I Grieve, I Hope

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I grieve for my mother, but not just the loss of her life.

I grieve the loss of her faculties and strength these many years, when personality and passion grew distorted–swallowed up.

I grieve the loss of time and communication these many months, when distance and disability were roadblocks to even mumbled hellos.

I grieve again for my father, gone now 7 years, but still so present in my heart.

And I grieve for myself and the broken world we share.

I hope for reunion, redemption’s prize,

and I hope for favor in our Savior’s eyes,

and if it were not for hope in eternal things,

the grief for the temporal would be lasting sting, overwhelming already heavy hearts.

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About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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6 Responses to I Grieve, I Hope

  1. susanpoozan says:

    Your picture suits the mood of your words, well chosen indeed.

  2. jmgoyder says:

    And I grieve for you too.

  3. Elda MacDonald says:

    My mom passed on the 7th of February. I sympathize with your words Lily. We were blessed to have such wonderful mothers. 😘

    • Yes, we were. And it doesn’t matter if they lived a full life; it doesn’t matter if we know they are in heaven and done with sickness; it still just hurts! Blessings on you as you grieve.

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