2/24/2016

Enchanted Dreams


You may have guessed by my prolonged absence that my dear mum did not make the recovery we hoped for. She passed from this life to the next in our local hospital, never to return to her beloved flat and home.

My mum had a simple faith, one which she passed on to me. When I was little she would recite this prayer before tucking me up in bed for the night-

Lord, keep us safe this night,
Secure from all our fears;
May angels guard us while we sleep,
Till morning light appears.
Amen


This painting by Edward Hughes reminded me of my mum and the prayer she recited. We saw the painting in Birmingham whilst visiting an exhibition called "Enchanted Dreams".

And now, I am no longer the baby of the family, I am Mandma Val. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

I have much to be thankful for.


28 comments:

  1. What a beautiful painting and prayer which remind us that we live in hope of meeting again in heaven. That is a sad loss for you, my mom died young at age 54.

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    1. Terra, I am sorry to hear of your loss. 54- that is so young. My mum lived for 94 years, I am grateful to have had her for so long.

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  2. Dear Val, I am so very sory that your Mom has passed away and send my deepest condolences to you and your family.

    The prayer that you share is very similar to one that I was taught as a child, and that retains its meaning for me even now.

    I consider myself very fortunate to know you. xo

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    1. Thank you Frances, I consider myself fortunate to know you too. x

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  3. Oh lovely, Val - words and painting. Hugs to you, Lesley x

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  4. Sending much love and hoping that soon happy memories will soften your sadness.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I have indeed many happy memories. x

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  5. Sending love Valerie - we have to go when the time iss right. It has been our poetry day today and I read Larkin's The Arundel Tomb. Do you know it. The last line is so appropriate to you today - all that survives is love.

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    1. Thank you, I think I know the poem but I will read it again. I do believe that love does not die, I think we carry around those we love in our hearts.

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  6. Such a lovely post, so sorry for your loss.

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  7. So sorry to hear this Valerie x

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear of the sad loss of your mum. I love this painting, it's one of my favourites and I've always thought how it makes me think of a mother's love. I send love to you and your family. xx

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    1. Thank you Jess, it is a very beautiful painting isn't it?

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  9. Val...take comfort in all of your precious memories and the love only a mum and daughter can have. It's a bond that remains long after death. Her blood will always run in your veins and your footsteps will always be echoed by hers. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

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  10. So sorry to hear your news Valerie. A lovely tribute to your mum. It was a prayer of our childhood, one I said at school at the close of the day. Thinking of you.

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    1. Thanks Milly, yes I think I said that prayer at school too.

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  11. (((Hugs))) from far away across the world. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find strength and comfort in the days ahead.

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    1. Thank you for your visit Sarah and you kind words.

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  12. Oh, Valerie. ((HUGS)) I'm so sorry--I wish I could hug you in person. What a beautiful tribute to your dear Mum. I'm praying for your comfort, sweet lady. ((HUGS))

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  13. Very sorry to hear your news. My dear mother died a month ago. It is such a blessing to know that she is now safe and bathing in the radiance of her Saviour. Hjugs and prayers for you.

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    1. Thank you Myfanwy for your visit and words of comfort.

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  14. So sorry to hear about your Mom.

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