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"Beside Still Waters" by Lynn  Abbott

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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

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L. Abbott is a freelance journalist and artist as well as a former English instructor. Her background is an international one; she has worked in both the United States and Great Britain. She recently joined the ranks of cancer survivors, and notes that her experience has given her an insatiable craving for life. Through her acrylic paintings, she seeks to encourage others on the journey.

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Comments

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Another dazzling work of art! Stunning color, wonderful mood! Your mom would love this!

  • Thank you with all my heart, Angie! That means the world to me! Warmly-

    – Lynn Abbott

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 2 years ago

    Ah, Lynn, my heart goes out to you….what a wonderful & loving tribute to what sounds like the greatest Mom there ever was. I can tell you loved her very deeply. What a reunion you will have one day. I can’t in my wildest imagine understand how it must’ve been like for you & your Mom having cancer back to back. Your painting is so very lovely….she would’ve been so very proud of the work you do today. Lots of love & warm hugs.

  • Thank you, Marsha! Your words touch my heart and soul more than you can ever know. It means everything to have a friend like you! Thank you for your kindness, compassion and continual support and encouragement! I’m so blessed to have a friend like you… and friends like you, make the grief easier to bear…I would be lost without such friends. You are so treasured. Love Always!! xo -

    – Lynn Abbott

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    What a wonderful tribute to your Mum , you have been through so much, my heart goes out to you

    all my love lynn xx

  • Thank you with all my heart, Lynn! It’s friends like you that make the journey easier! And I’m so grateful to have met you here!! Love you much!! xo-

    – Lynn Abbott

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    As always I recognized your signature of this fantastic posting in the feed right away dear Lynn Abbot. Congratulations with this fine example of lovely ART
    It shows the Masters touch!
    Art is never finished, only abandoned Leonardo da Vinci

    Have a Grand weekend Lynn
    Warmly ..John

  • And you, John, are one of my most favorite Red Bubble friends! Thank you so very much for your kind words! You are always extremely good to me! I hope you are well! And that your weekend is fantastic as well!

    Warmly-

    – Lynn Abbott

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    Lynn this is lovely work

  • Thank you so very much, Donna! Your encouragement is so valued! Warmly-

    – Lynn Abbott

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 2 years ago

    Great work and tribute to your mother, Lynn

  • Thank you with all my heart, Shulie! You are a wonderful Red Bubble friend and such an encouragement to me! Warmly-

    – Lynn Abbott

  • Denise Abé
    Denise Abéover 2 years ago

    gorgeous :) xxx

  • Thank you, Denise! You are extremely kind!! Warmly-

    – Lynn Abbott

  • LisaLorenz
    LisaLorenzover 2 years ago

    That was so beautiful Lynn! A beautiful painting in rememberance of your wonderful Mother! I love the colours in this one and the serenity! God Bless my friend xoxo

  • Thank you with my whole heart, Lisa! Your words of praise always mean so much because I’m a big fan of your work! Love ya! xo

    – Lynn Abbott

  • Lynda Earley
    Lynda Earleyabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful painting and so well named!

  • Thank you so very much, Lynda! It is truly an honor to meet you! I so look forward to visiting your page and admiring your work! Warmly-

    – Lynn Abbott

  • ejameson
    ejamesonabout 2 years ago

    Hello Lynn I can recognize all the soft warm paintings you are doing now without looking who painted them , you are going in the right direction . I also found this emotional work from the heart difficult to write about because my Wonderfull Mother died in my arms from a sudden heart attack about 30 years ago and it still hurts now when I think about it that day . This is a wonderful dedication to her Lynn . Errol.

  • Errol,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mum. I don’t think one ever gets over such a loss. Thank you for your kind words here. You know your encouragement means the world to me! Warmly-

    – Lynn Abbott

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