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Tell Mother I'll Be There (4 of 4)
Revelation 7:9, 13-15
As I have been preparing this month for these messages on heaven, I have been struck by how many songs there are in our hymnbook about the subject of heaven. This morning, Mother's Day, I have chosen as my subject the song, "Tell Mother I'll be There." It is a song about Mother's Day, but it is also a song about heaven. There's a line which says, "Tell mother I'll be there in answer to her prayer, tell my darling mother I'll be there." I was thinking about Mother's Day and favorite songs and my own dear mother who will be 90 this month. Her favorite song is this: "There's a land that is fairer than day, and by faith we can see it afar, for the Father waits over the way, to prepare us a dwelling place there. In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore. In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore." I'm reminded that there are many of you whose mother is not with you in this service because your mother has already gone to heaven.
My sweet wife, Janet, has something that she gives to ladies who have lost their mother along the way. It goes something like this. "When I am gone release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. Be thankful for our many beautiful years. I gave to you my love. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. So grieve awhile for me if you must. Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a time that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away for life goes on. So if you need me call and I will come. Though you can't see me or touch me, I'll be near and my love around you soft and clear. Then when you must come this way along I'll greet you with a smile and say, Welcome home, daughter." This morning if you have lost a mother, keep in mind that one day you're going to see that mother again.
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