Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.  Proverbs 31:28

It’s a special Praise the Lord Sunday when we honor our mothers.  So after you have praised and worshipped God today, remember your mother.

For me it has been a great honor and joy to be a mother and grandmother.  However, being a mother is hard work and it sometimes takes a toll on your heart.  When I think of my children growing up, every year was so special.  I don’t think I have a favorite year.  This morning my heart also goes out to mothers who have had to bury their children, regardless of the age.  That must be one of the hardest things to deal with as a parent.  My memories go back to my grandmothers, when I was a child.  That was a very special time for me.

Mothers have a special role.   They know their children before they are born. They always remember the pains of pregnancy and delivery.  They respect and support their husbands, if they are married.  Some mothers have the role of both parents.  They sometimes share in and sometimes are solely responsible for the household duties.  They have to be nurse, counselor, safety inspector, storyteller, chef, entertainer, chaperone, coupon queen, accountant, personal secretary, and so much more.  Most mothers today have all these roles, while working and going to school full-time.  When I meet God I am going to ask, but I think probably the majority of the prayers come from mothers.  Most mothers would throw themselves in harms way to save their children, and most have countless sleepless nights before their children are grown.  Then, whenever the children grow older, mothers have to let go.  It’s a painful but necessary process.  I’m very fortunate that my children live nearby and come to visit regularly.

God gives mothers a special role, and we should all be thankful for the mothers in our lives.  God bless you.

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