She willingly walks through the valley of the shadow of death to give birth. Her role as our constant companion, counselor, listening post, car pool driver, servant-in-waiting, healer and scapegoat is an admirable one. Our gratitude for a good and godly mother should know no end. Wisely, Solomon appealed for us not to forget her when she is old.
To all of those who faithfully fulfill the role admirably, thanks and congratulations. Your contribution to the lives of your children is amplified by your contribution to society in general. You stand out among those who, by wrecking the cradle, rock the world like Everest on a Florida beach. If by honoring the virtuous mothers we encourage motherhood, the day will be well spent.
There was a day in writing about motherhood the word “mother” was hallowed.
Today a qualifier needs to precede it: “good mother.” A good mother is affectionate and attentive to her children. She gives them love spelled “t-i-m-e.” Devotion demands it. The importance of a positive disposition of a mother is stressed in this old Spanish quote, “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”
One of the cheeriest of mothers I have heard of told of her favorite Mother’s Days. Her young children insisted that she not lift a finger on Mother’s Day.
They were going to do all the cooking. They began by getting out three pots and in succession two frying pans, a double boiler, three mixing bowls, a chopping board, six measuring spoons, eight serving dishes — and was mom thrilled.! She said it was the best Jell-O she had ever eaten.
I was talking with the mother of a young child recently when suddenly, her toddler broke and ran.
As she immediately took after him she said, “Excuse me, my spiritual gift is chasing.” A good mom is attentive.
The scripture instructs us to “honor” our mother and in addition to encouraging it, I ask mom’s this question: are you honorable? Do you believe, say, and do things that give your child reason to honor you?
Recently, a local mom of four returned from five days on the road required by her job. The boys had been, as usual, let at home alone. He first stop was at a bar. There she said of her adolescent boys, “They are old enough to look after themselves; they know how to prepare food.”
The ancient sage wrote: “Train up a child in the way he should go.” The best way to do so is to walk in it yourself, mom.
A similar question is now posed for children. A pertinent Proverb offers this challenge. “Let your father and mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.” As a child, is your conduct, conversation and character such that make your mom rejoice? A major aspiration should be to make your mom rejoice. Her job is to so live as to make it easy for you to honor her.
I am blessed to live with the paragon of a good mother.
To her and all good moms, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.
The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta.