Reflections on Mothers’ Day

Proverbs 31:26-27

“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.”
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The 2nd Sunday in May is celebrated in almost 100 countries around the world as Mother’s Day, a day to remember and honor our mothers.  This last weekend many of us took time to do something special: write a card; send flowers; or purchase a gift for our mom.  My mom turned 78 a few months ago, and with each year that passes, I realize how lucky I am to still have her in my life.  We gathered this past Sunday for Mothers’s Day brunch.  My parents, wife, our 3 son’s, daughter-in-law and grandson were all together for the day, creating an indelible memory in my mind and heart.
As we sat together around the table eating eggs, french toast and sipping coffee, I felt an overwhelming sense of joy & gratitude for the day.  I realized what a blessing it is, at age 54, to have my mom in my life, a person who has always loved and believed in me.  Life is never perfect or without it’s troubles, but in moments like that around the table, I became aware of God’s gracious love toward me and my family.
As I sat there, I  watched my 3 sons 14, 19 & 25, serve and love their mom with their words, gifts and actions.  The capstone of the day was watching my oldest son honor his young wife celebrating her first Mother’s Day, that was beautiful!
My wife and I also celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary on Saturday.  For the last 30 years I have known her deepest desire has been to be a wife and mother.  To see her on Sunday with all her boys around her, talking and laughing, in itself was honoring her, amazing!  I could not help but think about how good God has been to this faithful woman.
I realize that for many reasons, not everyone was able to celebrate with their mom this past Sunday.  If that is the case for you, I can imagine you may have experienced some sadness on Mother’s Day.  My hope is that it was a time to replay the fond memories of your mom and be grateful for her influence in your life.
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Mother’s are a part of the foundation on which our culture and society are built.  Mom’s do much of the heavy lifting in our families, serving, nurturing and loving their children and husbands,  helping them to reach for their dreams in life.  All of us have something to be grateful for today, that women in our life we call mom, whether she is our biological or adopted mom, she is the one who gave of herself to make our lives better.
Thank You Mom!

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