t was Sunday at church and a little girl was to recite the Scripture that she had memorized for the occasion. When she got in front of the congregation, the sight of hundreds of eyes staring at her caused her to freeze and forget her memory verse.
Every line that she had so carefully rehearsed faded from her mind and she stood there unable to utter a single word. Sitting there in the front row, her mother was almost as frantic as the little girl. The mother gestured, moving her lips, trying to form the words for the child, but it did no good.
Finally, the mother in desperation whispered the opening phrase of the memorized Scripture: “I am the light of the world…”
Immediately the child’s face lit up with a smile, as she stood tall and now said with supreme confidence: “My mother is the light of the world.”
Sunday is Mother’s Day; a day that we set aside once a year to honor mothers, a day to show our appreciation and gratitude to the one who has given up so much of their lives for you and me.
But you know mothers deserve more than just one day to honor all that they mean to us. Moms these days have a pretty tough job, don’t they? They have to juggle all of the responsibilities of children, home, family, community, work, school, church. Mother’s doctor us when we are sick. They console us when we are hurt. They comfort us when we are afraid. They love us with an unconditional love.
John Killinger in his book Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise includes the following affirmation:
“I believe in the love of all mothers, and its importance in the lives of the children they bear. It is stronger than steel, softer than down, and more resilient than a green sapling on the hillside. It closes wounds, melts disappointments, and enables the weakest child to stand tall and straight in the fields of adversity. I believe that this love, even at its best, is only a shadow of the love of God, a dark reflection of all that we can expect of him, both in this life and in the next.”
I hope that each of you will pause a truly thank God for the wonderful gift that he has given each of us in our mothers. They are truly a light in our world! Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! We love you!!