Yesterday’s Rethink Churches 2016 Lenten Photo A Day Practice word was Power. I had a gut feeling to clear my schedule and go up to be with my mother. When I got to the care facility I snapped this picture.
The last picture of the day from my visit was this one. When we started this journey I found one way for me to remember these moments was to take a picture of me or someone holding mom’s hand. I know right now she can’t talk any more. She can barely breath or open her eyes but I know she knows that I am her with her.
There was a spell when we thought we might lose her. That power was gut wrenching. I know that in the next few days I won’t be holding her hand anymore. This is a rough pill to swallow. We have been on this journey for a while now. I don’t want her to suffer anymore.
When I cuddled up next to her I hummed some of her favorite hymns and every now and then she would hum back. There was power in that moment.
When I said good bye. I gave her the best hug I could. It is hard to fully embrace her like i would like to because of the ostomy bag. There was power in that hug.
As I was driving home what seemed like a blur. I could feel the power of the people praying for us. It made the trip home a little easier though I am finding it harder and harder to leave her. Yesterday was extremely powerful.
Thank you Lord for that day.