With much discomfort she carried you in her womb for nine months and with great pain she brought you into this world. She set out on a journey, down a road she never travelled before, with many questions and fears. With many sleepless nights and much hard work she attended to your needs. In weariness and with great sacrifice she determined to make life easier for you than it was for her.
She walked the floor with you when you were sick, wiped your feverish brow with a cool wet cloth to comfort you, and held you close when you were frightened. She warned you of dangers, counselled you with words of wisdom, wiped away your tears, and kissed your cheek. She made you brush your teeth, took you to the doctor, helped you with your homework, prepared your meals, washed your clothes, and did numerous other things without any fan-fare, praise, or reward. She was over-worked, under-paid, grossly neglected, and seldom appreciated, but she never complained about it.
She hasn’t been perfect, although it seemed so, but she was always there for you–even when everyone else turned away. She might have seemed frail, but she wasn’t weak. She did whatever needed to be done to make you the person you are. She was bold enough to tell you the truth– even when you didn’t want to hear it; courageous enough to put her foot down and stop you from doing what you shouldn’t; brave enough to confront the neighborhood bully and anybody else who threatened her “baby”. She was wise enough to challenge you to always do your best and to believe that you could do anything you set your mind to do. She was patient when you came short and urged you to try again. And she was always willing to forgive you when you failed, even if it was for the tenth time! Chances are, your mother has been your wisest teacher, your finest example, your greatest provider, your strongest supporter, and your best friend. It’s like an old poem that begins with these words–
“There’s no other love like a sweet Mother’s love;
An affection like hers there’s no other.
Our friends and companions all love us we know,
But no one else loves us as Mother.”
Then, after several verses, the poem ends with this wise advice-
“Then while she is with us let’s brighten her days;
Let’s show her how dearly we love her.
For in all of the walks of life’s many ways,
No one else loves us as Mother.”
That’s true, and no one on earth is more deserving of our love and respect than a godly mother. On this special day, and every day, tell her you love her and prove it by meeting the needs in her life. She has always been there for you, so don’t fail to express your appreciation and affection for her. Remember the words of Lincoln, “No man is poor who has had a godly mother.” I have eight very rich children! I pray that they understand how wealthy they are. -David Stone