I write a story every week, it’s called a ‘slice of life’. Today I want to offer you a slice of pie, my mother-in-law Verlee’s famous pie, with a tender, flaky crust and cherries bursting with flavor. Her pie will leave you breathless and you will want more of this heavenly pie shaped and rolled in love for all who sit at her table to rest. My mother- in- law was the best baker that I knew; she tried to teach me how to create the crust, the secret ingredient to many of her creations. She didn’t just create pies… Mississippi Mud, Cream Puffs as light as air, roast beef dinners and glorious dinner rolls that she had learned to form from her own mother. I never became a baker, but her lessons of living life shall never be forgotten
She left us a few days ago. I am broken-hearted; a huge hole is left in all our hearts because as she kneaded and baked… she also so loved. Tender loving her hands held mine for all the years Dave and I have been married. Verlee loved me as a friend and a daughter.
In our wedding 36 years ago, Dave and I picked this famous scripture about Naomi and Ruth. It is a story about a mother and her daughter in-law.
In Ruth 1:16 it says…But Ruth replied to Naomi, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” It is our story, mine and Verlee’s. She taught me about strength when the things of this world were so hard. She loved with a fierce love, her beloved husband Bill, all of her children, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and great – grand- children,friends, in-laws, and yes… even some outlaws. I know many of you understood how steadfast she was, how resolved she was with this message…
God loves you, no matter what you have done or where you have been, he is calling you back.
She whispers to me today. She is telling me to tell you, that everything has been worth it, but relationships matter most. And that you matter to God.
John 3:16 says For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that who shall ever believe in him will not perish but have ever lasting life.
I would have never guessed that this Mother’s Day would be the last time I would celebrate with her on earth. But I know that we will know each other and love forever in heaven… together, with all of our earthly family who has accepted this amazing gift, this gift that our wonderful God offers to each one of us.
And in that day Verlee will be serving us cherry pie, cream puffs and I’m pretty sure, Kenny will have his rice pudding special, because, after all, he is her baby!
I will miss her greatly, I loved my precious mother in-law, Verlee.