The Watcher



         2 Corinthians 5

“Absent from the body, present with the Lord”


The Watcher

She always leaned to watch for us,

Anxious if we were late,

In winter by the window,

In summer by the gate;

And though we mocked her tenderly,

Who had such foolish care,

The long way home would seem more safe

Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us,

She never could forget!

And so I think that where she is

She must be watching yet,

Waiting till we come home to her,

Anxious if we are late–

Watching from Heaven’s window,

Leaning from Heaven’s gate.

Margaret Widdemer

Leaves of Gold


In loving memory of my sweet Mother, Mae Walton West

December 24, 1931 – July 1, 2013


About texpatfaith

I'm a returned Christian expat living in Texas after several years residing in the Middle East and the South Pacific. I have the great privilege of writing about my experiences through the eyes of my faith, and to know and love my brothers and sisters serving in Christ's name all over the world. I have a special heart for the missionary community whom I now serve through the Missionary Care Team at my church. I am a writer, researcher, teacher, and archaeology enthusiast who also loves peering into the heavens any chance I get - but most importantly I am a wife, mother and grandmother who loves the Lord. "The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman." Elisabeth Elliott Shirley Ralston (MA Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary)
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2 Responses to The Watcher

  1. Shirley: What a beautiful and fitting poem. So sorry that you lost your mom, but as you say, I know she’s watching you. Lots of love and prayers at this time. Jeannie

  2. Janyce Dudney says:

    A lovely sentiment for a beautiful mother from a loving daughter… God bless you.

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