Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday in May ever since President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it as a national holiday in 1914. Our mothers are special; God gave them the role of raising us to become what we are today. Their/Our legacy will always live on. Do you know that the word “mother” is in the King James Version of the Bible 321 times in 293 verses? The word “mom” does not appear in the Bible.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies… Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31:10, 28
I recently asked my sister, Lydabelle, Missionary to Brazil, how she would describe our mother! I realized that she and I were not brought up in circumstances the same! I grew up during World War II when my father spent many months away from us when I was a child. My dad was a Chaplain in the Army/Air Force during that time! So you see, my mother had to be both a mother and father to my brother, Blair, and me! Lydabelle was born after the end of the war! One of my precious memories that continued through my entire life at home was singing around the piano together! Mother was saved at a young age and attended the Baptist church in Philadelphia. PA, that my grandfather pastored; and it was there where she met my father. She was a pianist and got her degree from college in music! While my father was away, she always made sure we attended Sunday services and every time the church doors were opened! She always seemed to have a position at the church of playing the piano or the organ, plus Sunday School Teacher, and other teaching children ministries that were offered!
I’m going to use some of my sister’s quotes as I continue: “Mother was a very special person! She always seemed content with the little things in life–having her second cup of coffee in the morning, enjoying reading a good book, crocheting or knitting, spending time with the grandchildren [when she lived with them], and talking about all the little things they did…There was the happiness of finding good children’s books, learning a new song for church, making a piano (with several important keys that didn’t play) sound beautiful, a love for beautiful music, and a love for teaching children, and preparing Bible clubs… I remember the love she had for even the simplest of folks! There was a group of girls from troubled backgrounds who were bussed in every week to our church services [she ministered to them]… Mother loved violets and other flowers! She cared for them all lovingly and enjoyed having her garden and vegetable garden. She loved picking fresh stringed beans for the evening meal!… The influence of her life and the memories cannot be measured!… My memories of Mother are so sweet, and I thank The Lord always for her life and for all she meant to me!” –Lydabelle Barrett
I, too, remember her many attributes before and when she came to live with us when my father was called home to be with the Lord at the age of 59! She and Joel enjoyed the Public Library. We often laughed about how they probably read every book there! She also helped in the Christian School as a librarian and read books to the classes! Oh, Mom and I did several Bible Clubs each week while we lived in Elkton, MD. I was the hidden puppeteer while Mother did the talking to the puppets. I helped make several of the puppets too! These are so many good memories. The last high school reunion that I attended, someone said to me that she remembered my mother and how beautiful she was! Not only was she beautiful on the outside, but she had inward beauty! One needs to look back, and at this age that’s what we do, and we remember the great things that the Lord has given us throughout the years, and those are the good memories! I am thankful for all the things that my mother has done for me, her teachings will always be with me.“ Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6: 2-3
I read this prayer somewhere: “Heavenly Father, thank you for our mothers, thank you for giving them to us to mold, comfort, and teach us. Lord, I pray that you will continually lead and guide each and every mother that is reading this devotional, refuel them another time to complete this responsible role that you have given to them. Provide the necessary support and tools they need to be a mother to their children.”