God bless all mothers, grandmothers everywhere
Happy Mother’s Day (Sunday) to all the mothers across the globe. The healing, healthy love of a mother can mean the world to the children and to her children’s children. I know the world is not perfect and many have had or currently have issues with their mothers. It happens and forgiveness is often necessary under the love of God. In my own life, my mother passed around this time of year in 2014. I was just amazed at the people who came out to pay respects at her funeral. I often wonder where all these people were before the person passes, but oh well, that’s the way things go.
My mom lived her last year or so in the nursing home. I have rich memories of wonderful visits there, either helping her eat dinner or sitting with her watching the birds. I could almost always find my mom by the aviary (large indoor area) watching birds. She always loved nature and nature’s creatures.
In the last year of my mom’s life I would always leave her with a kiss and hug and the words “I love you!” My mom would always answer back “I loved you first!” And she’s right – she did but she never said that during my life, at least not that I recall. So that became her response to me every time in her last year “I loved you first!”
On this one occasion I brought along a devotional book to read to my mom. She was not overtly religious and didn’t attend church, but I thought I would give it a shot. She and I would rock in rocking chairs and she would be semi-asleep, or semi-awake due to her medicine and the increasing issues with lung cancer. As we rocked, I read her some devotional things and some Bible verses. As I was reading to her that day I took a chance and said something about God’s love in Jesus, which I’ve not done much before. I told her, “You know, Mom, God loved you first!” And she said in her semi-sleepy way “Um, hmm, that’s right, honey, that’s right.” And, silently, we just kept rocking.
God bless all mothers and grandmothers everywhere.