Today is Mother’s Day, 2022. As I was reflecting on this day earlier, I realized that the last time I wished my mother a wonderful day was in 1998, the year that she died. Now, as they say, all my wishes are for a great heavenly day- as we wish our mothers Happy Birthday or Anniversary or remember them on this annual day of celebration.
I am fortunate to have friends that still have their mothers who are living. Admittedly, this is a little unusual as we approach 70 but isn’t it wonderful that people my age, or even older, still have the ability to interact with their mothers – what a blessing that truly is!
It is also wonderful to note that our two daughters are both mothers and it is great to see that they have their own families to raise. Regardless of whatever else happens in their lives, our own kids know that their mother loves them beyond measure – and we support all three of our children – unconditionally in whatever they choose to do with their lives. The same holds true with the next generation as well.
Janet and I became parents in 1975 when Kristin was born. Wh0 would have thought that we would be sitting here, almost 47 years later, still being blessed by our kids and their kids. And to think that they all live within 10 minutes of us brings joy beyond measure to Janet and me. Tonight, we held our first Chicago dog night of the season. Since our kids were very young they have been raised to know and to appreciate how a hotdog from Chicago is prepared.
Of course, and I think everyone knows this, you can’t use ketchup. But mustard, sport peppers, onions, neon green pickle relish and a little celery salt are always a part of our preparations. Everyone was excited to start up the summer season with tonight’s event. It is so wonderful to live life with the kids and their families.
Aside from Mother’s Day, we also have a family birthday to celebrate tomorrow. Our grandson, Carter, is turning 18 and will be going away to school in the fall. Truly, there is something to celebrate almost every time we get together.
Mothers should be celebrated every day – not just once a year. In most cases, moms are the first people in our lives who love us unconditionally. Of course, there are exceptions to that, but for most people, they can identify a significant “mom” who has helped make them who they are today.
The Bible is full of references to mothers. The best known verses have to do with the ten commandments where we are told we are to honor our fathers and our mothers. But King Solomon, the author of Proverbs, also has some thoughts on mothers and how important they are. Our verse for tonight comes from this book of wisdom. We are told about mothers in Prov. 31:25-28, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her…”
My encouragement this evening is that God wishes for us to honor our mothers every day. My prayer is that we will all stop and spend a little time realizing how blessed we are that God provided us a mother or other responsible mother figure who has helped us attain the life that we have. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace… and Happy Mother’s Day to all moms everywhere!