By Jacob Bembry
My mother would have been 72 years old on Saturday, Nov. 26. Unfortunately, for me, she will not be here for me to celebrate it with her. Fortunately for her, however, she will be in the midst of an everyday celebration in the presence of her Savior, Jesus Christ. She went to the home that we all long for on Jan. 16, 1999.
There are distractions that should keep me from missing her during this week. Thanksgiving was on Thursday, Nov. 24, and I am truly thankful for all the blessings that the Lord has given me. Still, I miss Mama and I know that it will always be that way until the day that the Lord calls me home.
There will be other people I know who celebrate their birthdays around the same time as my mother’s birthday would have been. My pastor’s wife, Janice Flowers, celebrates her birthday on Nov. 25, as does Annie Laura Thomas, who attends the church I attend. Cheltsie Kinsley, a co-worker and daughter of my boss, Emerald Greene, and Paul Kinsley, celebrates her birthday on Nov. 27. The birthdays of Cheltsie and her sister, Brooke, are forever emblazoned on my brain; Cheltsie’s birthday is the day after my mom’s birthday. Brooke’s is Jan. 21, the day of my dad’s birthday. These four ladies who celebrate their birthdays around the same time as Mama all share a common trait with Mama – all of them have sweet spirits. I was telling someone the other day about how courteous and polite Cheltsie and Brooke are. The same can be said of Sister Janice and Sister Annie Laura.
Happy birthday, Sister Janice, Sister Annie Laura and Cheltsie.
As the Thanksgiving weekend winds down, I hope that you have had a chance to be with family and friends, that you enjoy your job and co-workers as I do mine and that God fills your heart with the love of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.