On Sunday, we will honor our Mother’s — as a nation and as a church. At our church, we will have numerous families who will dedicate their children to the Lord. It promises to be a special day for all of us.
This is my second Mother’s Day without Mother. This will be Cindy’s 31st Mother’s Day without hers. Wow. Cindy’s Mom, Meryle Falkner, is still a force in our family. Her determination, “spunkiness”, deep love, and work ethic have all contributed to who both Cindy and I am today. And, of course, Naomi’s great example of love and sacrifice still influence our family today.
In fact, our little Adah — in her prayers — still prays about her Mamaw and asks God to take care of her in heaven. It is so sweet.
For us, and many of you, Mother’s Day is bittersweet. We are truly grateful for our moms, but we miss them. We miss not getting to let them know just how much we appreciate and love them.
However, we will celebrate their legacy on Mother’s Day. We will reflect upon how our moms shaped us. We will talk about them. Share memories about them. Thank God for them. We will laugh together as we remember the fun times we had with them both. We may shed a tear or two as we lament their physical absence.
Mothers are powerful forces in our world. It is true everywhere. I have watched moms at work across our world. I have observed moms in remote villages of Africa as they go about their daily routines of caring for their families. I have seen moms in the densest urban areas of our nation, love and care for their children. I have seen many mothers’ hands holding their children, guiding their children, and disciplining their children.
There is just nothing like a mother’s touch. Moms play a unique role in our lives. I can still hear my mother’s voice in my mind. I can easily recall her unique expressions. I can still see the “look” that she could give me as a child – if you know what I mean. I can quickly share with anyone all the sacrifices I know she made on my behalf. Most of all, I am secure in the love she gave me as a son.
I have had the joy of watching my wife serve as a mother as well. I have seen how she has loved our children in every season of life. I know that she plays a role in their lives that is unique and powerful. I am thankful to God for her motherly influence in our family.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day — regardless of your circumstances — I hope it will be a meaningful day for you.