Called into Action

These days whenever the phone rings, my heart skips a beat for fear the call will be about my mother.  When that isn’t the case, there is such a feeling of relief.  This week, however, the call I fear came, and I was 2000 miles away.  With the doctor advising that she be taken immediately to the emergency room, the daughters had to be called into action.   For them this is not easy because both have young children and can’t leave on the spur of the moment, but together they found a way to cover the bases until I could get there.

For one daughter, anything having to do with hospitals is hard, but she looked her fear in the eye, accompanied her grandmother to the hospital and stayed with her until she was settled in her room some ten hours later.

She held Mother’s hand, read  and sang to her, fed her and spoke to her with gentle voice.

She made a collage so that when Mother opened her eyes she could see her family.

She brought her grandmother a softie to hold on to hoping it would keep her  from scratching herself.

Being there may not have lessened the daughter’s fear of hospitals, but she met the challenge with grace and compassion.   So did her sister.

I hope Mother knows how lucky she is to have these two special granddaughters.  I know I am!

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13 thoughts on “Called into Action

  1. Aww, thanks for your sweet words, Mom. I have to confess I was super scared without you here that day. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a big girl! “Why me? Of all people!” But God gave me an extra dose of peace and courage. (Singing hymns to Grandma helped!) I’ll always remember that day as one when God showed up in a big way, but I sure am glad you’re here now! Love you…Lins

  2. Isn’t it wonderful when we see our children and grandchildren living their life for others- it is rare in today’s selfish world. We work with hospice patients as part of our ministry and it is so sad to see the way family will treat someone ill and dying-

    1. It’s so wonderful to see a caring family reacting in such a loving way. We are thinking about you.

  3. My thoughts are with you all. I hope today is a better day.

  4. Thank God for daughters, hope you are home now. Keep me posted on your Mom.

  5. All of you are in my prayers. What a beautiful picture of all the grandchildren and their moms.
    [John 14:27] Peace I leave with you ;my peace I give to you. I do not give peace as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

  6. I am glad to hear the girls are on board, not just for their grandmother, but for you as well. Please let me know if I can do anything at this end to make things easier for you.

  7. It is always so reassuring to see that there are still people with compassion in the generations that are growing up now.

    It sounds like she has learned love and kindness at her families knee.

    I hope things are better now for your loved ones.

  8. Marci Copeland June 25, 2011 — 2:28 pm

    Such a hard time for you. I know you are so proud of your girls. Your familiy is in my prayers.

  9. It’s amazing how we rise to a challenge we never knew we could face. I hope your mother is doing better. Best wishes.

    1. I am so grateful for all your kind words, warm wishes and prayers. They matter!

  10. It’s amazing what we can rise to when we’re forced to deal with difficult situations. Hospitals are not a fun place. I hope your mom is comfortable and aware of your daughter’s and family member’s TLC.

  11. Linda,
    Would like to know the current update on your mom. It is a family group effort that many of us have been through. Lots of love, Sandy G.

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