A tribute to our mothers

Mother's Day 2

Mother’s Day, one of the most popular celebrations in terms of greeting cards mailed and flowers sent, is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It recognizes motherhood with a special time to show appreciation to our mothers and mother figures.

Mother’s Day celebrates all mothers—mothers expecting their first child, mothers of young children, mothers of older children, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers with adopted children, mothers who gave up their children for adoption, foster mothers, mothers who have no children of their own, but are like mother figures, and more.

Mothers are marvelously multifaceted individuals who defy a concise definition, but here is an attempt by Louise Shattuck to touch upon some of the many dimensions of motherhood:

Do you know that Webster defines a mother as “a female parent”? This is the understatement of all time, and someone should to tell Mr. Webster why this description should be revised.

A mother is a walking encyclopedia. Her children expect her to know where the sun goes at night, how jet propulsion works, what the principal exports of Thailand are, and where kittens come from.

A mother is a master mechanic who can get a trouser leg out of a bicycle chain and fix anything with cellophane tape and a hairpin. She is a practical nurse who can remove splinters and loose teeth painlessly, stop an earache in the middle of the night, and cure a case of measles before the fourth grade picnic.

She is a sage who is wise enough to know when her son has reached the stage at which he would rather die than be kissed in public. Yet she is an innocent who never ceases to wonder at the miracle of life.

A mother is all of this and more.

Mothers with children deal in diapers and middle-of-the-night feedings. Crushed Cheerios in the rug and Legos underfoot. Play groups, pillow fights, bedtime stories. Runny noses, bumped heads, skinned knees. Tickles, hugs, kisses. These are a mother’s world.

And so is round-the-clock training–twenty-four hours of teachable moments. How to tie shoes and how to share. How to give and take with peers and how to respect authority. How to handle disappointment and how to reach for the best. How to love well and live morally. The old Marine motto applies to motherhood: It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.

Mother’s Day continues to be a special time of celebration for those whose mothers are still living as well as time of reflection for those whose mothers may no longer be with us, but whose unconditional love remains in wonderful memories that we cherish today. Here is an expression of our gratitude to God:

Songs of faith, hope, and love—a tribute to our Mothers

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,

1 Thessalonians 1:3

A  Song of Faith:

Like a river flowing endlessly,

Your songs of faith, hope, and love

Sustained us and kept us alive by the grace of God

If it had not been for your song of faith that taught us

We shudder to think where we would be today

If it had not been for our mothers’ song of faith

That taught us no matter what happens,

No matter what others may do or say.

This one thing we know “God will make a way out of no way.”

Faith, imparted unto us, “Faith of our Mothers, living still.”

Faith, to guide us on our journey always to seek to do God’s will

Faith, to lead and guide us through the perils of the darkest night,

Showing us by example just how to walk by faith and not by sight.

A Song of Hope

Your song of hope was filled with God’s promises

Bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all ours and ten thousand beside

You taught us to build our hope on nothing less than Jesus Blood and righteousness

When it seemed like we had reached our outer limits

And had exhausted all options and it looked like we couldn’t cope

You sang a song to remind us to keep rejoicing in hope.

To build our hopes on things eternal, to hold to God’s unchanging hand

You sang a song of hope, a lively hope, a living hope, the expectation of a future good.

The Lord God was and is our hope, the same hope you sang about in our childhood

We made it through the storms that keep on raging in our lives

Your song of hope helped to sustain us through all the turmoil that we faced

Now we watch and patiently wait with our souls anchored in hope.

A Song of Love

Now abides faith, hope, love; these three, but the greatest of these is love:

More than a soothing lullaby to calm our fears all the times when we cried,

This song of love from the heart of our mother is a powerful force,

That a mother’s love is special–this cannot be denied.

The love of God is transfused at birth from heart to heart.

Though some of our mothers may not be here with us,

Their songs of love will never depart.

God’s love never dies but with each new sunrise lives on

To sustain us and remain with us to endure in sunshine or storm.

Our mothers’ song taught us to live by faith, rejoice in hope, and walk in love

The songs flowing from our mother’s heart enlightened us to see

Faith, hope and love: Love is the greatest of these three.

May God continue to bless our mothers.


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