In Remembrance of Mothers

Exodus 20:12: "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you."

It has been over 12 years since I lost my mother to the battle against cancer. And like many of you, you find this remembrance of mothers one of having to look at pictures, reading letters or sitting by a grave site thinking about the life you had with your mother while many still have the opportunity to actual share this remembrance with your mother.

For some of us, our childhood was not a good experience while others had the opportunity of being raised in good Christians homes. For some of us, we came out of either emotional and/or physical abuse. Our day was based upon the attitude and physical condition of our parents as they came home every night. Others look forward to their parents coming home to feel a closeness that only a mother and father could provide. The sense of loving warmth and security without a care in the world.

In any case, it is not whether or not you get a face-to-face encounter or not it is what is in your heart that matters.

Scriptures tell us in Proverbs 31:31: "Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."

For mothers who have the luxury from God to have children at this time, it is also a time to reflect on the gift God gave you in the form of children to not only provide you joy but achieve one of the reasons God created humanity itself - replication was used through the woman to build a family for God himself. It is not happenstance that you had children.

As mother reflect on this day of their children they will have thoughts of blessedness or shame. Unfortunately, many of our mothers live with these thoughts not just today but everyday. Thoughts about what was done right or what could have been done better runs through the minds of all mothers each and everyday. We cannot change what has happened in the past but we can change what happens in the future. This change might not be the physical or relationship change we wish for overnight but God tells is in Isaiah 66:13: "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you."