February 14, 2006. It had only been 6 weeks since my mom left this world and all of us were in varying stages of shock and sadness. Immediately after Daddy told me this story, I wrote it down so I could remember…
On February 14 2006 at 6:30 in the morning my phone rang. I was startled. It was Daddy on the other end. Today is Valentine’s Day. His voice was full of emotion. “Sit down”, he said. I have something unbelievable to tell you…this is the story he told…
On the night before, Daddy was looking for something to put on the Legacy website for Mom since the next day was Valentine’s Day. (The Legacy site is the online tribute kept by the Atlanta newspaper. Everyone who has an obituary has a Legacy website and loved ones can log on for the year following someone’s death and write memories, thoughts or tributes. Our entire family visited that site daily and wrote something to mom.) Dad thought he’d get an idea for something to write from Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest. He has several copies of the devotion yet he couldn’t locate even one of them. Then he remembered the set of leather bound books sitting on top of a cabinet in the den. Sure enough, it was among the others. He pulled out the book and took it to his study to read.
This morning, Valentine’s Day, Daddy was having a tough time. It was his first Valentines in 50 years without Mom and only 6 weeks since she left. He was emotional. When he saw the Oswald Chambers book on his desk, still out of its place from the night before, he picked up the book and carried it back to the cabinet in the den. As he slid it back into place among the other volumes, something slipped out of the back from between the books. Reaching for it he couldn’t believe what he saw.
It was a beautiful Valentine card hand-crafted by Mom to Daddy.
It wasn’t dated. He had never seen it before. She must have hidden it. But when? And what are the odds that of all the places in his big house Daddy would be at exactly the place where a beautiful Valentine from his forever Valentine would slip into his hands on Valentine’s Day morning?
Father God is so sweet to listen to what I’m pretty sure was an urgent request from my Mom to His ear on that first Valentine’s Day she spent away from Daddy.
So it’s Valentine’s Day 2009. Is there someone who is still on this side of eternity that you might want to say I love you to? And if perchance your phone doesn’t ring today, let me promise you one thing…you are loved. The One who made the universe loves you. ~Prayers and hugs peeps~