Your Daughter, My Mother

After the church service and worship I am celebrating my mother, but early this morning I was a little melancholy as you will see:

Your Daughter My Mother

Dear Heavenly “Grand”-Father,

Many years ago; more than twenty-two,

You made Mom a place to live

When she went away

To live with You.

Would You go there today,

Right up to her house,

And give her, for me,

A nice new dress, a flowery skirt,

A pretty blouse?

Would You give her

Nice-looking sandals,

Some beautiful shoes?

Oh Grandpa, today I’m getting the blues….

Please tell her I miss her.

We are too far apart.

All the time and the distance,

She’s still in my heart.

Would You put a sparkling

Crown on her head?

Or just hold her hand?

Would You give her, today,

A big Daddy-hug?

The warmest kind as only You can?

And tell her that her prayers for me

Were answered by You,

And are being still,

To this very day.

Tell her I’m finally free.

I’m on Jesus’ path,

I’m following Your Way.

Maybe not all that she hoped and she prayed just yet,

But much closer, Grand-Daddy,

Much closer this day.

Today, she just seems much too far away….

So thank her for me.

It’s heavy to bear,

That it’s Mothers Day here and she’s way up there.

But tell her I will soon see her, perhaps!

Until then, maybe give her a dance.

Will you give her a flower?

Lord, give her a laugh.

Tell her that I can hardly wait.

I’ll see her at the garden gate –

The one on the west,

When I finally come.

Meantime, Grandpa, please give her my best.

Your best too, ’cause we love her.

And just because she’s Your daughter,

And because she’s my mom!


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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Ann Hoel
    May 08, 2011 @ 17:51:15

    This brought tears to my eyes, Len. We miss our moms in a special way when they leave too soon. Did your mother leave this earth too early? Or at least too early in your view? My mother passed at age 46. I was a young mother at the time. I can imagine how you long to see your mom, to tell her that her prayers for you were answered. How precious. Perhaps she already knows all about it. I look forward to a day of reunion. It will come. Blessings to you, Len…

    • gloryteller
      May 09, 2011 @ 08:42:28

      Ahhh, Carol Ann, it is nothing short of a miracle that my words could touch hearts in the way I intended and hoped for. Especially a poet of your high caliber.
      Yes, she departed too soon in my opinion, but God knew best. She was only 72. Full of life.
      Way too early for yours, I’m so sorry to hear it. We must take our lumps and just trust that he had their (and has our) best interest at heart. It is encouraging to know that our moms are with the One who knows all and sees all, and thus they may have insights beyond our narrow understanding. We’ll find out – I love family reunions!
      Blessings right back! Thank you for your encouraging visits and comments, C A!

    • Martha L Shaw
      May 09, 2011 @ 20:10:06

      You are so welcome and thank you for your kind and heartfelt words!

  2. Martha L Shaw
    May 08, 2011 @ 19:13:17

    Wow, this is beautiful and made me cry. I’m also feeling thankful that I can still give my Mom a hug for a little bit longer . . .

    • gloryteller
      May 09, 2011 @ 08:47:03

      Martha, I thank you! Yes, hug her tight and never let go! Thank you for visiting and commenting – so many don’t, but it means more than you know to a budding writer.
      May God bring intense joy to you and your mother!
      Len

  3. laura
    May 09, 2011 @ 10:10:16

    Such a bittersweet post, Len. But you make it so personal, so special. I love how you use the term “Grand Daddy” and “Grandpa”. He is all those names and more, no? I am thinking He delivered your message right on time, beloved son. Hugs to you, my friend.

    • gloryteller
      May 09, 2011 @ 11:43:58

      Yes, if He is Father then He is Poppa, Daddy, Grandad, Grandpa, Great Grandfather and so on. I was concerned that some people might be put off by those references, but if an accomplished writer and fellow believer such as yourself likes them, then I don’t have to wonder. I say praise Him by ALL His endearing names! As for my message, He is not called deliverer for nothing. Thanks for your comforting response to a very personal post. Hugs right back, Sister!

  4. journeytoepiphany
    May 09, 2011 @ 19:48:16

    This is beautiful. I just lost my father on Father’s Day this past year, and can sympathize with your feelings in this post. Isn’t it exciting that we have the hope to spend time with those we have loved? Thank you for sharing from your heart…

    • gloryteller
      May 10, 2011 @ 10:00:38

      Oh. Kimmie, I feel for you too. Yes He is our strength and our hope! They were and are and always will be loved, thanks to Jesus who makes our hope possible!
      You’re welcome and thank you for joining the conversation here, my special friend.
      Your bro in Him

  5. gloryteller
    May 04, 2012 @ 07:32:48

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