All Is Well
Let me tell you about one of my birthday presents.
My children, Travis and Kelsey, discussed what to give me for my birthday this year and agreed on a necklace that would say a sentiment such as “I love you”. After further thought, Kelsey suggested the phrase “All Is Well” and the two immediately knew that was the perfect choice. Travis, along with my husband’s help, combed through my mother’s handwritten study journals (which she began doing in the early 1970s) and found where she wrote the words “all”, “is” and “well”. They took pictures of those words, sent them to Kelsey who hired an artist to create from my mother’s handwriting a personalized necklace with the phrase “all is well”.
When I opened the box and read the phrase I teared up and then when I learned all that my family did in thinking of this idea and making it happen, my heart melted even more. Travis said to Kelsey after seeing my reaction that it will be hard to top this gift. I agreed but told them it was always worth trying 😉
The significance of the phrase brings even more sentiment to the necklace. On my mother’s blog she wrote: “All is Well. I love the way this song expresses both the message of joy of the arrival of God’s salvation and the sense of peaceful calm that joyful message brings. It was both those aspects that led me to choose this song to be played at my mother’s funeral service. Both these songs are on Michael W. Smith’s “Christmas” album.”
After selecting songs for my grandmother’s funeral, my Mom recognized what a large challenge selecting songs for a loved one can be so she began gathering songs that she wanted me to know were her favorites. She placed copies of the songs in one of two folders on her computer, one labeled “Donna’s Motivational” and the other “Donna’s favorites”. Knowing the day would come when I would be selecting songs for her, she specifically encouraged me to consider All is Well. That time came much sooner that we expected when my mom died November 25, 2014. I spent hours deciding and planning her memorial service and one of the songs I selected was All is Well. It’s beautiful, peaceful and powerful. I hope you take the time to watch, read and listen to it.
The phrase “all is well” represents my mom’s beliefs. My mother often said phrases such as “it’ll be fine”, “I’ll be okay”, “sounds good”, “I’m flexible”, or “things work out”. Once when we were passengers in a vehicle with a poor driver on a snowy mountain she responded to my fears by saying to me “Sweety, it’s okay. If it’s our time to go it’s our time to go.” At the time all I could say was “oh great, that really helps me.” During a different and rough time at work many years ago she made for me a small poster with the quote “You cannot direct the wind but you can adjust your sails”. In time, I began to understand the message she was teaching me was really always the same. So, for you Mom, I believe “All Is Well” and now I can wear it as a reminder of my family’s love and all you taught us.
- http://www.AshleeArtis.etsy.com — the artist who made my necklace
- DonnaB’s Weblog — my mother’s blog
- Notes from Life’s Journey — another of my mother’s blogs