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Trusting - A Birthday Prayer/Poem at Ninety Years Old

I depart from my usual hubs and give space to a prayer/poem written by my mother who just turned 90.

I planned to write her a tribute but somehow that never materialized for one reason or another. Anyway, we celebrated her birthday in a big way because it is really worth celebrating.

She assumed the roles of both dad and mom for all of us 5 kids since our dad passed away more than 30 years ago. She has kept our family together through thick and thin through all these years. Her grit, determination, faith and love have always been our inspiration.

My mom always loved to write but this love for writing has taken a back seat from all the other things she has to attend to as sole parent. She has recently taken up this love again and what I share here is a prayer/poem she wrote just a few days before her 90th birthday.

My mom and daughter

My mom and daughter

"open my eyes to the beauty of the tiniest flower"

"open my eyes to the beauty of the tiniest flower"

"free me from the uncertainties of tomorrow"

"free me from the uncertainties of tomorrow"

"bathe me with the water of redemption"

"bathe me with the water of redemption"

My Mom's Prayer/Poem

TRUSTING

Lord, teach me the song of Eternity

So I may sing it every day

Lead me to accept the joy and pain

Which our earthly lives bring.


Open my eyes to the beauty of the tiniest flower

Let my clogged ears hear the message clear

Grasp me with your strong hand

Lest I stumble where I stand.


Help me to gather and burn the thorns on the way

So those who follow me

May escape the pain they bring

To whoever steps on the sting.


Free me from the uncertainties of tomorrow

That I may be spared from much sorrow

Help me to live a life of service

Until the hour of my withered flesh.


Bathe me with the water of redemption

With open arms and great affection

Clasp me to your forgiving bosom

Where I shall share, Lord, the glory of your Resurrection.

- Maria S. Placer



After my mom wrote this prayer/poem, she came up with another one which according to her came as an answer to this present one.

I will share this answer prayer/poem in a future hub.

My mom does not use the computer. She has an aversion for all the "techie" things we use today. So I am serving as her conduit to the world wide web.


Comments

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on December 24, 2011:

Hello Wyn,

Just show this poem to your mom!

God bless!

wyn williams on December 14, 2011:

please can someone gmail me a poem for my ninety year old mother. it would be mostly appreciated. gmail address

wynrhyd@gmail.com

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on November 14, 2011:

Hello Beth,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a heartwarming comment. Are you Filipino by any chance? Your name sounds Filipino.

I'm so happy that you shared my mom's poem with your dad. I am truly honored. I hope he enjoyed it.

You can be sure I will take care of my mom. She is really precious. Thank you very much.

Take care of your dad too!

God bless!

Beth Fonacier, from Vancouver on November 12, 2011:

This is a lovely poem. I shared it with my Dad who's celebrating his 87th birthday today. Your Mom reminds me of my own Dad and my mother-in-law who went to heaven 4 years ago. Do take good care of your Mom. She is truly special.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on April 10, 2011:

Hi Blondey,

That's nice to know. I'm sure my mom will be so happy to read your comment.

Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment!

God bless!

Blondey Hubpages on April 06, 2011:

i LOVE IT, so glad i found you

beautiful

your mom writes beautifully

and blessedly.

Tell her I wish her many more blessings

and Thankyou.

You make my night!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on November 14, 2010:

Hello Fossillady,

Nice to see you!

I just came from your hub about your husband and I understand how you feel. I am happy if my mom's poem touches you in a special way. I will tell her about your comment.

Thank you very much!

God bless!

Kathi from Saugatuck Michigan on November 14, 2010:

Trusting in God and listening to his message has a special meaning to me right now. I lost my dear husband one year ago and find myself deeply in the mode of soul searching these days. Your mother's poem has a strong message for me personally, Thank you for sharing it and God bless you both.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on October 07, 2010:

Hello Micky,

Thank you very much for visiting and leaving an upbeat comment. I will also go over to your site after I post this.

God bless!

Micky Dee on October 07, 2010:

Yes Ma'am. This was wonderful! This is the first hub of yours I have visited. I will immediately follow you! Thank you!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 27, 2010:

Thank you very much louisxfourie! I'm sure my mom will be so happy to read your comment.

God bless you too!

Louis Fourie from Johannesburg, South Africa on September 27, 2010:

Jill of alltrades, What a lovely poem! Your mom is talented, and one can see she loves Yeshua. May the Lord bless her and you for writing her poem.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 23, 2010:

Hello DeBorrah,

I always enjoy your visits because you say the nicest things. You always inspire me and make me happy.

In behalf of my mom, thank you very much.

Yes, I am really thankful that my mom is still around and that she can still write lovely poems. I am truly blessed to have her.

You are most welcome. It is really my pleasure to share my mom's work.

God bless you my friend!

DeBorrah K Ogans on September 23, 2010:

Jill of alltrades, What a Marveous, heartfelt, lovely poem! And by your MOM!! The Lord has graced her with much wisdom and favor. To be ninety and have such a sharp inspiring mind is truly a gift! No wonder you are such a talented photographer and take such breathtaking photos.. . As the say “the apple does not fall far from the tree." Continue to cherish her while you are together on this side of Heaven. So glad you were able to Celebrate her 90th birthday in a big way! Her FAITH in GOD is edyfying!

