May 11, 2020 - Mothers
When I woke up this morning I still had "Mother" on my mind. Although today is another day, let's continue to rejoice in our relationships with mothers. I reflected on yesterday being Mother's Day and how we, siblings, did not allow the absence of our mother keep us from laughing and reflecting on the good times we had with our dear mother. I hope you find time to pause and do the same today regarding your mother. Yes, today is Monday, a day after the official holiday, take time to take your mind off of covid-19 and just concentrate on something very positive about your relationship with your mother or special person who served as a mother. I enjoyed listening to some of your stories on yesterday, even though you were breaking your silence about your dear mother without realizing it. There are not enough words to describe what a mother really means to us. Every day should be Mother's Day.
The first thing we must reflect on is that our mother brought us into this world. Whether your experience was positive or negative, we must give thanks for mothers allowing us to spend time in God's creation. Now that our mothers have done that, we must decide what we are going to do with our life. Again, I believe the greatest honor any woman can have is that of being a mother and seeing her children mature and do well. So if you are a mother, you deserve a second day of praise and thanks.
Prayerfully, your children celebrated you in some form or fashion on yesterday. Even though covid-19 disallowed us from having our traditional day of celebration, many of you became creative by having drive- bys. Drive bys are simply a means of having family and friends just drive by your home waving and conversing at a distance. Just imagine how much your mother appreciated the fact that you took time to drive by and show some love. It was only a sign of love for the many sacrifices she has made during our life time.
This caused me to reflect on the passage of scripture from Proverbs 31: 28: "Her children rise up and called her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." Husbands, find something to praise your wife about today in regards to being a mother. Give her kudos for being there with the children, nurturing them when we could not. Appreciate the fact that she is/was gentle and loving in her spirit. Give thanks to God for her being a woman of wisdom in her finances and frugal when she needed to be. Appreciate the fact that she carried out the duties of a wife, mother, friend and confidant. Just imagine how a mother must feel when her own children recognize her virtues and express them to her. Imagine how she must feel when her husband rejoices that she is his wife and the mother of their children. What a joy it is to have a woman of faith who serves God with her entire heart, mind, soul and strength.
First Lady Michelle Obama said these words about her mother and being a mother: "My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters. Find people who will make you better."
Mayou Angelo said, "If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."
A quote from God's Little Devotional Book for Moms, "A little boy's mother once told him that it is God who makes people good. He looked up and replied, "Yes, I know it is God, but mothers help a lot."
Proverbs 1:8 (Amp) "reject not nor forsake the teachings of your mother."
I pray that your experiences with your mom were or are as rewarding as mine and my 8 siblings with our mom. If not, be the best mom you can be.
Not a sermon, just a thought!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor