It's a bright sunny day today. Folks are out, walking the beach as waves lap onto the shore. Brown grass has quickly turned green again after a few days of refreshing rain.
Right now, as I write, I hear a little one singing her heart out as she and her family walk along the edge of the seashore. I smile. I know my Mom would smile too. During this moment, on this day, this child has a song in her heart and she's not afraid to sing it out loud!
Sometimes, I become so bogged down with the necessities of what needs to be done that I don't listen to God's nudging to walk the beach, go out to the garden, curl up with a cup of tea and His Word or....simply sing a song.
My Mom would do that...just break into song without warning. Something would remind her of a song and away she would go. This morning, as Kip listened while I let random thoughts of the past four + months flow through my head and out of my mouth, I unexpectedly started to sing! Recollection of the beautiful sunshine beaming into Mom's Hospice room the morning she passed away triggered an outburst of Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam.....a song Mom taught us at an early age. All of a sudden my eyes grew wide and we both started to laugh. This is exactly what my Mom frequently did!
Our kids were very familiar with this unique trait of Mom's. She had been doing it since they were born and the songs continued to flow through her even as she lay in Hospice. One certain conversation about the faithfulness of God's blessings is a good example. Bedridden and struggling through the final part of her journey on earth it would seem she had every reason in the world to complain, but she didn't. Instead, she talked about the many blessings God had given her throughout her lifetime. Then, her quiet little voice paused. Softly she began to sing, "Count your Blessings." I joined in and it was a very precious moment as Mom once again transformed a tough situation into moments of gratitude.....through song. As her body's need for sleep increased, I used the time to design and embroider the refrain of that song onto a pillow top as a reminder of that treasured time together. It will always be a powerful reminder of how important it is to embrace all the blessings God fills my life with, regardless of circumstance.
Our son Kris has always opened his eyes really wide, looked straight at Kip and laughed out loud when I've done this......"Ohhhh, who does Mom remind you of?" Now that MY Mom (his Nannybird) is in Heaven, I know times of impromptu singing will warm my heart. It was a big part of Mom's personality and it has become a growing part of my personality as the years pass by.
We are told that as we get older we tend to become more like our parents. Well Mom, when I grow up I want to be just like you!
"Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD....! (Psalm 150: 6)
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