God Bless! As always it is a pleasure. Thank you for sharing her very inspiring, delightful and encouraging poem. In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 21, 2010:

Hello Wife Who Saves,

I thank you in behalf of my mom!

Thanks too for the visit. Hope to see you around!

God bless!

Wife Who Saves on September 20, 2010:

Such a lovely poem. Your mom is talented, and dedicated to service. May the Lord bless her.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 03, 2010:

Hello sligobay,

Thank you very much for your heartwarming comment. I'm am sure we all pray for that - that we be spared from the deterioration of Alzheimers. I have a hub about memory and Alzheimers, please check it out.

I am happy if my mom's poem "struck a respondent chord" in you. That is really great!

Thanks very much for dropping by!

God bless!

sligobay from east of the equator on September 03, 2010:

Hi Jill oat: I am in awe of Maria's clarity of mind and pray that my mind may be spared the deterioration of alzeimers that was my Dad's fate."Free me from the uncertainties of tomorrow"

struck a respondent chord in my fearful spirit. Thank you both.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 03, 2010:

Hello heart,

Thank you very much! I'm sure my mom will be so happy to read your comment. Of course I am very happy and lucky too!

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 03, 2010:

Hello Saddlerider,

That's my daughter and my mom in the picture. Thank you very much in their behalf.

Thank you too for your beautiful comment. I love what you said about the smallest things becoming more meaningful and exposing our hearts to the world. How true!

Thanks again for dropping by.

God bless!

heart4theword from hub on September 02, 2010:

This is beautiful, as others expressed:) What a nice heritage, your Mother is leaving you! Thanks so much for sharing! Loved the pictures as well:)

saddlerider1 on September 02, 2010:

What a wonderful share from your mother who looks so lovely at her age, that picture you posted of the two of you is great. As we age we get closer to our maker and words are often given to us to share with others, the smallest things become so much more meaningful and the need to shed our skins and expose our hearts to the world and leave footprints behind that others may follow. Peace

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 02, 2010:

Hello Peggy,

It's so nice to see you.

It seems we lost both our dads at about the same time. I'm sure he is now happy looking at the wonderful feedback my mom's poem/prayer is getting.

Thank you very much for sharing your story. I do try to visit my mom as often as possible. I will give her the extra hug you sent.

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment and the up rating.

God bless!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2010:

My Dad died 30 years ago and my Mother just joined him, my brothers and so many others in heaven this year. Like your Mom, my Mother was not computer saavy but enjoyed my writing about our trips together and other family stories.

The fact that you still have your beautiful Mom and can share her beautiful spirit and poetry with us combined with your gorgeous photos must make her proud. Enjoy every sweet moment together and wish her a belated happy birthday and give her an extra hug the next time you see her in person.

Rating this beautiful! It truly is in so many ways!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 02, 2010:

Hello Paper Thin Poems,

The poem is my mother's, can I still submit it to your poetry blog?

Thanks for stopping by.

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 02, 2010:

Hello Judi,

Thanks very much for your lovely comment.

Your mom is 98? Wow, that is truly a blessing! You are right about that - that every year our parents are still with us -is a joy. What a beautiful thought!

I will hug my mom for you. Thank you very much!

God bless!

Paper Thin Poems on September 01, 2010:

Join this poetry blog and submit your work for free. http://paperthinpoems.blogspot.com/

Judicastro from birmingham, Alabama on September 01, 2010:

Jill I loved reading your mothers words. What a wonderful heart. My mom will be 98 this year and every year it's counted as joy to have her still with us on this side of heaven. Though there are more waiting for her there than there are here. Daddy being one of them who went on to help prepare the home God is building for them both. Dad who was a contractor has been a resident of heaven now for 40 years. Hug your mama for me Jill. Bless you both.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on September 01, 2010:

Thank you very much seraphim!

I will tell my mom about what you said of her work.

See you around!

God bless!

seraphim11 on August 31, 2010:

What beautiful words your mother writes, my friend.. She is truly a wonderful soul.. I love this :)

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hi Mikie,

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. You really honor us and I thank you very much!

Hope to see you around!

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hello Bro Dave,

Wow, what a beautiful thing to say! I'm sure her heart will sing with thanksgiving when she reads your comment. Thank you very much in behalf of my mother!

God bless you brother!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hi Green Lotus,

It's so nice to see you!

My mom will be tickled pink with your your beautiful comment! I'm sure she is already so eager to read all your comments. I told her on the phone about them. However, as I said above, she will just have to wait for Saturday when my nephew comes home with his laptop. Right now they do not have an internet connection at her place.

Yes, she does ride the motorbike but only as passenger, not as driver. She was just simply game when we asked her to pose with the bike. She even has one photo complete with helmet and dark glasses. Hahaha!

Thanks very much GL for your visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hi Sally,

Thank you very much. You have made me so happy and proud that I have a mom like her. If her words can touch other people then I'm sure she will be very grateful. I just wish I can show her your comments already. However, they do not have an internet connection at her home right now. She will only get to read this when my nephew comes home for the weekend from school and bring his laptop with him.

