Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Carols # 13

On St. Lucia Day, December 13 th, my Mom went to heaven in wonderful peace.
St. Lucia is a Sicilian Saint celebrated in Lutheran Sweden and Norway with children singing, carrying candles and bringing buns to family and neighbors.
A perfect Homecoming Day.



As Gunnar and I arrived the Home today to follow our Mom on her last journey, the hall was filled with happy kindergarten children singing Santa Lucia.

 

11 comments:

Annie said...

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world
in the name of God the almighty Father,
who created you, in the name of Jesus Christ,
the Son of the living God,

who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit,
who was poured out upon you.
Go forth, faithful Christian!

May you live in peace this day,
may your home be with God in Zion,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with Joseph, and all the angels and saints. . . .

May you return to your Creator
who formed you from the dust of the earth.
May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints
come to meet you as you go forth from this life. . . .

May you see your Redeemer face to face.

Annie said...

I also wanted to let you know that my post today held you and your loved ones in mind. I had a feeling this might be drawing very close to you.

I've also been wearing the heart shaped medallion you sent to me a few Christmas's ago. I've been touching it for the last two days, thinking of your mother just as I'm fingering it now.

Felisol - Elise Ljung said...

Dear Annie, Thank you for following so closely.

Sonja said...

Oh my sweet friend, my heart is so heavy for you as I read this. I have held your own mother close to my heart as well, she always reminded me of mine.

But Felisol, just think of it, she is face to face with her Saviour... no more pain, sickness or sadness. This Christmas she celebrates in complete joy and wholeness. I can just picture that sweet face of hers even as I write this.

My prayer for you and Gunnar & Serina and family, are that God holds you close and gives you His blessed peace.

I also think of both of our mothers meeting, and knowing one another though they have never met, simply because their daughters hearts are connected. It would be just like God to arrange that meeting.

I am praying for you and thinking of you so much.

Love,

Sonja

Mrs. Mac said...

I'm sure her homecoming was orchestrated by the Lord. I'm wearing the socks she knit me to hold her close in memory, thought and heart. Love,

Amrita said...

This has made me cry what a beautiful farewell. We were all praying around my Mama 's bed when she slipped away peacefully.
Now she is rejoicing with her Saviour .

Felisol, w e both lost our belove d moms in 2012. I will keep praying

John Cowart said...

Dear Felisol,

Even when expected, this is a heavy thing to carry.

So, her race is over; she crossed the finish line. Good for her!

You have labored in her care for a long time. Although I know there is a measure of sadness, I'm glad that part of your duty is relieved.

John

Lauren Davenport said...

My heart goes out to you. Sending my prayers and love. ((hugs))

Felisol - Elise Ljung said...

I love my blog friends. They really care and that is warming my heart and cheering my mind.
My mother "knew" some of you, and she liked hearing what you were writing on your own blogs and your comments on my blog.
She had and has the warmest of hearts.
I heard the song, "Some times I feel like a motherless child " today, when riding home through a heavy blizzard. I felt with every cell in my body, I can never be motherless.
She is everywhere I go and visit.

Terry said...

dearest friend of mine...mom ljung would of loved this so much... she is singing in heaven this very moment in the big house with your dear dad!....but she still would have loved these little ones singing.
i love you dearly...love terry

Debbie Petras said...

I don't know how I missed this. I am so sorry that your dear mom left you this day. But what an entrance into heaven. But oh, how hard this must be. I still miss my mom so much and it's been almost seven years since that day. What a reunion that will be when we join our moms one day.

The music of Santa Lucia is so familiar to me. My nieces used to participate in this ritual as they wore the candles on their heads and sang the song. We used to hold hands and sing Christmas carols as we went around the tree.

Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you sweet friend of mine.

Love you and sending hugs across the miles,
Debbie