Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
The above picture was taken almost four years ago when my Mom was still singing in the church choir. Mom’s voice stood out; that woman could sing!
Now four years have passed and Mom can no longer walk; she depends upon a wheelchair. The hands that made noodles, soothed boo boos, gardened, and she used to lift in praise; now sit idly while others comb her hair and clothe her. Sometimes her eyes are alive but more and more I see them clouded over as if she is somewhere else. She spent a lifetime in daily devotion and now her Bible lays neglected layered with dust. We still see glimpses of the women who raised and loves us but more and more her body and her mind fail her.
I visited Mom last night as I try to do every night, even if just for a few minutes. We talked a little; mostly I talked and she smiled when I looked her in the eyes. We picked out her clothes for the next day; I picked, she said, “okay.” I told her about the cold weather and how the work is coming along on my house. She then asked me what it was like outside and I told her once again about the cold temperatures. I told her that I needed to get going on home and we kissed and said, “I love you” to each other. I walked around the corner in her room to get my coat and gloves on before walking out into the deep freeze. I heard Mom saying something and so I leaned in closer. “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so, the Bible tells me so, the Bible tells me so, tells me so. Jesus loves me. Jesus love me for the Bible tells me so, tells me so.” She had her eyes closed, rocking her head from side to side and repeating over and over lines for the song we are taught as children, “Jesus Loves Me.”
Mom sings a new song. It is not a song with multiple parts and flourishing piano chords. It is not a top ten hit on the radio. It is not a song that tells of her days and nights. Mom sings a new song; Mom sings her heart. Mom’s mind is not always with us anymore, but her heart sings out loud and clear!!!!!
I pray to be as full of Jesus as my Mom one day.