As some of you may know, I’m at my Mom’s house in Southern Illinois this week to celebrate my Mom’s birthday (Today, July 3rd). I’ve posted a couple of times a tribute I wrote to my Mom on Mother’s Day, posting a picture of her being a queen (2007 & 2011). There’s lots that could be said about my Mom and what she means to me and my siblings. Here’s a couple of things…
1) Her Strength – when my father passed away tragically in 1998, I remember walking into my Mom’s house after driving all night and having her collapse in my arms. Those days of planning the funeral made me a man who had to be strong for my family, but I learned so much from my Mom’s strength in those days. Then, this year, after my Mom’s tireless service to her own father and his passing, I was reminded of her strength again. We know in many of our families that Mom holds much together. It is certainly true for us. Thanks, Mom, for being so strong.
2) Her Love – Never have I doubted my Mom’s love for me. Everything from being hard on me as a teenager to make right choices to calling me a few weeks ago to confess a way she might have wronged me when I was 14, my mother constantly showers me with love through her selfless life. She gives herself so much for our family and it’s hard for me to imagine life without her.
3) Her Faith – Growing up with both my grandfathers being pastors and then having a father who was a pastor, I have quite a heritage, but this also exists in my Mom’s life. When a SS teacher was needed, she learned how to teach in the youth department. When an organist was needed, she used her piano skills to learn how to play organ. She continues to live what she believes and this was even highlighted again as I interacted with Mom’s co-workers. Her faith continues to inspire me.
So, today, July 3, my Mom turns 65 years on this planet. These 65 years are a gift from God so that through her strength, love and faith, I might be pointed back to the God who blessed me with such a mother. Love you, Mom, and I’m praising God for you today.