A Mother’s Love by Rev. Tara Briscoe
For as long as I can remember, my mother Lela Dean Briscoe has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I always thought I would grow up and be a great defense attorney, but God had a different plan for my life. When I finally discovered what that plan was, it was two years after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. God was calling me to preach the gospel. The closer I got to operating in my call, the sicker my mom got. Because she devoted her life to caring, raising, loving, and being the best mother she could possibly be, I was willing to postpone or move slow enough in my call that plenty of room was left to do what she needed done.
After being diagnosed with cancer and the doctor telling her she didn’t have long to live, my attention and love was solely directed toward her. I wasn’t preaching as much as I had been, and sometimes I wasn’t able to attend church. My sister and I provided around the clock care for our mother. There is one conversation that stands out today between my mother and I. Her greatest concern was that because of her illness, she was standing in the way of all God had for me to do. No matter how much I tried to convince her differently, she insisted that her desire was never to be a burden to me nor my sister. Well, after years of battling cancer, and about a month after this conversation my mother was in the midst of her transition stage. I attempted to comfort and reassure her. I grabbed her hand while we listened to Richard Smallwood play “Come Ye Disconsolate” and “It is Well.” Mama had a sense of urgency while tossing and turning. I finally asked, “Mama where are you going?”
Her response to me was “Home.”
I said, “Mama you are at home.”
She said, “No, I’m not.” She pointed upward.
It was as if she was saying “My time is finished. Now is the time for you to live your life. Now is the time to be all God wants you to be.”
Mama passed away February 9, 2016 at 7:15 AM. On February 10, 2016, I received my charge to pastor Mt. Zion AME Church in Italy, Texas. I believe my mother loved me so much, that she was willing to step aside. She was willing to leave us for a little while in order for me to fulfill my divine destiny. What brings me so much comfort during these difficult days is that I realize her love for me and Tammy will never die. It is her love coupled with God’s precious love that allows us to face each day with great hope of God’s promise. We will all be together again in a place where we will never have to say goodbye.
Note from Rev. Tara Briscoe
“The writing class held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. Luke AME Church was so informative and encouraging. Mr. Eric Jones helped me to understand the importance of writing and sharing my story. I truly believe this class would benefit those who love to write, interested in organizing their thoughts and who are in search of a platform to be heard in a constructive and uplifting manner. Writing for the Soul class will be a blessing to not only the writer but to all who read the stories as well. I’m grateful to Sis. Renee Walker for presenting this life-changing opportunity to me and my family!”
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy Program
For the first time in the history of our company, we are in position to impact four generations through our writing program. See, we’ve adapted our curricula to include Great Grandparents and Grandparents. We call it: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy. This workshop allows seniors to leave a footprint of their history to this generation by submitting their stories during our writing program in Waco, Texas. Their stories will be published in ‘Timeless Memories: Our Legacy for Your Generation’. The book is set for release July 7, 2017. Listen to what excited writers are saying about our Legacy Program:
About Timeless Memories
For centuries, we have used story telling as a way to maintain our traditions, values, and history. As we have transitioned to the 21st century, we use the internet and social media to share who we are -creating a gap in our story telling traditions for those that experienced some of the most prolific events of the last 100 years. The Great Depression, two World Wars, miraculous medications and awesome inventions mark some of the incredible happenings witnessed first hand by today’s seniors, many of whom do not use email or the internet. The stories of how we lived life before computers may be lost in the shuffle from paper and pen to bits and bytes.
Timeless Memories: Our Legacy for Your Generation is a compilation of stories, poems and reflections of the seniors participating in our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy Program. This one of a kind program offers a platform for seniors to leave a footprint of their history to this generation and beyond.
Pre-Order your copy today! A portion of all sales will go to St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Waco, Texas, provider of Writing for the Soul Workshop Legacy. Timeless Memories: Our Legacy for Your Generation will be available July 7, 2017.
Soft Cover: $12.99
Color: Black & White on White paper
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Page Count: 148 pages
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General