Staying for Her Birthday.
I found her sitting in the kitchen eating soup in the dark on her 80-something birthday. “I called and no one answered so I thought I would just leave your birthday gifts for you… but here you are,” I chipped as I flipped on the lights and gave her a look over. A bit frazzled she replied she had just come home from the hair dressers. I could see in her eyes I didn’t need to worry…she looked good….in her eyes there was light and a touch of sass. Not like last year when she tried to fade away. So I set up the gifts and I explained what I had brought…
“Do you remember last summer when Ben would tell you that you are the righteousness of Christ….and every so often you would come up to him again and whisper for him to repeat it?”
“Oh yes I do!” I was happy and surprised to see she could reach back into those darker days and pull out those memories. Back then it seemed she was locked in a hallway surrounded by locked doors. She never remembered one week from the next…or who said what…or how things happened. But now…she had access to it all. All the doors open and she can remember who said what…who brought her food..who started showing up at the eleventh hour…who was there all along. The mind is an interesting place.
“Great…well I painted this for you..so you wouldn’t forget…. So the painting is from me and the verse is from Ben and the girls made you your favorite banana muffins.” She clasped her hands together and looked over everything.
“Sit sit” she said as she picked up the crumbs on her plate with her fingerprint.
So I did… I stayed. I stayed and she has stayed through it all. She is a hero… the darkness came last year to steal her away and she did everything in her power…and now here she is….celebrating her birthday.
Well I only have 5 minutest today…so here is more of the amazing back story…so sad… but now you know how it ends…so don’t worry!