Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
August 12, 2018
My Sunday messages have traditionally been about music but today I would like to dedicate my message to the memory of Joan (Toomey) Dupuis – my mom – who passed away yesterday.
I am comforted by this bit of scripture:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Psalm 116:15
My mom was born in 1934, married at 19 to my dad – Donald Dupuis and had her first child – me – at age 20. She would have three more children – Donna, Brad and David by the age of 28.
My mom was a mother of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s…the time of Ozzy & Harriot and Leave it to Beaver. She was perfect for that time…just like June Cleaver; she taught us to always be clean and courteous, to make our beds and keep our rooms tidy, to brush our teeth and clean our ears, to say our nightly prayers and go to church on Sundays
My mom was also a wife starting in the 1950’s…and once again she was perfect for that time. Like the TV wives of that time she would have the entire home clean as a whistle, a complete delicious meal on the table and be wearing a dress, with hair perfectly coiffed; when our father walked through the door each evening.
My mom always put the rest of her family’s needs ahead of her own. For instance, I was never sure if she really liked animals, but she put up with a dozen or so during our childhood; including the time my dad brought home a spider monkey! That only lasted a few months because my mom grew weary of cleaning up after an animal that threw its feces all around her dining room! yikes.
My mom showed the ultimate patience when my cousin gave me a 6’ Boa Constrictor for my 12th birthday, she actually allowed me to keep it as a pet and then didn’t lose her mind completely when about a year later it went missing from the large aquarium it lived in, in our basement…though I do remember the laundry piled up for a week or two back then.
My mom was the rock – the foundation on which our family was built. She did whatever was needed to keep our family together so that we would be able to keep the lifestyle to which we had grown accustomed to; despite dealing with a husband who suffered from alcoholism and would lose job after job – ultimately, taking his own life at age 49 – leaving her alone.
My mom was a God-fearing woman who was raised Catholic, brought all us kids up in the Catholic church and was a practicing Catholic her whole life. She always followed the rules of her religion – her church…and she did that without hesitation and without fail.
My mom around 6 years ago was stricken with Alzheimer’s and was robbed of everything in this life…her memory, her dignity and even her connection with the God she loved.
8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:8-9
Yesterday, August 11, 2018 the Good Lord chose to take His loving daughter Joan home to be with Him – and though sad, for this I am so grateful.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Corinthians 5:1
Dear Lord, thank you for giving me the perfect mom for me and let her know how much I love her. Bless her for doing everything she knew how to bring us all to know You. Lord, please wrap your loving arms around my mom and bath her in love for all eternity. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
© Alan Dupuis – with All the Glory to God