by David Sitzes
In two days we'll be celebrating Mothers Day. So what can be said about mothers? In the Bible it says in Proverbs 31: 10-31 (Good News Translation). That a wife "is" worth far more than Jewels, one whose husband can put his confidence in because she does him good and never harm. She is busy making wool and linen. She goes to the store and gets food for the family. She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family. She takes care of the finances. She is a hard worker, strong and industrious. She knows the value of what she makes and works late into the night. She is generous to the poor and needy. She makes sure her family dresses warm when it is cold.
She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future. She speaks with a gentle wisdom. She is always busy and looks after her family's needs with love. Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her. Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a mother who honors the Lord should be praised. Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone.
I totally agree with this. A good and loving mother is a big part of any family. My mother, who is with God now, was a very caring and loving person and I do miss her so, but will one day be with her as well as the rest of my family and friends that have already crossed over to be in heaven. What a great time that will be. Some time back I came across a story about God and Mothers that I filed away and would like to share it with you all.
"By the time the Lord made woman, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An angel appeared and said, 'Why are you spending so much time on this one?' And the Lord answered, "Have you seen the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable and able to run on diet coke and leftovers, have a lap that can hold four children at one time, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart -- and she will do everything with only two hands.'
The angel was astounded at the requirements. 'Only two hands? No way! And that's just on the standard model? That's too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.' 'But I won't,' the Lord protested. 'I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to My own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick and can work 18 hour days.' The angel moved closer and touched the woman. 'But you have made her so soft, Lord.' 'She is soft,' the Lord agreed, 'but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.' 'Will she be able to think?' asked the angel. The Lord replied, 'Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason and negotiate.'
The angel then noticed something, and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek. 'Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.' 'That's not a leak,' the Lord corrected, 'that's a tear!' 'What's the tear for?' the angel asked. The Lord said, 'The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, her grief and her pride.' The angel was impressed. 'And what will you call her?' God said, 'She will be called, 'Mother'!' 'You are a genius, Lord' the Angel said, 'You thought of everything! Mother is truly amazing.'
And she is! Mothers have strengths that amaze men. They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up to injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution. They go without so their family can have. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can help to heal a broken heart. Mothers come in all sizes and in all colors and shapes. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a Mother is what makes the world keep turning! They bring joy and hope. They have compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Mothers have vital things to say and everything to give.
In closing I'd like to add one more thing, I read a poem about mothers some time back and this one line in it really stuck in my mind. It goes like this:
God bless these special mothers, God bless them everyone, for all the love, tears and heartaches, and all the special work they've done!
To all the mothers out there, have a very happy Mother's Day.