This weekend we thank God for our mothers. How very good it is of God to place our lives in the tender hands of someone with flesh and bone who loves us almost as much as He does. Someone who feels tenderly toward us from the moment she first lays eyes on us and continues to carry us close to her heart as we pass through each stage of life.
What would we do without mothers? It seems to me that God made mothers to do some very specific things in our lives that no one else can do quite as well.
Mothers wipe us up. They wipe our sticky faces and our messy hands. They wipe our bloody knees and elbows. They wipe off the table, wipe up our spills, wipe our runny noses and wipe away our tears. Basically mothers keep us cleaned up.
Mothers yell. They holler for us to come to dinner. They squeal with glee when we pick them a bouquet of flowers. They hoot and holler at our ballgames. They yell to be heard over the television. They shout for joy when we graduate. And they speak highly of us to their friends. Basically they’re loud.
Mothers stay up late. They nurse us in the wee hours when we’re babes. They sit up with us until our fever breaks. They stay up to build volcanoes out of paper mache, bridges out of popsicle sticks, solar systems out of foam balls, and costumes out of feathers. They wait up for us to return from dates, ball games, school trips, and after-school jobs. Basically they’re really tired.
Mothers pin things. They pin on diapers. They pin on badges and team numbers. They pin up our hair. They pin up hems (and sometimes forget to take the pins out – ouch!) They pin up newspaper clippings. They pin on corsages. Basically they’re really good at making things stick.
Mothers decorate. They do up the nursery. They hang balloons and streamers for parties. They create faces on your pancakes with fruit. They tie ribbons in your hair. They hang your artwork on the fridge. They decorate the Christmas tree – often all by themselves! Basically they make everything look really nice.
Mothers pack. They pack diaper bags, lunch boxes, back packs, and overnight bags. They pack picnic baskets and coolers. They pack up the clothes you’ve outgrown and give them away. They pack up care packages and send them to camps, colleges, army bases, and prisons. They pack up your trophies and yearbooks and put them in the attic. Basically they know how to put a lot of good stuff in a container.
Mothers know where things are. They can quickly locate things like aspirin, band-aids, beach towels, your tennis racquet, and your library card. They know the mayonnaise is in the refrigerator door, third shelf down, behind the salad dressing. They could direct you through Target blindfolded and they know where the bathroom is in every store and restaurant. Basically, they are almost omniscient.
Mothers pray… a lot. They pray for “this baby to go to sleep!” They pray that all those big kids on the other team will not clobber their five-year old. They pray that their 10-year-old will behave at his grandparent’s house. They pray for you to have good teachers, safe bus drivers, fair coaches, and wise doctors. They pray even more when you get your driver’s license, your first job, your first apartment, your first baby. They pray for patience, wisdom, courage, and more patience. Basically they spend a lot of time saying, “Dear Lord!”
Yes mothers do an awful lot for us. From the time we are wee infants until the time they, or we, part this earth, they give and give and give. So whether your mother is here with you today or miles away, whether she lives down the road or in a mansion in heaven, thank God for your mother. Basically she is pretty wonderful!
This is a little diddy I wrote for Mother’s Day a few years ago and read in our church that morning. Because I’m still a little addle-brained (read Monday’s post, if you really need to know…), I decided to share it with you today.
I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to thank my mother, Louise, for all she does and has done for me and my family. She is simply the very best mother God could have chosen for me. I would have wanted no other. Happy mother’s day Mom!
To all you moms out there, have a blessed day. Enjoy it for what it is – breakfast in bed with burnt toast and cheerios, etc. But remember that we are really the lucky ones every day. For we have been given a great trust, a huge responsibility, and a tiring job. But we wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Enjoy your weekend!
Kim@Seasons of My Heart says
Awh…what a beautiful Mother's Day post my friend.
Happy Mother's Day to you…and your precious Mom.
Jennifer Juniper says
It's a great day to stop and think about (and thank) mom. Great post 🙂
elaine @ peace for the journey says
And… mother's cry… a lot. Mostly good tears; some in desperation! I love being a mom; I've often said that my children will be my perfection in the end. Their sandpaper effect on me is without limits. Perhaps more than any other venue of teaching, God uses them to shape me the most.
Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment. It gladdens my heart to meet sister pilgrims on the road of grace, using their pen and their voices for God's kingdom purposes. I see that you are also part of a clergy family and that you have a child in college. I have two boys in college, making their journey home this weekend from another year's work. I also have two young ones under 10. We're preparing for a new appointment this June, so there's a lot going on in this mother's life!
So glad for the road I'm on. So very glad for the God who walks it with me.
Beth@Not a Bow in Sight says
Happy Mother's Day!
Aww… what a beautiful tribute to moms! I love it! Thank you so much for your 'visit'. Glad you like the coffee bean idea. Glad Jennifer sent you my way! 🙂
Happy Mother's Day, Kay! I think you are an awesome Mom! Lezlee
This is beautiful! It's Sunday morning and my PH has long left for a long day of ministry. My 3 year old woke up before 6am this morning and I knew it was going to be a hard morning – even for Mother's Day. So I settled the kids in the living room with treats and cartoons and got a cup of coffee – wanting to treat myself to my blog friends. I came across yours and with tears rolling down my face – I feel blessed! Thanks for such a wonderful reminder of all that my own Mom has done for me – and that all that I do for my 2 little ones is worth every minute of sacrifice. I woke up a little irritated that they got up so early – I think now I'm going to join them on the couch before heading off to church. Thanks Kay!
Charlotte Featherston says
Hope you had a great Mother's Day! You are a great MOM! Love ya much!!!
Kim Tucker says
Happy late Mother's Day. You are one of the best mom's I've ever known!