LOVE NEVER DIES
“It had been only a couple of weeks since my mother passed away from cancer and I was still in a daze. She was my world, my comforter, my teacher, my friend…the person who had loved me the most in this world. I tried to think of her, happy in Heaven with God, and I believed that she was. But I also stubbornly wanted her back.
“One afternoon, as my loss surrounded me like a heavy shroud, my heart ached so badly that the only thing I could do was to get down on my knees and ask for comfort. God, please help me through this grief and pain, I prayed. I can’t seem to let her go. She was my mom. She was my angel on Earth.
“Right when I finished that thought, I heard something drop to the floor with a thud from my bedroom dresser. I turned around and saw an envelope of coupons my mother had left for me during her last visit. I hadn’t opened it and it had since gotten lost under a pile of papers.
How did it fall to the floor?
I thought as I picked it up. To my surprise, I felt something heavy inside. There, among the handful of coupons my mom had so neatly clipped,
I was stunned to find a beautiful pewter angel pin. Engraved on the back were the words, You are loved. Shaking, I clenched the pin in my hand and let cleansing tears fall. I’d never felt God’s presence as strongly as I did in that moment, and the sense of peace and love was so powerful that it took my breath away.
“Now I wear my angel pin every day to remind me that even when we lose someone close to us, we can never lose that precious bond of love.”
—Loretta Chaney, 55, Austin, TX