Fake robbers

May 11, 2012 in Five Minute Friday

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It’s been so long and I have missed this discipline of wringing out thoughts and sharing with friends. More on the last two weeks later. Today’s prompt: identity. 
There are robbers of identity that don’t take credit card numbers. They take pride and appearance and mental sharpness. And while young mothers think the teenage years are when kids search for identity, I ‘ve watched the other end, where age and illness force grandmas to grab their identity tightly in clenched fists.  
Sweet. Endlessly patient. Indecisive. My mom is brave. The worst part of illness is the leisure at which it steals. Mom can’t stand before a crowd to greet the mourners who file by at grandma’s funeral without swaying. And, those face muscles, they don’t move to show the appreciation she feels for kind words. But she keeps moving, mingling with the familiar history and the I’ve-heard-about-you-many-times-friends. 
Illness and death are fake robbers. Their loot isn’t our identity. They act more like a sieve, removing the false places we use to measure our worth. We are children of God. And heirs of Christ. And no matter the circumstances, we are mothers and daughters. Always. 
I love you mom. Your bravery defies description. 

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

seamless May 11, 2012 at 11:08 am

So beautiful. Wow. Thank you. It’s so nice meeting you.


Kerri S May 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss, Laura! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!


Kim May 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Oh, Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. What a lovely testament you have written to your mom, and I would add that her heart is written all over you.
Blessings to you today.


Nikki May 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm

So moved by you sharing your heart with us, Laura. I can only imagine this reality…

“They act more like a sieve, removing the false places we use to measure our worth” — brilliant.

I have no words.
Hugs to you today, friend.


Beth Zimmerman May 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Aw … this is precious! I hadn’t visited here before so I’m not sure what illness your mom struggles with. Mine has Parkinsons and I am amazed at how she has learned to live peacefully with what would have frustrated her to no end when her children were young.

By the way … I LOVE your blog visually! So sweet and pretty!


Denise J. Hughes May 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

“Illness and death are fake robbers. Their loot isn’t our identity. They act more like a sieve, removing the false places we use to measure our worth.”

Oh, wow. This is powerful. To think of illness and death acting like a sieve, removing only that which the world measures our worth by. It makes me see death from an entirely different perspective. It truly has no power. Not ultimately anyway. Our true identity remains, in fact, it shines even brighter.



Michele {A Life Surrendered} May 12, 2012 at 2:35 am

I too, am sorry for your loss… I love the honor you give your mama, here.

Wow… just wow. Your words are so poignant and so deep. I echo Denise’s comment too.. illness and death has a way of sobering us and awakening our awareness to what really matters — eternally.

We are co-hiers with Christ, sister, journeying together..

With love to you,



Michele {A Life Surrendered} May 12, 2012 at 2:36 am

not hiers– heirs… but you know what I mean 🙂


Savvy Working Gal May 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

You are a beautiful writer; you said so much in five minutes. I love your blog too.
Stopping by from SITS.


Erin May 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

So sorry for your loss, Laura. I love the blog–so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your experiences & your faith.


Melissa May 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Love the 5 minute Friday idea! I can’t wait to explore your blog posts. (I found you via SITS Girls). I hope you have a great week!


Michelle May 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

This is a beautiful post. Extremely thoughtful. Stopping by from SITS and I’m glad I did.


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