This week my 8-year-old granddaughter said, “Grandpa, come here,” and she pulled me into the living room.
She then whispered, “What are you going to do for grandma for Mother’s Day?” To which I replied, “Nothing”…. She had a shocked look on her face and I said, “Allyson, she’s not my mother, she is your dad’s mother. My mother was great-grandma Lawson.” She thought for a moment and say, “Yes, but couldn’t you fix her breakfast in bed or something?” I assured her that I would be doing something special for her grandmother.
Mother’s Day is not a religious holiday or a government recognized holiday, but it is one of the most important days we celebrate. We pause to recognize the one who is the center of most homes. Yes fathers are important, but mother’s many times do most of the nurturing and spend the most time with the children. You may feel (but I hope not), like one young man recently who said, “My mother never did anything for me.” Our response was, “Yes she did.” “She cared enough to carry you for nine months and give birth to you.” She cared for you, bathed you; fed you, changed you when you need it and did it because she loves you.” I mean, really, without your mother you wouldn’t be here.
Many women choose abortion in our world and the life God has given them as a gift is ended. If you are a woman in that situation, I’m sorry if these words hurt or offend, but none the less I believe them to be true.
Mother’s we who are your children are sometimes unappreciative, sometimes hurtful, sometimes difficult to deal with, but underneath it all, we really do love you. Thank you for loving us back! But mother’s the most important thing you can give your children is an understanding of and love for God and His Word.
3:14–15 Paul says, You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them [that is, your mother Eunice and through her from your grandmother Lois]; and that from childhood you have known the holy scriptures [because your mother taught them to you] which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Thank you mother’s and Happy Mother’s Day.
Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is semi-retired and an elder at the Mid-County Church of Christ. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.