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    In Her Condition

    By Linda Gray

    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV

    "Her condition has changed."  In that moment my condition and that of my family had changed as well. The nurse on the phone was speaking of my mother.  It was March 22, 2008 4:00 a.m.  It was a call I knew I would receive.  I knew what the word "condition" meant. 

    My mother experienced many "conditions" of life.  We all do.  It's the human "condition" for lack of a better word.  King Solomon described the conditions we humans would face in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.  

    Born in 1924 the middle child of a family that would include 14 siblings.  She knew the definition of "dirt poor."  Growing up during "The Great Depression," she knew the condition of hunger and want.  A bride at 16 years old, she experienced the condition of being young and in love.  At 19 she welcomed her first child, a son.  And motherhood changed her condition again.  

    Then the world went to war.  She became acquainted with the condition of loneliness, although she now had two little boys who provided a distraction.  Her soldier returned from the war.  She was hopeful that her condition would be one of a happy family.  Shortly after his return, her husband decided that he preferred the love and affection of another woman.  Again, her condition changed.  She was now a divorcee and a single mom.

    She remarried.  And two more children were added.  Her children grew, married and a new generation was added.  The new condition of Grandma was one of joy.  Years later, great-grandchildren came.  

    Around the age of 16, she attended a Baptist church.  She realized her condition of sin and gave her life to Christ.  Definitely, a condition change occurred.  

    Her faith in God helped her cope with all the conditions of her life from then on.  He walked with her during her divorce.  He gave her strength to live with a second husband who wasn't a believer.  When he passed away from cancer, she bore a new title and condition, "widow."  The Lord was with her then as well.

    Watching my mother deal with challenging times (read "terrible"), taught me many things.  Her favorite phrase was, "It won't always be like this."  That has resonated in my heart many times since she faced her final "condition" change on that early March morning.

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