In the middle of her explanation, one of the little first-graders raised her hand and said, “I wish my mommy had been there. She always knows just what to do.”
It often seems that way, doesn’t it? Moms just know what to do!
I’m sure all of us are extremely grateful for all that our mothers have done for us over the years.
Where would we be without our mothers? I am sure I would not be doing the work I do without the influence of my Mom; not that she ever even suggested it! But I know she prayed for me and she set a good example and practiced her faith. Bible reading, prayer and genuine love was often in evidence in our home.
As someone has said, “Faith is not so much taught as it is caught.”
A London editor submitted to Winston Churchill for his approval a list of all those who had been the British prime minister’s teachers. Churchill returned the list with the comment, “You have omitted the greatest of my teachers — my mother!”
How true! Mothers are teachers. And even in this day and age when fathers take on greater responsibility with child rearing, let’s face it — it is still the mother who ends up doing most of the child care and disciplining.
A mother is advisor, counselor, nurse, sewer and mender, helper, teacher and housekeeper — among other things. On top of that, most moms today work — doing their part to pay the bills and make ends meet.
Even in biblical times it was true, as the writer of Proverbs describes “the noble woman": “She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family. … She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is upon her tongue. 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.” (Proverbs 31, selected verses)
It’s not easy being a mom today; it never has been. It’s hard work. It’s exhausting — mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. But what a blessing, too!
So, if you haven’t thanked a mother recently, do it this weekend.
Happy Mother’s Day!
— By the Rev. John Koedyker, pastor of the Word of Hope Church in Fruitport.