As Mother’s Day approaches, many of us are thinking about the moms who brought us into this world, who adopted us or stepped up to be step-moms and, no matter the circumstances, nurtured us through life. Can we ever imagine what our mothers went through for us?
As the oldest of five kids born in the space of six years, I can’t imagine what my mother went through, even now that I’m a mother myself. My mother raised us virtually on her own from the time I was eleven and the youngest was six. Did we ever stop to think about how we could make it easier for her? Not so much. Not until we were all adults and we realized just how much Mom sacrificed to keep food on the table, the bills paid, her kids safe from trouble and rooted in her strong faith in God.
There were times I thought my mom was so mean – that she must have hated me. It wasn’t until years later that I realized she was loving me with all of her might and dying a little inside. There were times I was completely selfish and wanted to do my own thing. Now that I realize how selfless my mom was I want to do anything I can to make her happy. There were times when my life was a mess and I needed someone to turn to – and my mother was always there for me with a huge heart and without judgment.
I am grateful to my mother for the strength she demonstrated every day; for her faith, which eventually did rub off on me (thank you, Mom, for your constant prayers); for her unconditional love that never ends; and for her support and always being there. She is the one woman who knows me so well that I can talk to her about anything.
As Mother’s Day approaches, it is a great time to stop and think not only about your own mother, but all of the mothers who put their hearts into raising their children, who struggle and sacrifice and sometimes even suffer to be there for their children. Please remember all mothers – single mothers and older mothers; mothers who work in the home and mothers who also work outside the home; the moms in the military and the moms waiting for military dads to come home; the mothers who take their kids with them to volunteer for the community and feed the homeless and the mothers who sometimes must feed their children at a soup kitchen; the mothers who have adopted their children and the mothers who do everything they can to make their house a loving home for all who live there and welcoming for all who visit.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there – and especially my very special Mom! May God bless you with strength, peace and joy and keep you in His care always.