While sitting here glancing at the calendar, it came to mind, that Mother’s Day is in a few weeks. Mother’s Day has become one of the most celebrated days on the American calendar. People everywhere search for the perfect gifts or flowers to give their mother. Many will sit down to big fancy dinners cooked lovingly at home or some find eating at a favorite restaurant more appeasing. However, no matter how you celebrate, spend time with or what you give your mother, her special day should be a testament of your love and adoration.
When I think of my mother, I think of strength, love, sacrifice, heartaches, joy and perseverance. You may wonder why these specific words. Well, I think of strength because she was a single woman raising her own three girls, plus a niece and for a while a little cousin. We didn’t have much, but we enjoyed the best of what we had. No she didn’t have all the answers. She gave us all of what she had acquired and encouraged us to expand upon it to make a better life for ourselves. Love is universal, but it takes a special kind of love to nurture, unconditionally give and to shower it upon the very seeds sown within the womb. The kind of love gifted from God himself as his gift specifically chosen for her. A mother’s love covers all the mistakes, the tears, failures, insecurities and other unpleasantries that come with life. No matter what time day or night a child calls upon a loving mother, she drops everything and focuses her total attention on uplifting her child through prayer, a hug, a kiss or just an encouraging word that lets him or her know that she has their back. A mother’s love reminds me of a song that Lee Williams sings, “Love Will Go All the Way.” The simple lyrics of this song says, “Just like your child, you love him, I know you do no matter what nobody says, Just like your child, you’ll do all you can, you’ll even go, you’ll go all the way, because love’s an action not just words you say, You’re doing all you can when you know there’s no pay cause, Love will go all the way.” And through this love my mother has sacrificed many things for us whether obvious or not. I know that I’ve personally contributed to unintentional heartaches by being disobedient and selfish, but regardless we’ve struggled together through it all because God has given her the strength to persevere, to stand after a fall and the wisdom to know that joy comes in the morning.
Now that I am a mother of my own, I can truly see the mother that she continues to be to me and my siblings. Even when I try to emulate her the least, her presence is strong and hovering. I thank God 365 days for my mother, but on her special day I will join the millions of mother lovers and gift her with a small token of the massive amount of love I have for her. In closing I am also reminded of one of the most beautiful scriptures “The virtuous woman” passage in Proverbs 31: 10-31 which has always been a beautiful explanation of the role of a mother. “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Virtuous is the epitome of all true God-fearing mothers.