Monday, April 23, 2018

Blessed Am I


My sweet mom is 91 years old today, and while she isn't feeling nearly as chipper as she did in this picture from last year, she is hanging in as best she can. Mom has her good days and bad days, but every day we are grateful for all the love and support she has given us through the years. Our mother has a generous heart, and we are the beneficiaries.

Below are the lyrics to Blessed Am I, written with my mother as inspiration. I thought it seemed just right to print them here today. The sheet music can be found on the website of Lindy Kerby, who took my heartfelt words and composed the loveliest melody imaginable. We were introduced to one another years ago by Janice Kapp Perry and have collaborated on several songs since that time. This one is generally sung for Mother's Day.

On this day, however, Blessed Am I is a happy birthday song for Grace Darlene Robbins, whose daughter I am grateful and proud to be. 

©1996 Lindy Kerby (music) Susan Noyes Anderson (lyrics)

I came to a world that was cold and unknown.
You reached out to hold me and made me your own;
and you made me strong, and you filled me with love
and whispered that I was a gift from above.

Blessed am I; my mother is you,
sharing His love in all that you do.
Each gentle smile is an answer to prayer.
Deep in my heart, you'll always be there;
deep in my heart, you'll be there.

Your love is the truth that I came here to learn.
You listened and counseled with love and concern;
and you understood me when other hearts failed,
when you were the reason my spirit prevailed.

Blessed am I; my mother is you,
sharing His love in all that you do.
Each gentle smile is an answer to prayer.
Deep in my heart, you'll always be there;
deep in my heart, you'll be there.

I thank you, dear Mother, for all that you are –
no softer a moonbeam, no brighter a star,
no stronger a mountain, more constant the sea –
No other could be such a mother to me.

Blessed am I; my mother is you,
sharing His love in all that you do.
Each gentle smile is an answer to prayer.
Deep in my heart, you'll always be there;
deep in my heart, you'll be there.

💗 Happy Birthday, Mom. 💗
You are loved,
dearly loved,
by all of us.
xox
=)

5 comments:

yaya said...

Sue, that is so beautiful and truly inspired by a your wonderful Mom. I always looked forward to her blog posts in the past and felt, across the miles, her love for those who followed her. Looking at 91 years of life it's easy to say: "Oh, what a nice long life"...but the thought always hits me that truly life is never long enough with those we love. My Mom will be 92 in May and we'll go visit her and celebrate those years. She too is not the same as even a few years ago. She knows that and it frustrates her! But like you we're grateful for her being with us. Happy Birthday Darlene and I do hope it's a joyous one filled with family and love. I love you! Take care Sue!

Amy Involuntary said...

Oh goodness, that is beautiful, Sue! I now need to go to the other website for the music. Your mother is beautiful and obviously such an amazing woman! Happy birthday to her!!

LeAnn said...

Oh, my dear friend, this poem is so lovely. I shed some tears reading it. Happy Birthday to your dear mother, Darlene. I enjoyed our time as blogging friends; she is a jewel. Enjoy your precious moments with her. May her last days be filled with lots of family and friend love.
I am excited to know that some of your beloved poems have become lyrics for music. Thanks for sharing the link to the site for the music.
Sending loving thoughts, prayers, and hugs your way for all of you and your sweet Mom!

Susan Anderson said...

Thanks, all! LeAnn, I also have music on.ldshappymusic.com and jackmanmusic.com websites.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What a beautiful song for a beautiful lady. I miss my sweet mom.

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