The {glue} that holds us all together.

It was raining that afternoon. The hardest I could remember ever driving through. And in a matter of an hour the rain would be an exact mirror to my tear streaked face and washed out insides as I met my new reality.

She was fifty years old and six months retired. She was my mother. And she was the glue that held our family together.

She wasn’t supposed to die in her sleep from a massive heart attack. Alone. My dad out of town. Me either upstairs getting ready for work or in the kitchen drinking the coffee she got up to make me or on my way to work or already at work. Either way, she was alone. And we were now alone. And our family glue was gone.

But in the midst of those days that stripped our souls bare after her death, there was another glue that worked His way into our family unit and took hold. Fast. Strong. Steady. Jesus.

I imagine the same torrential rain fell from the sky as the world came unglued those moments He hung lifeless on those splintered pieces of wood fashioned in a cross pointing to the heavens.

Those who had just murdered Him now realizing maybe, just maybe, He was the Messiah after all as they watched their sacred temple literally torn in two. The thunder. The lightening. The fury as all hell was poured out in blood and water from his broken and beat body.

Hell he endured for me and for you. The glue that holds the world together. And me. And you.

Jesus. The only glue that can hold us together when our world comes unglued. And it has and it does and it will. Until we are whole with Him in glory.

I weep to think how many sins of my own He suffered for that dark day. I weep to think how they were all washed away when He conquered death and held fast to His promises as He always does. Always did. Always will.

My hope stands fast in the One who holds me fast. My Cornerstone. My solid rock. My redeemer. My rescuer. My glue.

In Remembrance of Him,


**Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and a slew of other talented writers for Five Minute Friday on this special Friday of Holy Week. Tonights prompt was {glue}.


27 thoughts on “The {glue} that holds us all together.

  1. I am sorry that you lost your mom so unexpectedly. I can’t imagine. I pray that you can move past her being “alone” because had you been there, had your dad been there, God was whispering her name and beckoning her home and you would still run through your mind what you could have done or if you could have done something to change the results, but you couldn’t have, no one could have. God’s timing doesn’t coincide with ours but it is perfect to Him and we must find our way to his light in order to make peace and find the joy that was meant to be. You are in my prayers!

  2. Absolutely touching. Absolutely beautiful. Absolutely Jesus is the glue that holds us together. So happy I stopped by to read your words.

  3. Meredith,
    This may be my favorite post, yet. You could not have said it better. “Jesus. The only glue that can hold us together when our world comes unglued.” How true this is. When I was broken, Jesus put me back together and he still hold me together. Thank you for these beautiful truths!

    • It’s funny how the words I write sometimes I feel like are going to have the least impact have the most impact in some peoples lives. And that’s why a hit the publish button even when sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t. I’m glad you found some comfort in these words and I’m also glad that Jesus does hold all of our brokenness together. xoxo, Meredith

  4. Such a lovely post Meredith. Thank you for sharing. My husband recently lost his mother, unexpectedly. So your post very much resonates with me. Blessings to you and your family. And I look forward to encouraging and getting to know each other through the snail mail!

  5. The beauty and flow of your words on page are music to my heart. Your love for The Lord and commitment to put Him on display through your real life stories are refreshing and poetic. Love being on this journey together. Wouldn’t it be awesome for someone to publish a fmf anthology with each of our “best” posts in it?:) I would love to read it! Feels like tea with a good friend over here on your blog.:)

    • Well that’s the best compliment ever, it feels like tea over here on the blog. Yes, I love that! And I love the idea of an anthology of our best FMF posts….hmm. I’m so glad we are on this journey together, too! Blessings friend.

  6. This is just so so beautiful, thank you for sharing it. My husband recently lost his father suddenly to a heart attack, and I think we needed your words today.
    So glad I came to visit from FMF. Many of us seem to have had similar thoughts as a result of this word!

    • So sorry for your loss…God truly does use our own loss to speak to others and He did the same for me when I lost my mother. Thank you for reading and sharing. 🙂 Blessings to you and your family this Easter. Please come back…

  7. As always, Meredith, your writing leaves me with, “Wow.” Beautiful testament to your godly mother and to our wonderful Savior. Without Him we’d just fall apart. Blessings to you, sweet friend!

  8. I’m so sorry that you lost your mommy–but she was never alone–Jesus was right there with her. Your beautiful words encourage me, make me stop and think and remember that HE is the glue that binds our wounds and heals us. Thank you!

  9. Oh Meredith, this was just beautiful as always. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I remember you mentioning it in another post and my heart always hurts for you when I read about it. But yes, Jesus is the glue and always will be, and I’m so grateful you have Him to hold you and your family together. Have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday. Much love.

  10. I got choked up reading about your mother because I am so very close to mine and she really is the glue that holds us together. I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for writing this today and sharing that painful moment, but also sharing the love of Jesus and a remembrance of Him. xoxo, Rebekah (

    • So glad you visited today, Rebekah. Thankful you have been blessed with a treasure of a mother, as well. 😀 God’s ways are certainly higher than ours…and He always works good. Even when it hurts. Blessings to you today…now go hug on your mom this Sunday if you can. 😉

  11. Merideth, A great post. Truly written from the heart! I am glad I went up a couple of rows and red your post. Stop by Life Bubbling Over on Facebook and get more acquainted. I am also a member of Compel. Look forward to reading more post. Stopping by from FMF. Easter Blessings!…<…Cathy

  12. Usually I’m not this early with the FMF posts. But I’m glad I stumbled on your words. Very powerful … and I am sorry for your loss. I especially liked the line, “Jesus. The only glue that can hold us together when our world comes unglued.” Have a blessed Easter and revel in the joy of the Resurrection!

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