This coming Sunday is the day we celebrate Mother. I suppose the globe could not contain all the sayings about Mother if some were not lost along the way. I have a few quotes to go along with today’s theme. Please forgive the ones from politicians, but their statements convey a thought that all mothers will appreciate.
I often tease the Great Blonde about the first quote, implying that as a teen I wrote the following lady a proposal of marriage, but she never answered. Her loss. Note:
“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” -Sophia Loren.
“What about the children,” is always at the front of mother’s mind and bottom of her heart. The Bible is replete with the accounts of mothers wanting the best for the children, even to wanting the best for her considered best, as in the case of Jacob and Esau. Mothers are celebrated throughout the sacred text and are to receive at least equal honor with the father. Today’s society is missing a blessing as so many biological mothers have forsaken their rich heritage and abandoned the children. May God help us!
The loyalty of the mother to the child was expressed graphically in prose from the pen of the writer of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow:
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~Washington Irving
Many do not or did not have the kind of mother Irving speaks of, but every natural born person has a deep longing to have such a woman to call Mother. If you can be this kind, the children will assuredly rise up and call you blessed. Proverbs 31:28 “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Our generation has witnessed, for the first time in our history an astronomical rise in the incidence of single mothers for a number of reasons. The first quote is from the child of a mother who became single as a result of her parents divorcing. You will recognize her name.
“My parents were divorced when I was a young teenager, and I was raised by a single mother after that. So, I understand the difficulties that families have. I understand single parenting.”
Whether Mrs. Bachmann really understands may be up for discussion, but she has done well and certainly her courage may be a special heritage from her mother, whom she revers.
On the other side of the aisle we have a man, of accomplishment in his group, though others may disagree, but one thing I have learned is that for most people achievement within the framework of the chosen group is what matters to them. But people from any walk that included being deprived of food, clothing and safe housing, plus an absentee father can identify with this background.
“I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.”
I don’t know whether you like the guy or not, but it’s hard to disagree with the truth of his statement and pathos of his childhood.
Today’s world has reached the point where some people say, with evidence to back it up that “The most dangerous place for a child is its mother’s womb. Tragic beyond words.
As I approach Mother’s Day I do so with a tinge of pain, as my Mother walked on nearly three years ago at 97. At the graveside a sudden summer storm broke out and we knew for sure she had arrived. I miss her and wish I had spent more time with her along the way.
Thinking of the pain and toughness of Mom’s life I am reminded of a statement Dr. Fred Brown made over twenty years ago. The statement may be double true for Mother’s Day:
“Someone estimated that about six out of ten of those who sit in church pews have major hurt in their lives.”
I hope you will do all possible to be a special blessing to your mother this week and all the days of her life. Preachers, pay attention to the fact that every mother sitting in the congregation has some burning hurt that your words from Christ may assuage.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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