Family Friday: Mama’s Boy

Our stories are the same and different. There is the overlap of parents giving their lives in service to God. Father’s passed on. Mother’s loving their sons. And here we take a turn.

My mom, ten years younger than Henry’s yet it’s her memory that has failed and continues sliding into a place no one wants to follow. My mother-in-law, strong in mind but this once tall, regal woman now stooped with osteoporosis and making her seem frail. At her best she stood 5’10” all confidence and strength. A life possessed of faith and certainty in her God. In command of her wee ones as she was in command of the scripture she’d taken to heart.

Now, at 84, her body has shrunk and she is terribly stooped. She grips the walker to steady her balance and clear the way of obstacles. She is tentative in unfamiliar places. And she beams at the site of her first son.

They walk side by side, slowly. We stop at a pretty spot for me to take their picture and she loops her arm over his putting her hand on top of this son. The one who is so like her, learning the scripture at his mother’s knee and now teaching it with the same fervor. She smiles. Next to the son she only sees a few times a year.

We enjoy a morning out and get her back to the community she lives in time for her to put her bible in the compartment on the walker as she heads off to teach a weekly bible class. She has work to do. People to see and welcome and smile at. People to share God’s love with. She shares it through her smile everywhere she goes. This is where she seems to stand tall. Not physically, but this is her comfort zone. The path is clear as she continues to serve and share a faith that has sustained her through many trials.

She has taught her boys well.

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

0 thoughts on “Family Friday: Mama’s Boy

    1. Debby

      A different kind of beauty in this, montucky. Thank you for taking time to comment. I always enjoy seeing you here.

      Reply

    1. Debby

      A different kind of beauty in this, montucky. Thank you for taking time to comment. I always enjoy seeing you here.

      Reply

  1. katharinetrauger

    Oh, this made me have tears in my eyes. How beautiful!

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    1. Debby

      She is a wonderful woman of God. Henry is so much like her. Sunday, after chapel, our volunteer pianist who knows his mom told Henry how much he reminds her of his mom. It’s always a compliment. I’m so blessed to be part of their family.

      Reply

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