It is hard to believe that 12 years have passed since my life-altering journey began. Looking back at that critical juncture, l know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am here today because you saw my need and filled it with love.
I smile because I am amazed by your willingness to sacrifice your limited time and precious resources in order to make my day a little brighter and my step a little stronger. You have taught me some valuable lessons that have enabled me to make strides in my return to physical independence. Although I am much stronger now, I am no longer afraid to lean on you. Thank you for being patient with me. I never knew how much I needed you until I needed you. Your acts of love these many years have placed me on the path to healing. Your nurturing ways have helped me to better understand my purpose today, while creating a refreshing oasis for me to continue to grow in my relationship with my Creator and Friend. I couldn’t have done it without you.
As a wife, a daughter, a mother, a friend, (and a woman who prided herself in being able to complete most of her to-do lists each day), you can imagine how disappointed and betrayed I felt when my body would no longer support those lofty goals. “Mother”, you came to my rescue. I needed you then and I certainly need you now. This is you....
“A mother is a selfless, loving human who must sacrifice many of her wants and needs for the wants and needs of others. “ Jennifer Creer
I am extremely fortunate to have been “Mothered” by grandmothers, single mothers, childless mothers, and motherless children. And in each of these relationships the common thread has always been your willingness to meet a need in spite of your own. You unknowingly exemplify the directive that Christ himself left with His disciples. In Matthew 12:48 - 50, Jesus makes it clear by asking the question:
“.....who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
Mother thank you for exchanging your will for His. Your selfless displays of love and commitment to me and to those you serve each day are a reflection of the character of God. You extend your hands and your heart with those uplifting phone calls, those timely cards and luncheon dates. Your sweet spirit reminds us to pull back the curtains, allowing the rays of sunshine to peek through. Your sense of humor propels us to laugh a little even when you are experiencing your own pain. Your delightful meals, your warm hugs, your prayers and your unconditional love are fuel for the body and the soul. Mother, we need you...
Today, I am stronger and able to stand with minimal assistance. You’ve taught me well and I am ready to pay it forward. I want to “mother” you as God has cared for me through you. Lean on me. Let me share a meal or two with you. I love to give warm hugs and tell funny stories. Mother, I am here for you. What can I do to help you see the rays of sunshine? I need you to need me.
Happy Mother’s Day my sisters! I celebrate you today and everyday for you are my friends, my mothers.