“Why does God send us here, where things hurt so much? Why does he make us love things that he knows we’re going to lose? […] We don’t love people because we will have them forever; we love them because loving them changes us, makes us better, healthier, kinder, realer. Loving people makes us stronger in the right ways and weaker in the right ways. Even if people leave, even if they die, they leave us better. So we keep loving, even though we might lose, because loving teaches us and changes us. And that’s what we’re here to do. God sends us here to learn how to be better lovers, and to learn how to be loved, so we’ll be prepared for heaven.” ~Glennon Doyle Melton
You have changed so many people, Mama. You have shaped us all into better lovers of life, and for that we are eternally grateful. Rest now. Rest.