Four years ago today, June 8, my mother died of ovarian cancer.
Just typing that brings tears.
It was a difficult journey—for both of us. After my father’s death in 1994, my mother lived with me and mine for 12 years. She was the kind of person who gave without expectation…gave everything she had and loved others completely.
Tragically, she was diagnosed with cancer just two weeks after I completed chemotherapy for Stage 3 breast cancer. Thus, you can well imagine the incredible emotion that sweeps over me today.
And so it seems appropriate to post my latest painting in my mom’s honor…to dedicate this piece to Mom and recall what is probably the most well-known of Biblical texts, Psalm 23.
Indeed, such a pairing is only natural. All who knew Mom, and even those who only met her during her illness, noted her remarkable light of love and compassion and the way she illuminated everyone and everything around her.
Mom truly exemplified grace, peace and unselfish concern for others even in the very last days and moments of her life. Yes, “goodness and love followed” Mom all the days of her life. I love and miss you, Mom!
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside still waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
In the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
All the days of my life, and
I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever." Psalm 23