Happy Mother’s Day
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
Even as I read this quote, I’m overwhelmed at the debt of gratitude we owe our mothers. There isn’t a sports person honored, who does not give thanks to his or her mother, and a lot of celebrities on award shows do the same. There is a You Tube video that shows people applying for a fake job, director of operations, in which you work 24 hours, most of the time on your feet, with no breaks and you are on call all night at least till your client sleeps and the holidays are grueling because you tend to work even harder, and all for well, NO Salary. Not surprisingly, there are no takers for the job, and at the end, we find out that the job describes motherhood.
Being a mother is a great blessing and honor. To think that God chose you to bear and bring another life into existence. And I know several moms, who have not physically borne a child but have been awesome mothers to so many people and I salute them as well.
1. Motherhood is filled with so much joy and pain, all at the same time.
We laugh and encourage our children with their first steps. We are there to wipe the tears on the first day of school. We comfort them when they fight with their friends, and when they don’t do so well on the quiz they stayed up all night studying for. Motherhood is filled with tears, when our kids are hurting, when they get hurt during a game or are ill. We pick up the pieces when they break up with their first boyfriend or girlfriend and feel the world is falling apart. We are filled with joy and pain when they make it to college or their first job and especially when they get married and we have to let them go.
2. Mothers love unconditionally.
They are on their knees praying for their children all the time and never give up on their wayward children. They are the best friend you will ever have. They are your number one fan, always. They are there when you need them and they learn to let go when you think you don’t need them. They welcome you back unconditionally when you realize how important they are in your life. They literally prepare you for life, teaching you lessons you may not pick up in the classroom. They encourage you to attain the seemingly impossible and know just the right thing to say when you meet some of life’s greatest challenges.
3. A happy mother makes a happy home, and yet she never asks for any recognition.
I encourage all the dads and children out there, on this day, to take the time to celebrate their wives and moms today, to make them feel special. To take time to acknowledge how life goes from day to day with no hitches because mom is in charge. Of course, everyone agrees that dad is the head of the house, but as Maria Portokalos so succinctly put it in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, “The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the neck any way she wants.” You better be nice to that neck today!
Even as I wish every mother a very blessed and happy Mother’s Day today, I want to take the opportunity to thank my mom, who became a widow at the age of 34 years and was left with five children to raise by herself, all under the age of 10 years. You are a truly awesome lady, who sacrificed her life to provide for us. You loved us so fiercely, and protected us and encouraged us and you did whatever it took to provide for us. I can’t find enough words to say Thank you.
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
And lacks nothing of value.
She watches over the affairs of her household
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed
Her husband also, and he praises her.
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting
But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
And let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31, selected verses.