When my dad passed away in December of 2016, I had to move. I had lived with my parents for several years, helping to care for my mom until she passed away and then my dad until his time came. When I moved, I didn’t have time to go through everything, just pack it up and send it on. As the months have passed and I’ve opened one box at a time, I’ve found things I’m so thankful didn’t get lost or tossed in the move, things I never knew existed.
One of those was a dedication to my mom written by my dad shortly after she died. In it, Daddy included lines from two poems. My dad, a Baptist pastor for over fifty years, read and studied the Bible and Bible-related materials constantly, but I never knew him to read poetry written by anyone except his children.
I think it would be fitting to offer Daddy’s tribute to Mama, the mother of his children, today on Mother’s Day.
Dedication To My Wife
Dorothy Mae Nash
November 30, 1925 – May 21, 2013
Who Went Home To Be With The Lord
Mrs. Nash was a member of Union Friendship Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and her family and was a faithful Christian and a faithful pastor’s wife. For 67 years, we walked hand in hand through the valleys and the mountain tops of life.
When our time on earth is through, in heaven too, you will have my hand.
I will always remember, when the rest of my life is through, the finest thing I have ever done was loving you.
Written this day May 30, 2013
[The last lines above are the ones from the two poems, both by Robert A. Sexton (poet and artist, 1943-2017). The poems are printed below in their entirety, formatted as presented on his cards, and printed by permission.]
Across the years
I will walk with you –
in deep, green forests;
on shores of sand:
and when our time
on earth is through
in heaven, too,
you will have
Robert A. Sexton
I will remember,
when the rest of life
the finest thing
I’ve ever done
Robert A. Sexton