Cherry Winkle Moore, MFA, MDiv
Minister of Fine Arts
Making Divine Images Visible
Cherry Winkle Moore is a visual artist and a hospice chaplain. Cherry has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting, drawing and printmaking from the University of Alabama. Later she completed a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in pastoral care. Cherry sometimes says that in her case the MFA stands for Minister of Fine Arts and the MDiv stands for Making Divine Images Visible.
Cherry has a son, Judson, who is a Citizen of the World. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Kyrgyzstan) and has traveled widely. You can read about his adventures at judsonlmoore.com. Her other son, Lew, lives in Heaven.
Cherry was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2000 by Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana and is endorsed as a hospice chaplain by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Although Cherry is employed by Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas the views expressed here are her own and not those of the agency or of any agency or of any person or organization affiliated or doing business with the agency.
I wrote a poem about Lew called “His Gifts” that included the line “all of these gifts I would gladly exchange for a whole son.” Then I had to think about what in the world THAT meant. He filled my life in so many ways. He had challenges and maybe even “deficits” but so often he was a joy to me.
This poem is my answer to that question. He was whole in his unique way.read more
The decision for our son to have a feeding tube placed was not an easy one. We put it off as long as possible until Lew let us know the right time had come.
For a nonverbal child, Lew managed to communicate this very clearly.
I recently met a parent struggling with this same decision so I decided to write this part of Lew’s story. This is for you, Diana…and any other parent facing this decision.read more
Many staff members at the Home of the Innocents in Louisville, Kentucky were special friends to us and to Lew. Debbie, Patty, Dawn. So many others. Physical Therapists. Volunteers. Administrators. But Sheila stood out. It was love at first sight. How could I ever thank Sheila enough?
When Lew died, Sheila told me she was never going to allow herself to get so attached to a patient again. It was too painful. But, Sheila, I hope that is not what happened. You were such a blessing to Lew and to his family. Thank you, dear one.read more
A friend made me promise I would publish this letter someday. I was too cowardly to publish it sooner. I was afraid I would hurt someone’s feelings. Maybe this can be helpful to some other parent of a child who has disabilities – or to the friend of a parent.
Maude, here it is at last.read more
I read a Reader’s Digest article by Henri Nouwen about his relationship with Adam, a man for whom he was a caregiver. Henri said Adam gave “peace” to his life. I threw the magazine across the room! I would not say Lew brought me “peace.” So then I started thinking how I would answer the question: What did Lew bring to my life? Maybe Henri and I were trying to say the same thing and were using different words. Here’s my answer.read more
Today in 2009 I found this poem prompt that I filled in six years ago, in 2003. The prompt had the first few words of every sentence. Many of the things I “wanted” I now have and YOU are part of it!read more
This quote is one of the most helpful things I have read anywhere in helping me to deal with the disabilities and death of my son, Lew. My thanks to John B. Cobb, Jr.read more
This poem attempts to explain why I wrote it and why I am writing all of these stories and poems about Lew and sending them out into the world. I want people to see him and others like him.read more
On a terrible day in the life of our family, God’s grace breaks through in a surprising way.read more