I’m excited to share today’s post, the first place winner of The 45th Parallel Contest 2016. Glory! is by phenomenal photographer and writer Lynette Roth.
Lynette took first place in last year’s contest, too. Congratulations, Lynette! Way to go!
My mother asked me, worriedly, “What do I have to do today?”
I told her she did not have to do anything; we were having a quiet day at home. Three minutes later, she asked me the same question. Two minutes later, she asked it again.
My very industrious mother has dementia, and she struggles with the tasks of living. For 80 years, she ran a household of five daughters, her husband, and then multiple grandchildren and sons-in-law. She sewed and mended our clothes, canned hundreds of jars of tomatoes and green beans, created beautiful quilts, and taught neighborhood Bible studies and kids’ clubs. Now she struggles to dress herself. Is there any glory in this?
I took this picture in Colorado on a fall hike through the aspen. During the industrious summer months, these aspen leaves are green, busily providing food for the tree and shelter for the forest. Now, in the fall of the year, the cold weather has ended their productivity. All they can do is let their previously hidden colors show. And such beauty it is! “Colorado gold,” the tourism brochures call it, and thousands of people flock to the mountains to stare in awe. Glory!
The Creator, who designed the aspen to be beautifully glorious in the fall, after their productive months are over, also designed my mother’s life. Is it possible that my mother is displaying the Creator’s glory, but I am missing it because I value her productive years more than the “fall” of her life?
After my mother asked me, for the third time, what she had to do, I put my arms around her. We relaxed into each other’s love.
My mother finally said, “I guess the only thing I have to do today is love you.”
Yes, Mom, that is enough. That is all I want or need. Glory!
Lord, give me eyes to see your Glory during this season in my mother’s life. And give me grace to let my true self display your Glory in every season of my life, even at the end.
Lynette lives in Colorado, where a good day is any day spent on a mountain trail, camera in hand, and a good night is any night spent in a tent. On other days, she works as a technology business analyst and takes care of her land ladies, two elderly cats.