A Mother’s Love for Her Son…Against All Odds.
She had a hard luck life from her first breath outside the womb. Her father and mother abused her emotionally and physically in different ways, from her childhood into her teens, until the police arrested them. Her parents were found guilty of separate crimes, with different jail terms. She would never see them again.
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Social Services placed her in the first of several foster homes, from childhood to adulthood.The only difference in foster parent abuse from her biological parents was a matter of degree. The predictable theft and drug abuse resulted in her criminal record.
A child out of wedlock increased her burden. Of course, the father was a bum, who disappeared without providing any support, of any kind. Part-time, commission only jobs ended when the background checks were completed. The sun never came up tomorrow. She survived with a variety of roommates, churning the continuous stream of part-time jobs, and her relentless focus on her son.
Then, her last pair of foster parents provided the nurturing support and guidance, absent her entire life. Their stability encouraged her to enroll in an online college. Their love encouraged her to enroll in counselor courses that would help troubled youth. Her foster parents adopted her. Their influence helped expunge her criminal record, which resulted in her full-time employment, with full benefits.
The young woman also worked as a cleaning lady on Saturdays. My friend was one of her clients. He knew her whole story, but trusted her to clean his home. His trust was priceless, and she never betrayed him.
During a recent Saturday cleaning, she told my friend that a banker told her that she could qualify to buy a home, next year. Her own home, for her son. She never looked more radiant. Her smile, never wider. In the same breath, she told him that her doctor found a malignant tumor in her breast. She had cancer. It could be surgically removed, and subsequently treated with chemo & radiation, resulting in full recovery.
She told my friend that she would have it cut off, if that would insure her ability to raise her son. She would sacrifice anything for her son. My friend was awestruck. When she finally escaped the horror of her childhood, when she finally had a future filled with hope & love, she is told that she has breast cancer.
Rather than react with anger and bitterness, she embraced the news with confidence and would do whatever was necessary, to provide a future for her son. My friend never witnessed such genuine unselfish love in anyone, ever. There was never a hint of fear or remorse of the immense pain that she would endure. There was only hope and confidence that she and her son had a bright future.
The word confidence comes from 2 Latin words: “Cum Fide” – with faith. She has immense faith in God. Faith in the Majestic Creator’s power & wisdom. Faith in the Loving Redeemer’s mercy & forgiveness. Faith in the Holy Spirit’s gift of grace – peace & joy. Her trust that God is sovereign over all things permeates her soul.
Whatever happens to her physically, medically, financially, emotionally, personally, One thing is certain: The world could use a dose of her faith in God, which translates into her unconditional, unselfish love for her son. (“Love one another, as I, Christ, have loved you.”)
There’s no doubt that the sun will come out tomorrow for the woman in the above blog post. Regardless.