One Joy


One joy scatters a hundred griefs. - Chinese Proverb

My last post was written after a phone conversation with my Mom. She's been suffering with ever increasing and tremendous amounts of physical pain.  I could hear the pain in her voice, no matter how hard she tried to hide it.  And, after reading that quote, I couldn't help but wonder how my Mom could feel joy through that amount of jolting pain?

My Mom is a doer.  She rarely lets anything get her or keep her down.  But this pain... this pain is keeping her chained to her elevated bed.

Even through the pain I have seen my Mom find glimpses of joy while:
- reading her devotionals
- laughing at my silly jokes
- eating great Chinese food
- getting calls from her children
- seeing Doogie's playful bow and wagging tail
- news of her grandchildren's continuing successes
- watching an entire season of "24" with no commercials
- the delight of showing me what she clicked in the backyard of the home I grew up in (this image of my most favorite thing: rainbows!)

I want to thank you all for your responses to my last post.  I appreciate your comments so much and will be sharing them with my Mom as she was interested in what you would say.  I will be posting and visiting less often as I care for my Mom.  We would appreciate your prayers... so much.  Thank you!

17 comments

  1. Ijust said a prayer for your Mom and for you. tell her i love 24 and that we record it on our DVR and watch it the next day and fast foward through those commericals. but it would be a real joy to see all the episodes run together like a long movie.

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  2. Your mother's photograph of the rainbow is beautiful! I'm sorry that your mother is in pain. Best wishes to you and your mother as you care for her.

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  3. What a beautiful shot your sweet mama got of that rainbow. Ahhh, the promise!!! I will pray for your mama girl, she sounds like an amazing woman.

    God bless and have a super weekend!!!

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  4. I am sorry to hear that your mom is dealing with pain - that is tough. Your reflections and photos are warm and thoughtful!

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  5. I have no doubt your mother finds great joy in her photographer daughter! Wish her a happy mother's day from this blog friend. I'm praying for you guys!

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  6. How wonderful that your mom got a photo like this. I will write down both of your names on my blogger friend's prayer list. My mom is 83...I appreciate and thank God for each healthy day. Take care of yourself too.

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  7. That's a beautiful photo! My best wishes go out to both of you and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  8. This is a beautiful picture of God's promise to us. I am so very sorry about your mom, I recently went through the same thing, and know how hard it is. I will pray for both of you and will continue to check your blog; I will not forget you. Neither will God.

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  9. Hi Sweetie, thanks for sharing your wonderful mom with us. I'm sure sending down prayers to her beloved home. The fact she took this picture for you to put out her so we could enjoy her rainbow too says it all. Many thanks and may more of these beautys fill her days.

    I can almost imagine her home on the banks of PS. Hugs Dagmar

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  10. Rainbows are always full of such promise and hope!

    Warmest thoughts and wishes to you and your mom. It does truly seem that the more troubles we have, especially with health, it is the simplest joys that give us pleasure.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Catherine

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  11. Sending my best, healing thoughts to your Mom, SD.

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  12. Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts and prayers. I can't wait to share them with Mom when she wakes up this morning! Happy Sunday to you all!

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  13. It will take a little getting used to, not seeing you as often, but your mom is much more important. I'm certain you are a real joy to her.

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  14. Stacey - sorry to hear about your Mother's pain. We've been away for the weekend & I'm catching up on comments. The rainbow image is great! Rainbows are a reminder of a promise from God to us (Gen.9). You both will be in my prayers. God bless.

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  15. Such a beautiful photo. i will definitely be praying for your Mom and you too. As a caregiver you need a lot of love and hugs too.
    Sue

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  16. Well I'm arriving late as usual but praying for you and your mom.

    Love ya my friend!

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  17. I love your mom's photo here too! I love rainbows. They are reminders to those who see them that God is thinking of them.

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