There have been countless poems, songs and even editorials written about mothers over the years, tributes to the world’s most special women, plaudits for those who’ve raised families, loved husbands and nurtured them all to successes.
From the beginning of time, mothers have held a special place in the hearts and minds of all. The Bible speaks of mothers as blessed and, indeed, they are.
Today, mothers come in myriad forms. Many are working women, professionals who juggle jobs and households, getting the children to school, feeding the family at night and transporting them to ball games, dance recitals and a bevy of other activities on any given afternoon or evening. Sometimes they are the only bread winner in the family, often mom and dad to the children. In some cases, mothers are actually grandmothers, aunts and, on occasion, dads, who are thrust into nurturing roles for one reason or another.
Moms also come in the form of those special people who teach us life lessons, who help us to understand ourselves a little better and, in doing so, help us to understand others. They are the ones who are there in the worst and best of times, standing beside us no matter what.
We salute them all today for their efforts, for their undying love, for their loyalty and their ever-abiding concern. For behind every child is a caring mother; behind every confident smile is the love of one who has been a teacher, a nurse, a disciplinarian and a friend; and behind every adult who understands right, who gives to others and who loves with all their heart, is a person who has been a mother.
The gentle hands, the sweet smile, the warm and inviting hugs, the shining eyes filled with pride, they all belong to those we call mom.
Today we offer our thanks to them all for everything they’ve given us and for all they will continue to give us no matter what form that giving takes – no matter who we are or who we have become.
A mother is perhaps the one person in our lives who will always love us, no matter the road we take, the times we stumble or the lives we live. They will always be there whether we’re young or old, healthy or sick, loving and nurturing us until they take their very last breath.
Sometimes we take them for granted. We expect them simply to be there when we take time to stop in for a quick visit and to understand when life gets so busy that we can’t bother to give them much of our own time.
But give of that time we should. Really, it’s the most precious gift we can give those who have been there for us time after time after time.
Just ask someone who has lost their mother and they’ll quickly remind us how precious the moments are, and how fleeting. They’ll tell us how often they wish now they’d spent even a little more time with their moms. And they’ll urge the rest of us to be there, to share in every single moment we can, to love our mothers, or those we think of in that way, and to burn each second into our memory, cherishing what we have while we still have it.
Today we salute each one; it is their special day, one when we should stop to hug them, tell them we love them and thank them for who they are and for who they’ve helped us become.
Mothers are indeed special people. We wish them all a great day, and we thank them all for every great day they’ve made possible for us.