Thankful In the Midst


Oh, I am ever so thankful for this 95 year old mother of mine!  This past Monday evening, the nursing home took a small bus of residents to the Hooks Baseball game.  The Hooks are a AA team for the Houston Astros. My mother grew up with baseball in Chicago.  Her Dad was on a minor league team way back when plus he taught the kids in the neighborhoods they lived in to ‘play ball’.  Grandpa was an Italian bricklayer by trade, but his real love was baseball and taught two of his three kids to absolutely love the game, Mom being one!  So any chance my mother got and now gets, she goes.

She is in a nursing home now so the opportunities are much more rare.  When this game was on the May calendar, I decided to volunteer and go with her.  My youngest sister and her husband have taken her a time or two on visits here.  She has been prodding me to go ever since the team came to town.  So ’twas my turn!  Plus Mom is 95!  How many more?

As you can see on our faces, we were having a grand time.  The Hooks won, but more than that, I won a most memorable memory with my mother.  She was clear (dementia at rest!); she was ever so happy, and loved having me with her as she knows that baseball is not a favorite for me!  (She drug me to a few Padre games that were not fun for me as a high schooler!)I am so grateful for the evening, the memory, the special fun that she and I had together, just us!  I loved every minute!  I am grateful for my little sister and her husband in Kauai who listened to me whoop and holler as I shared the evening with them.   Thank You, Sweet Jesus, for my mother, for my sisters, for my father, and those I call family.  Amen. 

For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; [You are] my trust from my youth.  By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise [shall be] continually of You.  I have become as a wonder to many, But You [are] my strong refuge.  Let my mouth be filled [with] Your praise [And with] Your glory all the day.  Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.  Psalm 71:5-9
I am thankful that our God is the Strong Tower that I can run to.   With so much love for my Mom, I also have such a difficult time when she is angry and the dementia overrides the fun-loving, happy mother I know best.   God is in control and I am so, so very grateful that He is and I am not.
The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.  Proverbs 18:10

I also thank the many people who have laid their lives down on the battlefields for my freedom.  I thank the families of those special people for they are waiting for their special one to return.  May You protect them with Your many legions of angels, LORD.  Hold their minds in Your loving hands, that their eyes would stay fixed upon You, that they would come home whole.  Amen.

Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?  Matthew 26:53

I love You, LORD, for the love You have given me.  I feel the river of living waters running through me with newness and refreshment, with life and grace, with mercy and peace.  You hold my tears in a bottle.  You calm me.  You are God.  Thank You for my Kenneth and His loving sweetness for me.  Thank You for His faithfulness to You and to me.  Thank You for holding us in Your arms and teaching us Your ways.  Amen.
Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.  Psalm 61:1-3

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