I’m thankful for a holiday such as Mother’s Day. With so many forces working to undermine the basic family values set forth in the Scriptures, I believe we should celebrate motherhood. This special day brings motherhood into focus in so many good and positive ways.
It is a day flooded with memories for all mothers, the young and old alike. There are the memories of shear agony and inexpressible joy so marvelously intertwined. What an incredible experience it is to bring a new life into being. It is a time for remembering tears of laughter and pain, sometimes flowing at the same time. It is a time for remembering the magic of a mother’s hugs and kisses that could make life’s troubles—real and imagined—simply melt away. Yes, it is a time for remembering that every child, whether 9 or 99, has a special place in his or her heart reserved just for mother.
For fathers, husbands of those cherished brides, it is a day for remembering too. There are the memories of the manifold delights of children, which are inextricably connected to the woman—the wife, the mother and friend—without whom these wonderful joys would never have been known. It is a time to remember those cold, snowy nights, when good ole’ dad was snuggled in bed like a bug in a rug, while mom was being nursemaid through many long nights.
Yes, it is a time of remembering for dads—remembering the sacrifice and service that goes hand-in-hand with motherhood and expressing appreciation to the woman that has been there for you and your children.
For children it is a time for remembering, as well, though the remembering may be a bit harder to do. So much of a mother’s sacrifice and service is done so early in a child’s life. But with the passing of each year appreciation for “mother’s love” grows and grows. Mother’s Day increases in importance with the passing of the years. While we can never repay our mothers for all they have done, the pleasure of returning such love makes every Mother’s Day meaningful, indeed.
So, as another day for honoring mothers rolls around, let us celebrate motherhood. Let us celebrate the significance of being a mother. May we all commit ourselves to upholding the importance of family values, while acknowledging the value and virtue of motherhood. Yes, let’s thank God for mothers!
© Bill Williams
May 3, 2006
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. —Proverbs 31:30