Around the world on this day, mothers are given special recognition and attention. There are mothers with us and there are mothers who have left this scene. There are memories we cherish and there are memories we wish could be forgotten. The many women who wish they could hold their own child, but their arms are empty; we know you have a mother’s love. Whatever the situation may be, God has implanted in every woman the DNA of a mother’s love.
Having been born with a mild disability, I had a mother who loved and protected me through years of struggle. At the same time, her love did not permit me to use my disability as an excuse for expecting special treatment. God had given me to her and I was normal, just like any other child. That was a true mother’s love. I thank God for giving her wisdom to raise her only child in this way, expecting me to love the Lord and serve Him in spite of my circumstances.
At times I think of the untimely separation between Jesus and His mother. His crucifixion never interfered with the appreciation Jesus had for Mary’s love; being willing to follow God’s plan to birth Him into the world, and then slip into the background so her Son could fulfill His purpose. Jesus was leaving earth because He had “finished the work” the Father gave Him to do (John 17:4). As He is about to die, Jesus looks down from the cross at Mary; “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple [John] whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:26–27). Love must care for its own under any conditions.
Usually, the mother passes from this scene before the son. It was an untimely separation. In a little way, I have experienced a very untimely separation with my mother, yet it has never caused my appreciation for her love to diminish in my heart. Whatever your situation, NEVER let time or circumstances weaken your appreciation for your mother’s love. She had that DNA from God.
To all those with a mother’s love, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!
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