Salute to Our Mothers

“And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13

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I have to honestly say that Mother’s Day this year snuck up on me. I usually write a blog for Mother’s Day the Monday before it comes; not this year, missed it! But even a day late, I have to spend time talking about mothers, moms, grandmas and whatever else we call them.

Moms are the most important early force in our lives. The one thing our mothers give us is unconditional love. I do know that not everyone is blessed with a great mom, I spent my early career working with “behaviorally/emotionally handicapped” kids, many were foster kids or had other issues. But my number one greatest tool in that classroom was love.

The one thing I remember most about my mom, other than she loved me and my siblings, was that she was in love with my dad. They would do things together, meet for a drink or go for a ride or just sit and talk. Love was there. We always sat down together for dinner, to eat and talk about our day and just be together.

When I went to college, my mom called me once a week to share the news at home, about my sister and brothers, and to let me know she missed me and loved me. If I was having trouble I could talk to her about it. There was no judgement, just advice and assurance. She died in 2001 of cancer, way too soon. I miss her still.

My grandma was my spiritual guide. She gave me my first Bible. She took us to church and prayed for us and with us. She inspired me to find my own path to Jesus and God. She loved unconditionally. She was also a writer. She wrote letters, regularly. When her arthritis got bad, she switched to a typewriter. I still have all the ones she sent to me after I left for college and marriage. She also wrote (typed out) the story of her early life and gave a spiral-bound copy to each of the grandkids. I treasure it. I still miss her.

 

This week let’s remember the love of mothers, moms, grandmas and all those other women in our lives who loved us unconditionally and were supportive. Because “the greatest of these is love”.

 

I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we reminisce about the love of moms.

Blessings and love!

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