God bless you Sally!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hello Nellieanna,

What a beautiful thing to say! I thank you in behalf of my mother. She will be so happy to know that those words come from a lovely artist like you!

Thank you very much for the vote up and praises. I am so happy and humbled.

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hi Sam,

Thank you very much for your beautiful message. I always do tell mom that.

You are right, "moms are special people God brings into our lives..."

God bless!

mikielikie from Texas on August 30, 2010:

Hey lady. What a wonderful gift your mother has. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This is a beautiful poem. can't wait to read more from both of you.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on August 30, 2010:

Jill: I love your mother's prayer/poem it is very touching and moves my heart to sing. I also love the pics you put with the prayer, for they show your mother's love and appreciation for life.

God bless your mother, and the rest of your family.

Thank you.

Brother Dave.

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on August 30, 2010:

Jill, your mom's poetry is as beautiful and moving as your photos. I love the Mother/daughter photo. Two gorgeous babes! I assume Mom really rides that bike...wow. I bet she is also proud and honored that you have published this lovely tribute. I look forward to reading the next.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 30, 2010:

What inspirational words from a woman so beautiful in body and spirit. Thank you so much for sharing, so that your mother's thoughts can touch hearts the world around.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 30, 2010:

Please give your beautiful mother my accolades! Her poem is lovely and expresses what surely has kept her young both in spirit and in beauty as well! Thanks for sharing this! Voting up and all the best praises.

Sam from Tennessee on August 30, 2010:

voted up & beautiful! What a wonderful tribute to a living legend. Tell your mom how much you appreciate her sacrifices and inspiration at every opportunity. Moms are special people God brings into our lives...

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hi Shalini,

Thank you very much for your beautiful words. My mom will surely love what you said. I'm thanking you in her behalf.

God bless you my friend!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hello Phebe my friend,

Thank you very much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment. I will tell my mom about what you said. I'm sure she will be tickled pink to know that you want to share her prayer with your friends.

My whole family just got back from celebrating with my mom her birthday. I now live far from her unfortunately, but we always visit at least once a year. I will ask my sister to read to her your beautiful comment.

Thank you very much!

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hello Mike,

Yes, my mom is still very much mentally alert at 90. I wonder if I will ever reach her age with the same alertness. Your parents are amazing too!

Thank you very much for your beautiful comment. I will tell her about it through my sister who is staying with her. I now live far from her but my whole family was with her during her birthday last week.

In behalf of my mom, thank you very much!

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hi Teng,

It's so nice of you to drop by!

In behalf of my mom, thank you very much. I'm sure she will love your wonderful words.

God bless you friend!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hello Coffeesnob,

I'm sure my mother will be very happy to read your beautiful and inspiring comment. Unfortunately I am back in the city now so cannot read to her directly. Anyway, I will ask my sister to read to her.

Thank you very much dear friend!

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hi Christoph,

What a beautiful thing to say! I am now back in the city. My mom lives in the province so I cannot tell her directly your beautiful words. I will ask my sister to read to her your comment.

Thank you very much in behalf of my mom!

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on August 30, 2010:

Hi Anglnwu,

Thanks very much for being the first to visit. What a wonderful opening salvo! I am now back from the province so I will ask my sister to read to our mom your beautiful comment.

I am saying thank you for my mom.

God bless you my friend!

Shalini Kagal from India on August 30, 2010:

Jill - that is incredibly beautiful! Warm wishes to her - and may she always sing her song of eternity!

Phebe on August 29, 2010:

My dear friend,

Just as I have opened my computer, still morning here in Athens, I felt like being blessed by this prayer...

I love this prayer and will share it with some other friends...Hugs across the miles

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on August 29, 2010:

This was a wonderful poem, and I am impressed at the mental agility of your 90 year old mother. The elderly see things with such clarity and realize what is important. I spent time with my parents today (my father is 91, my mother is 81) and it is always amazing to me how well they are doing.

Thanks for sharing a wonderful poem, and happy birthday to your Mom!

Mike

tengds on August 29, 2010:

The entire prayer/poem is so inspiring. The last stanza, in particular, is so touching and filled me with such peace and contentment. A brilliant piece! Love your Mom!

coffeesnob on August 29, 2010:

Jill,

Oh this was beautiful..I already love your mother. she is so beautiful and her heart is exquisite. I loved this. Simply sharing the poem is a tribute to her - it tells a lot about her heart and I thank you for sharing

God bless and give your mom a hug for me

CS

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on August 29, 2010:

Jill, that is so beautiful and sweet. Thank you for sharing it, and please thank your mother for her wonderful, heartwarming words. May every flower smile at her!

anglnwu on August 29, 2010:

How sweet and beautiful. I love the essence of the whole poem, so delicately presented. I especially love the line "open my eyes to the beauty of the tiniest flower." Flowers always stop me and I would stoop to see the tiniest flower. Say thank you to your mom and what a blessing she is to you and your family.Rated awesome and beautiful.