It’s that time of year again.
It’s Mother’s Day!
Many put on a smile and yet know that their children don’t honor them. They endure the afternoon knowing they don’t have their husbands hearts. They look around and see other women who look so happy, with children that always honor them and a husband that adores them and they feel the sting more today than other days. I don’t want to write another post that makes that sting any more vivid. The very idea of celebrating Mother’s Day must be kept in perspective. It is right to give honor where honor is due! It is good for us to be a grateful people, for us to remember the sacrifice our mothers made on our behalf when we could not do for ourselves, the love they have shown us, the hours they have invested in us. It is good to rise up and call our Mothers blessed each and every day, not just one day a year!
I remember my Mother telling me a story of her friend who had passed away in a tragic car accident. She had several children who were often fighting between each other and with her. Children who were too busy for her and always selfish in their relationship with her. After her death they all continued to fight between each other but somehow managed to agree on a large tombstone to “honor” their mother. While she was alive they were too self centered to ever give her any of their time. Yet now they spend time and money to put flowers on the side of the road where she passed away. Are their actions now those of one who lives with regret? I don’t know.
Here’s what I do know. If you haven’t shown your Mother the respect God wants you to express to her do so now! Keep doing it throughout the year; don’t let it be an annual activity. If you’re a mom who feels unappreciated, set your attention on who you serve and why you serve. We must serve and love our families faithfully, because we want to hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant”. It’s for Him alone we serve. It is nice when our family appreciates our effort and encourage us in well doing, but really it wouldn’t matter much if they only did that once a year. For me, Mother’s Day is about me honoring my Mother just like I do throughout the year, only with a little extra celebration. I want her to know how much I cherish her. To do that I must express my genuine love to her each day. There are so many ways I enjoy loving my Mother. Today I wanted to do that by sharing a special memory.
When I was a little girl my mother use to have many books of poems by Helen Steiner Rice. Today, I wanted to share one of her many poems.
A Mother’s Love- Helen Steiner Rice
A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand
Happy Mother’s day to each and everyone of you. I pray that you are able to honor your Mother year around. If you’re a Mother I pray that you will delight in serving those that God has entrusted to you, your family!