You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast…

– Grace and David Maul reading together

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
 Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:3-4
– Wake Forest based writer, Derek Maul

I want to preface this post by saying how important it is to me that I treat subjects with respect when I capture an image.

At the same time, the power of story and the impact of a photograph both require truth, and there is little truth left when we limit the story to sunshine and rainbows, platitudes, air-brushed skin tones or flattering angles.

This is why I always think seriously before publishing photographs of my parents. It is obvious to me that the evidence of aging equals beauty and character and wisdom and more. But at the same time it’s important that I support that truth with words.

So let me state, with absolute conviction, that David and Grace Maul are in every way beautiful, and that their journey into the nineties is one of grace and richness and unparalleled artistry.

The truth is also that life is not easy, and that taking care of people in the 90’s is at best a series of struggles, trade-offs, compromises, and carefully weighted decisions. What we want is not always what is best, and what is best is seldom what anyone is hoping for.

I am particularly pleased with these photographs because I believe they capture both the truth about beauty and the truth about how hard it all is.

Story about my mum:

I believe this story tells it all: When we arrived at dad’s assisted living the other day, a new resident was distressed and in tears – inconsolable. I took dad back to his room so we could visit quietly. But mum – who knew the new resident – stopped where she was, called her by name, took her hand, and encouraged her. Then my mum placed her hand on the woman’s head and audibly prayed for her. The entire room hushed, and there were tears in the eyes of the staff. It was a powerful moment.

Again, back to the scripture from Isaiah 26:3-4: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”

Can I get an “Amen”? – DEREK

7 thoughts on “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast…

  1. Diana Craig

    Thank you for this beautiful post! Your parents are a beautiful gift not only to you and Rebeka, but to all who come into their lives. I remember having lunch with your Mum and ladies from WFPC and how she enjoyed herself and participated in conversation. I was blessed by her grace and joy. Please give her and your Dad a hug from me. Thanks for your blog! Regards to my favorite pastor! Hugs and peace! Diana Craig

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  2. What a wonderful image of your mum’s love & caring for another person. Obviously you, Derek, inherited alot of her traits. God bless you & your family as you continue to share examples of kindness & love. Peace,

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  3. hugh trinitypcola.org

    Thank you for sharing this, Derek. What a poignant time your parents and you are sharing these days. And what blessings you have received observing your parents’ treatment of one another and those around them.

    My uncle and aunt are 100 and 101, respectively, celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary!
    He is my mother’s brother and Mom died at age 96. I call him and chat, chuckle, and count my blessings. Though their bodies are aged and infirmities confine them, Uncle Jimmy’s mind is clear as a bell and we love to reminisce and retell family stories we have told a thousand times, many of which both he and I have written down for posterity and shared with relatives.

    I cherish for you these years with your parents. The struggles are real and the care demanding, often tiring and frustrating, but the tender moments are precious and worth the struggles. May God bless you, Rebekah, and your parents.

    Hugh Hamilton

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  4. Peggy Stringham

    What a powerful witness! Your Mum is a good reminder to all of us, that as we live our own struggles, we can stop and lift others up in prayer. Thanks for sharing this intimate moment of faith in action!

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  5. Pat Snyder

    Derek, amen! Grace exemplifies the strength that comes with steadfast faith.

    You describe this season of caring for our parents in their 90s so well. It is a journey I now travel with my precious Mama.

    Praying for all of us,
    Pat

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  6. Eileen Wesley

    What a wonderful image of GOD’S LOVE! captured in your mums beautiful willingness to console and pray in a time of need. The LORD uses us, no matter the age, race nor gender, Bless her to answer the call. May GOD continue to BLESS both of them.

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