I finally made it home from Scotland late on Saturday afternoon. There were a few delays (due to bad weather), and that caused a knock-on effect at the airports. But I’m thanking God for His protection through stormy skies and over-crowded airports. On the last of three flights there was a particularly scary bout of turbulence. It felt as though my spirit separated from my body and went skyward while my body sank below. Surreal! And yes, I did call on the Name of Jesus. :-)
The time I spent with my precious mother was a gift unlike any other. I went over early because her health had deteriorated so badly I thought there was not much time left.
Because of the dementia she can be completely lost inside and it can be difficult to reach her, but for most of my time with her we connected well. We had some laughs together and lots of loving hugs and kisses, and sang a few silly songs. And one night while she was settling into bed she looked me straight in the eyes and said, “You’re a good lassie.” It melted my heart. Earlier that day, smiling a proud smile as if she had just realized, she said, “I’m your mammy!” and squeezed my hand. Gifts beyond compare!
For the last two days she began weeping. I believe she knew I was leaving. It broke my heart to leave her. But I take solace in the loving care my siblings pour out on her every day. They protect Ma, love on her, make sure she is comfortable, eats and drinks, and sees her doctors on a regular basis. We are blessed beyond measure that Ma can stay in her own home with her own children and grandchild lovingly caring for her. I am so very thankful for each of them.
Thank you God for providing to meet all of my mother’s needs and for keeping her safe until that glorious day she returns to your loving arms.
St. Therese of Lisieux said, “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother.” I agree.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
16 …all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
when I awake, I am still with you…