Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Word About the Spotlight

The term "spotlight" signifies something that is the focus of attention. Many times, when we think of the Spotlight, we think of performers. Stars. Glory.

In truth, some of the most amazing acts in this world go unnoticed. No fancy setting. No snazzy outfits. Often with much sweat and some tears.

This week will see the completion of nearly two decades of "un-spotlighted" service for one West Texas lady.

She has served for many years among a team of folks who work to better the lives of suffering, hurting children.

She has spent these years treading through oceans of tsunami size waves of paperwork and process.

Years of watching injustice and suffering...
Years of frustration and exhausting effort...

Years of doing all she could...

To make something right, in an upside down world.

So much of who I am and what I strive to accomplish is forever grounded in who she is and what she strives to accomplish. She has often wished a "lighter load" for me. And now, I long for a seaons of a "lighter load" for her.

I call her, Mom.

May, our Burden Bearer bless you, Mom, with His sweet rest as you begin this new season of life.

I am so proud of you.

He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me." Mark 9:36-37

9 comments:

beckyreeves said...

This is a beautiful post about your mom, Cheryl! Thank you for sharing about her sacrifice of love. God bless you guys!

Aunt Pat said...

Amen! Sherilyn is a beautiful person. Many children have better, safer lives today because of her ministry to them through CPS.

Procters said...

What a sweet and fitting tribute to Mom. You have such a wonderful way with words. Love you! Reese

Sherilyn said...

Thank you, Cheryl!! That just leaves me speechless. Your thoughts and words mean more to me than I can express. I love you!
Mom

Destiny said...

Well let me try this again... :)

I loved this blog post you dedicated to your mom. You always seem to know how to perfectly put into words a moment, a person, feelings, a season, a life...

Blessings to you, Momma Money, on your new chapter of retirement life! Have Fun and come visit us in Fort Portal!

Glenn said...

I am proud to know your Mom. She has not only given super service to the kids of West Texas, she did a great job with the "kids" at home. Way to go Sherilyn.

John, Kisti & Maren said...

What a precious post! You have such a way with words. I love stopping by your site and reading your musings. You seem to have been blessed with so many gifts--thanks for sharing with many you don't even know.

Kisti in CO

(I found your site through Kim H.)

KMiV said...

Wow, good post and very moving.

Anya said...

You are so right. There are such special people serving in quiet, unnoticed ways. You have a precious heritage in your Mum. And thanks for blogging - our family loves the insight it gives us into our wonderful world, and we are excited by all God is doing through families like yours. We appreciate your lovely blog.