Perspective and Plants – It Is Well.

My new rose garden is in a full flush of bloom. The roses thrived from the start, but the warm days of summer, and a season of good rain and fertilizer, bumped up the amount of Autumnal blooms. Also a help was the waning of the pest attacks that decimated the foliage in early Spring. My Mother loved asking about the rose garden throughout the Spring and Summer months. She frequently called me in the early morning to chat a bit and often asked about the roses.

Mom is no longer with us. You might have noticed I have not posted for months. During that time my Mother struggled with injury and failing health, and she went to heaven in early September. When she passed into the presence of Jesus, a small bouquet of my roses lay upon the tray near her bed. My sister and I were with her at the end. It was peaceful, yet so hard; we were aware by her deteriorating condition there was no coming back from the strokes she suffered in the last three days of her life.

When we left her, we took the elevator up two floors to where my Father was also a patient. Yes, both of my parents were in the hospital at the same time. The nursing staff allowed Dad to be brought down in a wheelchair to visit with Mom, and he sang to her the old beloved hymn, ‘It Is Well.’ My Dad is recovering. I am grateful for that, and we hope with some Physical Therapy he will continue to improve.

The photograph above is how I remember her in appearance when I was a little girl. I am in the middle. I believe from my size this photo was taken in the early 60’s, and I would have been between four and five years old. She was beautiful until the end of her life.

The photo was taken on my back porch this summer on the Fourth of July. We had no idea at the time it would be the last Fourth we celebrated together? My Mom is on the left, my Mother-in-law on the right. They became good friends over the years.

In the early years of this century my mother fought breast cancer twice. God healed her and gave her twenty more years to live and spend with family. During that hard time of chemotherapy and radiation she was encouraged by Jeremiah 29:11. The verse is engraved on the cross I took from her desktop and placed amid the roses. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11

While I was packing up her devotional corner, near her chair, one of those faith-boosting divine mysteries occurred. The devotional she had been reading had a bookmark inside. It wasn’t at the date she would have stopped reading, instead it was on the date July 17th. I read the words, wanting to connect with the place she had marked, these words were at the top of the page. “It Is Well.” A devotion based on the the hymn my father sang to her. It is well! I know I will see her again one day.

 

14 thoughts on “Perspective and Plants – It Is Well.

  1. Ruth Young

    Such a beautiful tribute to your mom. I pray for you and your family as you walk through this sad but triumphant time of loss. the rose is lovely, a picture of your time in the last days of her life. Thank you for being transparent and sharing such a poignant, special moment of His love with us.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Thank you Anne. I haven’t been on WordPress for so long I had quite a struggle getting the post written in the editor. After I reread the post I realized the second paragraph, hopefully intact now, was missing. I hope it doesn’t disappear again.

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    2. Timelesslady

      I thank you so much for the comment also. It seems everything has been a struggle in the last few months. So many changes in so little time. I hope you are well. I will soon a bit more free time and be able to visit blogs once again.

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      1. I had a shock after getting cataracts removed. I saw better than I had since I was six years old, but it lasted only two or three days. Fluid leaked in the retina (macular degeneration) of one eye, causing everything to be blurred. Things are better now, but reading is often a struggle. I don’t read as many posts as I used to.

        I’m sorry to hear that everything has been so hard for you. Unfortunate events often come in clumps. I pray you will soon find the going easier.

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