Mother’s Day 2021

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26

Well another Mother’s Day is upon us, and with it comes hopefully the nearing end of the global pandemic. While I have been able to enjoy some time with my parents it is not the same. The long visits of days gone by are now shortened visits.

But now our family have been vaccinated and with it comes the hope for the return of long visits. Growing up my mom would always be instructing me and giving me advise and helping my dad mold me into the person I am today. For that I am grateful, at the time I was not grateful at times. But that is alright. Not every lesson and piece of advice is pleasant. But it is needed, I see that now.

An Autumn Buncn. After an original work by Francis Edward James (1849-1920). From The Studio Volume 37 [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1906] (Photo by Print Collector/Getty Images)
The Bible tells us we need to “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12.

A few years ago I was at a dead stop and rear-ended by a big pickup truck hauling a woodchipper. My car was annihilated, and I was left with severe whiplash and other complications. Pain has set in everyday since the accident.

But, part of my recovery has been the lessons I learned from my mom during the formidable years growing up. To enjoy the good days, fight through the bad ones. One lesson has stuck out like a sore thumb through the days, months, years, decades since, if you think you have it bad, someone else has it worse. Other people have greatly helped me as well, for that I am grateful beyond all measures.

This has nothing to do with being macho. It has everything to do to keep pushing through. I have tried to do that. Some days are easier than others. But that is alright. To tend to the things that really matter, my faith, family and friends.

I keep going because Jesus carried the cross. I keep going because I have a mom who gave me the instructions and advise needed for a time such as this.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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