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By Evelyn M. Bingham
SUN COLUMNIST & POET
How often do you show your loved ones
how you really feel about them, or do you
just assume, that they know. Not many, if
any of us, were born with the ability to read
another’s thoughts or emotions.
This is especially important when it
comes to Mothers, for although she may
know or understand you like none other,
she still needs to hear directly from you,
what your feelings are towards her.
A Mother rarely asks for what she wants
or needs. It is up to each child to show or express themselves in their own way, a way in which their Mother will understand.
Mothers are far less impressed or appreciative of material things as opposed to emotional expressions of love, for just as Aretha Franklin sang in one of her hit songs, Give Me Something I
Can Feel, it also applies to a Moms feelings. This is not to say that other gifts are not cherished, for they are. Mothers will accept and appreciate the loving intent of the giver!
If you are blessed enough to still have the presence of your Mother around you in your life, make sure that she knows how much you care for, love and appreciate her. Hearing from you and other family members alleviates her fears, as to your well being, it is when we, as Mothers, don’t hear from you, that worries begin. Whereas, a thoughtful phone call or a visit will bring more joy to her than you could imagine!
E-mails texts and other tech savvy forms of communication, are lost or rebuffed by a Mothers heart, we seek the real, unconditional, heartfelt expressions of love and respect and are most appreciative of the ability to see your face or hear your voice. We do accept Skype, or Face Time, if you are unable to be present in person.
Once a Mother is gone, her memory will remain vivid for many years to come and you will miss these opportunities for expressions of love. For many years after a mother’s death, you will probably reach for the phone to call her on those special occasions ….or just to say Hi! Show what you feel, Now, while you still can.
This is a Mother’s Day quote from Kate Douglas Wiggin, “Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends----but ONE Mother, in the whole world.”
Let us give honor to the Mothers in our lives, whether in person or in memory!! If you are a person who does not have a Mother to love, due to circumstances beyond your control, or whose memories of Mother do not evoke happiness, find a Mother figure whom you love, admire and respect and show her your affection! It will surely warm her heart!!
Happy Mother’s Day, to all who serve in the capacity of Mother!
Motherhood: As good as it gets!
By Evangelist Barbara Colbert
Webster defines motherhood as “a woman in relation to her child or children.” God
breathes life into His creation and he purposed
women to be the vessel by which he brings him
forth into this world. Motherhood is a privilege, a
calling, and above all, a blessing.
God, in all His infinite power, has fashioned
mothers in all variations; some good, some bad,
some indifferent. With this, the best perspective
concerning motherhood, is that which we glean
from the history of mothers since the beginning of
time, and to conclude that even our founding
mothers, were not all perfect.
M is for Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Barely a woman, Mary was chosen by God to be the vessel to bring His Son into this world, the Holy Redeemer who would usher mankind into reconciliation with the Father. Mary symbolized humility and faith in God’s supernatural intervention to achieve His plan of Salvation. Mary, mother of Jesus, was a mother above all others and forever remains in a class of her own.
O is for Orpah, the sister-in-law of Ruth. Because of her decision to separate from Ruth and return to her pagan gods, Orpah was recorded in history as a mother of missed opportunities. Jewish folklore portrays her as a woman morbidly corrupt and immoral, and due to her indiscretions, she bore four monstrous sons. Although Ruth became a part of the genealogy of Jesus, Orpah was ultimately killed. A mother who left a legacy of shame, degradation and tragedy.
T is for Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah and the mother of his twin sons. Tamar connived and seduced her father-in-law, Judah, and conceived twin sons, bringing about scandal, guilt and shame to God’s chosen people. Tamar, a mother who, through trickery, blackmail and incest, manipulated a position for herself and her sons in the ancestral tribe of Judah. But a mother nonetheless.
H is for Hannah, a woman of grace and favor, who suffered the humility of barrenness. Hannah petitioned the Lord in prayer and weeping. He opened her womb and she bore a son, the prophet, Samuel. Hannah was a mother full of praise and thanksgiving. She was blessed with five more children, the proverbial “quiver full”, pronouncing motherhood as truly a blessing and a gift from God.
E is for Eve, the mother of all humanity. She and Adam introduced the first act of disobedience and opened the door for the great transgression, mankind’s fall from grace. Eve was cursed to bring forth children in pain and suffering, and set the precedence for every mother throughout eternity. She was the first mother to experience the loss of a child through sibling rivalry. She was the mother of the first dysfunctional family, and the first mother to birth and bury a son, all in the calling of motherhood. Eve, the mother of sorrows then and now.
R is for Rahab, chronicled as a harlot and an outcast from reputable society, Yet, Rahab is moreover remembered for her faith and kindness to God's people, earning her favor in the eyes of God. Rahab was the mother of one son, Boaz, who was blessed to be the great grandfather of King David, earning himself and his mother a link in the lineage of Jesus.
Yes, let us concur that Motherhood is a gift from God. Functional or dysfunctional, it is essential to God’s plan for creation. So, bless the Lord for all the mothers from then to now, and remember - it’s as good as it gets!