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On the Journey...
Monthly Insight From Pastor Phil Yoder
May 15, 2019
Honoring our Mothers
One of the things we look forward to in the month of May is our celebration of Mother’s Day. And rightly so! Our mothers are one of the great treasures God put on this earth, and it is only fitting that we should honor them. I “lost” my mother two years ago, although, she is not really lost. We know exactly where she is! Mom lived 88 years, but the world scarcely noticed her. She never held public office, never ran a corporation, never served on a board, never published a book, never preached a sermon, never generated any wealth or notoriety, and yet, she was truly a great person. She was great because she loved people. She loved in a very deep and genuine way. She especially loved children, all children. Mom knew when to give a word of encouragement. She knew when to close her eyes to the faults of others and just love them, knowing that their lives were a work in progress, and that their faults were not the last chapter in their lives. She prayed a lot for people, especially for me. I needed her prayers. I cannot imagine where I may be today were it not for my mother’s prayers. Much of what I know about love, I learned from my mother. She practiced hospitality, she was accepting, she believed in people, and she knew how to generously forgive. The world is a better place because mom lived in it. She had more influence on me than any other human being. When I was a little boy, I thought it would be impossible for me to live if my mother was not with me. Well, she is gone now, and I am still here. And yet, in a way, she is still living. The love she invested in me, her teaching, her prayers, and her example are still very much alive and influencing me today.
I am sure most of us have or had very wonderful mothers, whose love shaped us and guided us through our difficult days and years of growing up. Surely, God knew how important mothers are in the development of children, because He made sure that each of us got one. Most of us would be hopelessly lost on our journey through life were it not for the direction our mothers gave to us, and for their prayers.
Here is a poem that helps to capture the special place our mothers have in our hearts.
To My Mother (Author Unknown)
For the countless hours on your comforting lap, and the soothing words you would say
For all the times you gently picked me up, and kissed the pain away,
For all the times you tied my shoes, and tucked me into bed,
For the times when you needed something, but put me first instead.
For everything we shared, The dreams, the laughter, and every tear,
I love you with a "Special Love" That deepens every year.
It is true, we do have a very special love for our mothers, and we should. Let’s make sure our mothers know that we love them and honor them. And even if our mothers are no longer with us, we can still honor them by allowing their love, their wisdom, and their example to continue to live in us and guide us. And that is perhaps, the greatest tribute we can give to our mothers.