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A Prayer for My Friend’s Mother – May 6, 2010

May 6, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

Please take a moment to pray with us. 

Father,

I have learned this week that the mother of one of the staff that I work with is losing her battle with cancer.  The cancer started in her lung but spread to her spinal column where it made its way quickly to her brain.  She is given six weeks to live.  My friend is devastated.  He has two young children who will be deprived of the special woman who has been their grandmother.  Tim told me that he sat with his mother the other night and told her all of the thoughts and feelings that were on his heart.  He told her how grateful he was for the lessons which his mother had taught him.  Her thinking has become somewhat distorted by her illness, but she listened to his words and squeezed his hand.  Love needs no words at times like these. 

I have a great fondness for Tim.  He is a tribute to his parents, especially his mother.  I told him that his mother’s teaching and nurturing of him has been her gift to the world.  She helped to raise a fine young man.  While she will soon be separated from Tim, she will live on through him, in the way that he raises his children, and in the way that he loves them. 

I pray that God welcomes Tim’s mother into His kingdom, that she is spared any suffering.  May He bless those Hospice workers who care for people with terminal illnesses.  May their presence be a comfort to Tim’s family. 

I shared with Tim a few passages from Proverbs that my family used as a as a reading at my mother’s funeral Mass.

Proverbs
Chapter 31

When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. 
She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. 
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come. 
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel. 
H
er children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols her: 
Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.” 
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 
Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her . . .

A Prayer for My Friend’s Mother

Mother God,
Father God,
Bless the special people in our lives
who care and nurture us,
For our mothers
and those women
who sometimes functioned as our mothers
Listening to us,
Supporting us,
Worrying over us,
Praying for us,
But, most importantly,
Loving us unconditionally.
May the arrival of this Mother’s Day,
Allow us to honor those women
who have mothered us.
Let us remember the mothers
who have departed this life,
Treasuring their memories
As instruments of love.
May we appreciate
Your feminine face
that enables us to cling to You
as a child to its mother.
Let us remember
Your all-encompassing love
Surrounding us with protection
And care,
Until we meet You
When You welcome us home
with arms wide open.
In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Peace,

Tom

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