Unspeakable Joy

Christian artist Chris Tomlin does a version of “Joy to the World” that is awesome. In the song, he talks about “unspeakable joy.” I love his description of joy that he uses. My mom definitely exudes “unspeakable joy.” For me, “unspeakable joy” is seeing the look on someones face, their body language, etc without uttering a single word about how joyful or happy they are. (I hope that makes sense!)

My birthday was exactly one month ago today. Mom called me on Monday because the little community bus was coming to the closest big town which I live in on Tuesday. Mom wanted to come to Minot and celebrate my birthday with me. She tried all day to get a hold of the bus driver but she was not having any luck because it was Labor Day. She called me at about 5 pm and was like I dont think it is going to work out. I could tell in her voice that she was disappointed. But then a couple of hours later, she called and said they called me back. I can come. So I met her at Walmart. Then we went to Paradisos and celebrated my birthday. It was such a great day…unspeakable joy for Mom.

Last spring, my friend CT and I went to Mom’s town where we meet with other youth/home and family colleagues once a month. It was a windy day and we had left early. As we pulled into town, CT asked if I wanted to stop in and see my Mom. I told her we didnt have to. But CT said, “I know we don’t have, but I want to meet your Mom.” So we did just that. I led the way into the assisted living/nursing home that Mom lives at.  Once through the doors, I turned to the left and led CT to Mom’s room. Mom’s face lit up the moment we walked through the door. Mom grabbed me and embraced me in a big hug. Then she turned to my friend and embraced her too. CT and I talk about what it was like for her to see the look on Mom’s face that day. CT says that she saw “joy…pure joy” that day! Again…….unspeakable joy for Mom.

One of my favorite memories from this summer was my sister and I getting to spend a day at the ND State Fair with Mom. There was a little bit of miscommunication and it took a little bit of time before we caught up…but we did. Mom used a wheelchair that day because it was so much walking. My sister and I took turns pushing the wheelchair. We watched racing pigs, ate too much fair food, and had lots of laughs. My fave memory from that day is when we decided to have a caricature done of the three of us. The guy was so good with Mom and us. The caricature is now hanging in Mom’s room at the nursing home. Again….”unspeakable joy!”

These are just a few snippets of the “unspeakable joy” Mom has shown me in my life. I know that she isn’t always feeling like this because I have seen her at her lowest lows. But I love that she is so joyful over the simple things in life. I hope and pray that we all can be more joyful over the simple things in life…and not take our blessings for granted.

And just for a little fun, here is a link to a video of Chris Tomlin’s “Joy to the World” (Oh and excuse me for posting a Christmas video in October!)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM_bCtc1hhs

3 thoughts on “Unspeakable Joy

  1. This is such an excellent reminder to celebrate all the little joys in life. Your mom sounds like someone I would really enjoy meeting. 🙂 I am so very glad you are able to see and remember all her moments of unspeakable joy and that they aren't completely obliterated by the lowest low moments. Thank you for sharing your story and for your prayers for me.

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