Mother’s Day was almost a month ago now. I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of the day. I’m not a huge fan of holidays like this in general. We did go to lunch with my mom and my kids, but we decided next year we’ll go Saturday instead of Sunday because it’s too much of a mess–crowds, expensive food, noise.
It may be cliche to say, but as the fourth commandment says, we are to honor our father and mother. This is every day, though of course we all fall short. But as a mother and as a daughter, I have learned much from my family and I want to share a couple of these learnings from my mother here. I’ll share some of what I have learned from my children in another post.
My mom has Alzheimer’s. (Alzheimer’s disease is among the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.) http://www.alzfdn.org/
I know many of you have parents or a spouse who has suffered from this awful, terrible, horrible, no-good disease. My mom, overall, is still doing pretty well. And, to be honest, she is pretty funny sometimes and fortunately for us, she has a pretty pleasant personality to this point. My mom is one of my biggest supporters as I begin this new ministry.
We say Tapestry is “Worship con sabor latino.” A large part of our service is in English, but the majority of our music is in Spanish. My mom tells everyone that she used to speak Spanish but that she has forgotten it. Well, she hasn’t but the fact that she’s making the effort to participate, even in a language she doesn’t know is wonderful! She also really enjoys the music and our musicians. (Click here for: A taste of our music from the Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly )
So, I asked her if she enjoyed Tapestry and the music. She said she enjoys Tapestry a lot and she added, “It’s a lot of work that you’re doing, but you just have to do what you can and then it’s up to God.” So much joy and wisdom from my mom.
Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, and I know we are not to the worst of it yet. And yet I give thanks to God for a mother who is so joyful and insightful!