Madelyn Dunham – In Memoriam: There Is A Balm In Gilead


Madeline Dunham 1922 - 2008

Madelyn Dunham 1922-2008

Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, During World War II

Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, During World War II

To Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham,
The woman  Barack Obama lovingly knew as Toot
The Madelyn who followed her daughter off the beaten path
And trod the road less traveled
May your soul rest in peace

Your life was full of curve-balls and Yogi’s forks in the road.
You handled them with quiet dignity
And in the process bequeathed a part of yourself,
To the man the world now knows as Barack Obama.
May your soul rest in peace. (Selah)

obama-grandmaStanley & Madelyn Dunham w/Barack Obama during his High School days in Hawaii: The subtle profundities of body English on full display.

“There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin sick soul.”

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/04/america/obama.php

The Hawaiian shoreline that received Madelyn Dunhams ashes the day before Christmas.

The Hawaiian shoreline that received Madelyn Dunhams ashes the day before Christmas.

The point at which Arthur Koestler’s river becomes one with the ocean, the ocean of  “cosmic consciousness” ….  The river, he writes, “has been freed of the mud-that clung to it, and regained its transparency. It has become identified with the sea, spread over it, omnipresent, every drop catching a spark of the sun. The curtain has not fallen; it has been raised.” (Arthur Koestler – Patricia Blake, “Rootless Cosmopolitan of the Age” , Time Magazine, March 14, 1983.)

"Nine to the Universe" - Barack Obama and family consecrating the ashes of his grandmother at the same spot he scattered the ashes of his mother a decade earlier.

Barack Obama consecrating the ashes of his grandmother at the same spot he did his mother's a decade earlier. Photo: Splash News

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/t/i/tisabalm.htm

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