Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Deuteronomy 5:16)
(This letter includes some text from last year’s Mother’s Day letter.)
SATURDAY THE 12TH OF MAY was my mother’s birthday and she was 121. She has been in Heaven 34 years and I’ll see her again, soon. In a very real way, she is still here and strong. In the 1948 picture she sits on my pony, Daisy, in typical fun-loving fashion. She was at home on horses and mules. Today is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, the year this picture was taken.
LET'S THINK ABOUT THE YOUNG MOTHERS who are busy nursing, picking up toddlers and wiping noses and soothing one with a fever or cutting teeth. Not even an office secretary confronts as much demanding detail as mothers. Toddlers need mother’s humming and singing and cooing. We now have five great-grandchildren, one in Heaven, and one on the way. So, we are thinking more about young mothers.
THERE ARE THOSE MOTHERS WHO HAVE BORN NO CHILDREN but who have adopted children and love them as their own. And, there are mothers who are mothers in their hearts but are not privileged to have children. They love children wherever they can. I think my 2nd grade teacher was like that. She's the one who taught me John 3:16 and I remember her so well. And there are many thousands of step mothers who must reinvent themselves and try to be the best mother they can be. And we must remember grandmothers who have retired and find themselves raising their grandchildren.
IT TAKES A LOT OF MOTHERING TO GROW A CHILD. God bless all of our dear mothers who go in a run and sometimes are not appreciated as they should be. You are the greatest! You have the most important job!
I THINK ABOUT HANNAH, the mother of Samuel, and the instructions of the wise mother of King Lemuel in Proverbs 31. Mary, the mother of Jesus must have invested heavily in baby Jesus and as the song says: “when you kissed your baby, (did you know) you kissed the face of God?” It was this Mary who suffered the greatest at the foot of the cross when Jesus hung there, bearing the sins of the world. She watched as he bled and wore down and felt a solemn note of finality as Jesus, in His rationed breath handed His mother off to John, to be taken home by him.
NOTHING IS AS GRAND AND BEAUTIFUL as a loving and faithful mother. Many mothers must go into the workplace to help with the finances and resume their parenting when they return home…dog tired. And what of the professional women who left mothering to be a lawyer or banker and found it so empty they found a way to go back home and bear children to satisfy the deep craving for motherhood? God knows how to make the heart and yearnings of a mother!
MY MOTHER CARRIED ME TO CHURCH IN HER WOMB and I’ve been going to church ever since. Her favorite song was: “Hand in Hand With Jesus” and we sang it together. She was a skilled gardener and preserver of food. Her wood-burning kitchen stove was a marvelous production center of country-good food. With some complaining, she adjusted to an electric stove.
THE DEPRESSION (1929-1939) LIMITED UR WARDROBE. Mother’s Singer sewing machine was busy. She was good at making “new” clothes out the parts of “worn outs.” She made my first nice suit when I was eight, out of somebody’s discarded trousers. We ate well during the depression. Our gardens knew nothing about the depression. The mules plowed good, everybody worked hard, and we ate good.
I WOULDN'T SWAP MY MAMA FOR ANY OTHER. At the same time, I must admit that the woods were full of other good mothers who made their families proud! How many mothers announced to their families that they were not hungry and were not going to eat breakfast? America would not have survived the Great Depression without its loving, industrious, self-sacrificing mothers. And today, there’s yet another new crop of mothers like those I remember. Without these nurturing mothers, America would not be a fit place to live. Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
MAY 14, 2017 – MONDAY
A.M. 2Kings 9-11 P.M. John 5:1-24
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A Good Memory Verse:
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (Luke 24:44)
Song for Today:
‘Hand in Hand With Jesus (2:43) (Gaither Group)
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