss. The separation is only temporary, although sad and painful in the meantime. But, oh, the inexpressible joys that await us! We’ll be reunited for all eternity!

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  3. What a lovely testimony of your mother’s life well lived for the glory of God. 2 Timothy 1:5 “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.” This verse came to mind. How blessed you are to have such a wonderful spiritual heritage. May God continue to bless your family and ministry. Praying for comfort for all.

    Blessings, Charisse

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  4. My deepest condolences Mike, and also to your sister. Many times we look at our beloved parents when they were young and vibrant, and the thought, someday the departing will occur, and we quickly dismiss the thought. It is never easy but God will keep our tears in His bottle, and joy will come at last for each of us that mourn. God bless your family.


  5. Mike, I know you mourn not as those who have no hope, but you mourn as one who has the truth of this hope, the hope of glory. Thank you for letting us rejoice with you in this hope, but let us comfort you in your loss.


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