I don’t have a mother.
I used to. She was an extraordinarily godly woman who taught me to read, cheered at every tennis match, shared biblical wisdom (and her chunky sweaters), and scribbled inspiring words onto paper napkins before sliding them into my school lunchbox each morning. She was worthy of all the respect and honor one person can attribute to another.
Yet in my 20s, she slipped away. She lost her short battle with ALS before I ever had the chance to tell her — adult to adult — what a profound influence she’s had on me as a woman, a wife, a teacher, and now a mother myself.
Mother’s Day, therefore, comes each year with a twinge of sorrow. Grief stirs itself into the celebration like a batch of lumpy dough because, along with all the other influential women in my life, I wish I could commend her too.
But I can’t.
And since I can’t, I choose to honor her memory by sharing three things my mother and all the mothering women in our lives, biological or not, would love to receive. These things aren’t costly gifts, at least they don’t cost money. They aren’t limited by COVID-19 and the constraints of social distancing either, which many are still currently facing. What they are is the bestowing of human dignity. The giving of respect.
They’re love measured out in teaspoons of grace, and we’d all do well to pass them on to the women in our lives this Mother’s Day and every day after that too.
In this tumultuous time of COVID-19 where routines and schedules have shifted immensely, our values have been shifting too. One value that will never shift, however, is how much a mother matters. She not only labors and delivers; she serves, protects, and provides. She is the epitome of the multi-tasker, taking on the roles of teacher, chef, referee, nurse, chauffer, maid, therapist, stylist, sometimes all in one day.
To acknowledge these various roles, to express gratitude in detail for the ways the women in our lives have sacrificially cared for us often means more than a bouquet of flowers. But to acknowledge who these women are, to take the time to recognize the strength, courage, and tenacity it takes to fill these many roles is where value is communicated.
Take time this Mother’s Day to say, “you matter.” Take time to recognize what women do as well as who they are. Strong yet gentle, emotional yet analytical. Funny, serious, graceful, brave, wise. Whatever character qualities allow these women to fulfill their various roles, celebrate those.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ginger McPherson