Dedicated to Christina
Mothers are the embodiment of Love, a Sense of peace, a Timeout from the craziness of life, a Place of perspective. God has given mothers a special place in this world. From mothers we learn about strength, sometimes physical strength but most often strength-of-character. When faced with overwhelming obstacles and attacks on our character it is our mothers who show us different ways of responding, but mostly they show us how to believe in ourselves, to know that others may disagree but we can still believe in ourselves and use that to move forward and to grow from our experience. It is our mothers alongside their husbands that together help us understand perseverance in the face of opposition is what makes us strong so we can deal with everything life throws at us.
Then when life gets out of balance it’s the mothers that help us to see the imbalance so we can bring it back in line. Always looking out for us they take in the whole scene to let us know what we missed. Sometimes it’s just their quiet peace we need to reset. They put us first, even when it’s life’s lessons we are trying to learn, and then when everything’s said and done they invariably remark, “What, I didn’t do anything!” It is out of the Love of Christ that they operate; an unconditional love that requires nothing in return. In this way, it is the mothers that protect the family for no one can break that bond of love and dedication. As Proverbs 31:25-28 tells us; Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
Mother’s day has been around for centuries but setting aside a day of celebration was first proposed by Julie Ward Howe, author of the words to “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1872. Then with the efforts of Ann Jarvis of West Virginia, nearly every state in the union were celebrating Mother’s day by 1911 and finally, in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday. To begin with, the Mother’s day celebration was intended as a dedication to peace. How appropriate is that? Isn’t it our mothers who could find alternatives to deal with conflict? Proverbs 31:20 She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. How often has that led opposing sides to come together? There is significantly more commercialization going on now and some who would decry that commercialization but no matter, there are any number of ways to honour that person who has been so impactful in our lives. The best way to honour the mothers in your life is first communicating how you appreciate them then, finding out what they need most and what they would like as well.
These are the reflections of all the mothers I have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing throughout my life. To Dodo, Dotti, Mel, Christina, Judy, Missy, and Jane I thank you for being courageous enough to teach your children the lessons of life we all have benefitted from. A little piece of Christ is brought out with every lesson, every kind word and deed, and every bit of wisdom. We are all better for it.