This is a LO I've been working on for months. The photos are of my Mom the day she had her first brain surgery last August. It was very scary for all of us, but especially for her. I kept telling her how brave she was being, and she kept responding that she wasn't brave at all. While she was in surgery that day, I started thinking about her life and and about bravery. The journaling was written then. She has continued to brave a second brain surgery, months of antibiotics and therapies of all kinds. These words mean so much to me now as I see her life in the perspective of being a Mom (and a grown woman) myself.
Thanks for the challenge to get this done for my Mom and for myself.
I have never really thought of you as brave, but as I look back you certainly have been. As a young bride you left the only home you had known to go with your new husband to live across the country. You headed to an island in the Pacific with your husband as a very pregnant, first-time mom and there had your first child, all without any other family help. You raised two small children alone while your husband fought in a war that many did not return from. You chose to live a life of instability: moving every few years, leaving good friends and making new ones again and again. You faced a teenaged daughter who yelled “I hate you!” and responded in quiet ways with “I love you.” You became a Pastor’s wife with all that entails in the middle of your life and chose to be yourself instead of what others would want you to be. You gave your children the freedom to live their lives in the way that God has led them, often far away from you.
You have, indeed, been very brave.
Today you faced a grave situation. Today you chose to let someone you did not know do something that you could not clearly fathom. You knew it would hurt. You knew there were risks. You knew it was scary. And yet today you chose to go ahead with it. Today you consented and submitted.
Today you claimed you weren’t brave at all.
But we know that bravery does not exclude fear: bravery supercedes fear.
Today you were
the BRAVEST woman
in the world.