A mother’s unfailing love
Our mothers get recognized once a year for their year-round selfless dedication to rearing a family. With a few senseless exceptions, mothers would give their life for their babies, protecting and nurturing them to the best of their abilities.
My mother was blind in one eye from birth and had difficulties all her life seeing properly with the other eye. Yet she raised four children, each of whom had no doubt she possessed eyes in the back of her head. I don’t suppose we could thank the mothers of the world enough for their endless hours of work dedicated to the education and comfort of their children. Mothers can express their wonderful love in so many ways, sometimes it can be scary. But we all know, generally, her bark is worse than her bite. She still loves me.
Who other than a mother knows what the world looks like at 2 a.m., 3 a.m., and 4 a.m.? -- And feels like she will never again get a full night’s sleep. Who other than a mother is able to carry a diaper bag, a stuffed animal, shopping bag, purse, baby, and keys (all in one arm), while keeping the other hand available to unlock the car, open doors, or hold the hand of another child? Who other than a mother can eat peanut butter and jelly for several days in a row, counts fruit snacks as a fruit, and thinks McDonald’s (with a playground) is one of the best restaurants in town?
Who other than a mother never goes to sleep at night until each child is checked on, covered up, and kissed? Who other than a mother drives a car decorated with a car seat or two, empty juice boxes, fruit snack wrappers, a variety of toys and books, and several stale French fries? Who other than a mother can spend her afternoon playing a simple board game, while watching a “Thomas the Train” video and reading aloud from the book Go Dog, Go, knowing that it is time well spent? Who other than a mother can remember the exact moment her baby smiled for the first time, took their first step, or finally said “ma-ma” after saying “da-da” for months?
Who other than a mother with endless chores of dishes, laundry, and cleaning would stop in the middle of these tasks when she hears, “Mommy, will you play with me?” Who other than a mother will worry constantly and pray consistently for her children, and know that the most important thing that she can do for her children is to teach them that God loves them more than she ever could.
[Ephesians 6:2; Psalm 71] If you are a breathing somebody, you have been birthed; you have a mother. She has carried you inside her body while, as David wrote of his intimate relationship with God even before he was born, so perfectly stated, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).
The job of all parents is to do their best to work themselves out of a job. To physically nurture a child to maturity takes some finesse that, I believe, can only come from a mother. Self-sustaining independence of a child comes from learning and observing the performances of both parents, but mothers instill that resonance of caring love that even the toughest macho dude tends to eke out when introduced to his first newborn. Yeah, tears of joy come from a loving mother.
Moms have the toughest time turning loose of their babies, but I think it’s not near as hard when she has had a firm hand in their spiritual growth. No, she can’t save you or forgive your sins as does God, but she has the greatest opportunity to plant the Word of God in the heart of her children. I can testify to my mother’s unfailing love for me through my faith in my Lord and Savior.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.
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