Mom

I see you … I hear you
You are just beyond my reach
It is maddening to be so close
And yet so far away

You have loved me
tenderly,
relentlessly,
fiercely
As only a mother can love

And yet it is not enough
Life pulls us apart
geographically
socially
experientially

Someone called it the generation gap
But it is more than that
It is the order of things
A man shall leave his father and mother

Life is a vapor …

Life giving love that gradually loses the life it gave.

It gives way to its eternal expression
The here-and-now to the then-and-there

And both of us watch this happening
Worried there must be something amiss

One day it will be my turn
Others will reach to embrace and find the same inability
to understand
to feel
to comprehend

We have this moment
Help us to find Your arms
big enough
strong enough
wide enough
safe enough
To embrace both of us
To know our love in Your Love
Intimate
Unfailing
Eternal

This is our Hope
That no parting shall be permanent
That Reunion will bring all we lacked
That we shall love as we never have
Forever
And ever
Amen

— KI

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