A few years ago, on Mother’s Day my daughter gifted me with a sweet little book called “For You, Mom” filled with quotes and quips about motherhood. I rediscovered it on my bookshelf yesterday and thought it would be nice to share a few quotes from it with you this Mother’s Day….
Historian Washington Irving said that “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
An old Spanish proverb declares, “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”
Nineteenth century poet Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that “The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”
Oprah Winfrey stated that “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”
And George Washington, military general, and founding father and first president of the United States, summed it up when he said, “All I am I owe to my mother.”
To all our fellow Moms and Grandmas out there, I know that this Mother’s Day is unlike any other Mother’s Day we have ever experienced, and it feels like we are fighting huge battles on every front right now. Many of us are weary and worried, and we just want things to get back to normal as quickly as possible. And some of us are missing and mourning loved ones who have passed on or are sheltering in place away from our loving hands, and eyes, and arms.
But Mothers and Grandmothers, Aunts and Sisters and Friends and Caregivers, we have got this. Because greater is HE that is in us, than any virus that tries to take over the world. As Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
God has a special place in his heart for mothers, so much so that he even promises to comfort his people the way a mother comforts her child, “For thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem’” (Isaiah 66:12-13).
Jesus knew what it was to feel the comfort of a mother, and even while on the cross, he made provision for her care in the midst of her grief (see John 19:26). Time after time, when women – mothers – came to Jesus, he saw them, he heard them, he strengthened them, he comforted them. He longs to do the same for us, especially in times of crisis and uncertainty.
So for those Moms who are feeling a little unsettled and uncertain about the future for their families this Mother’s Day, take heart and remember God’s promise that “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31).
And for all the beloved Grandmothers, praying for your families because you may have raised your children but you will never let them go, this promise is for you, from Psalm 103:1-5,
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
God is with us. His Blood covers us. His Spirit fills and comforts us. His Word strengthens us. His Promises protect and restore us. His Truth illuminates our paths. His Provision carries us, all the way home.
All of us at Speak Comfort wish you and your families a Happy Mother’s Day. We love you, and we are praying for you every day, in Jesus’ holy name.
Haywood, Robin. For You, Mom. Portland, ME: Sellers Publishing, Inc. 2015. Print.
All scriptures are from the English Standard Version translation.