A Mother’s Day Tribute
Overseer Trevor D. Alexander
Yes, Mother’s Day is coming! What is a mother? Well a mother is God’s special gift to humanity. Think about it, where would you be today without your mother’s tender loving care? I know, there are some people reading this article saying, “What, my mother was not loving and tender.” I am fully aware that not all mothers are shine under God’s light of love and tender mercy. Can you find one thing to give thanks for concerning your mother? Think about it! Let me give you one think, you are here in the land of the living. In spite of how bad you feel your mother was to you, she chose to give birth to you. That is something to be thankful for!
Most mothers have the awesome task of sustaining a home and under their watchful eyes; the children grow up to be strong productive citizens with strong moral convictions. Many of us will buy cards, make that special phone call, but that special gift, trying to please our mothers, but the greatest gift you can give your mother is your untiring love.
There is a creed in Robert Fulghum’s wonderful book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. It is called the “Storytellers Creed” here is part of the creed:
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.
That dreams are more powerful than facts.
That hope always triumphs over experience
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
Love really is stronger than death. The Bible informs us that a good name is better at ones death than at ones birth. So today, give the greatest gift you can give, the gift of love. Reba Mcentire said in one of her songs, “Love is not love until you give it away.”
What is a Mother?
A Mother has so many things to do,
From washing, ironing, cleaning to tying a shoe.
She scrubs, she mends, she cooks and sews,
She bathes the children and washes their clothes.
When they forget to wash their faces clean,
And their clothes are the muddiest you’ve ever seen,
Who repairs the clothes and scrubs them like new?
Of course, that is what a Mother will do.
Who becomes the doctor or the nurse when they are ill,
Applying a bandage or giving them a pill?
Who becomes a teacher when a child has homework?
She must never her duty shirk.
Who becomes a detective to find a toy or a book?
For missing things she must look and look?
Who becomes a listener to every heartache,
To every accomplishment that a child makes?
Who scolds their children when they are naughty,
Or remind them of God when they are to haughty?
Who tends her family with love and patience, too?
Of course that is what a Mother will do.
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” — Jewish proverb
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” — George Washington (1732-1799)
“By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1907- )
“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
“Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” –Author Unknown
“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.
–Howard Johnson (c. 1915)