A Closer Walk with Thee
My mother passed away September 4,
2007. Though a traumatic experience, her body had just given out. (I showcase a
few photos here of this beautiful woman throughout her life.)
The Sunday following her death I
decided I needed to attend Mass, though it would be very difficult.
The closing hymn turned out to be
A Closer Walk with Thee. Having come from a protestant background, I
the hymn. The choir lead had given everyone the refrain, suggesting they at
least try to sing along, since it wasn't in our hymnal. In all the time I have
attended this church, this was a first for using a hymn with no hymnal
I was the only parishioner who
sang along with the choir throughout every verse and every word. I cried
throughout the song. You see, it was my mother's favorite hymn, and the Masses
throughout the weekend had been dedicated to her.
After the Mass was over, I dried
my tears, and others were
I went to our wonderfully talented pianist, who always plays at this particular
Mass. I asked her who had chosen that hymn. She said she plays for a lot of
protestant funerals and for some reason thought it would be a good hymn to use
I gave her the biggest hug and
told her the story through more tears, gratefully thanking her. Then I thanked
God for laying this idea on her heart just for me!
In memory of Letha Hockensmith. From top and
left-to-right at the bottom, photos of my lovely mother who was beautiful until
the end. They are: in her 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, her 80th birthday, and shortly
before her death at age 90. Thank you, readers, for allowing me to honor her on
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