Happy Mother’s Day

Exodus 20:12Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

To all who are Mothers today – Happy Mother’s Day!

You hold a special place in the heart of all. You are the glue that holds the home together. You are the spirit of your home – because ‘If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!’

My own mother went home to be with the Lord over seventeen years ago. Her memories live on in the stories we share, the character she passed on and the love she infused in each of us.

As the oldest of eight children, I have five sisters that separate my younger brother and me. We all have a brother, Michael, who we learned later, died stillborn in the ninth month of Mom’s pregnancy. It nearly killed her.

We all witnessed some very tumultuous times, yet we survived. I can testify to the love, loyalty and fun that kept life real. Mom and Dad tried so very hard not to allow us to ever think we were less fortunate than any other family in the neighborhood. We celebrated together and we wept together.

My mother was very altruistic. She spoke her mind and at times the truth was very opinionated and sharp. But she loved deeply. Family meant the world to her. She was always looking to improve us and herself. She welcomed any and all into our home. And those that came, became family to us.

She taught us that we were not above anyone nor beneath anyone. We treated all the same. She hated when we fought with each other. She held moral and godly standards for all of us. She worked to be a mom that was there at every turn of our lives.

She stayed up late until she knew we got home safe. She would call after we had left the home. I remember a particular call; picking up the phone and hearing; “Oh… you’re still alive! Come see your Mother – I miss you.”

There are days I still wish she were here. But today, she lives on in the way I love my children; in the way I parent; in what I teach and preach.

Even after she is gone, I can honor her memory by being the best son, the best husband, the best father I can be! Take some time, if you still have your mother, and honor her as God would have you to do. And if she is gone, honor her by living to the best she would have wanted you to be!

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