My mother passed away yesterday evening with her sister and my father at her side; she died at home, which was her wish. She had been sick for a while with cancer and in more recent days, we had noticed her steep decline so were expecting this news, but still, it's never a great phone call to receive.

For those who knew her, you'll know what a loss she is to our family and everyone who came in contact with her. For those who knew her faith (and in all reality, to know my mum was to know her faith in Jesus), you can appreciate the joy she must be experiencing with the Lord she loved so dearly right now.

I plan to fly over next week to be at her funeral (the details of which have yet to be announced). Prayers for my family - especially my father - would be gratefully received.