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A Mother’s Presence

by Joanna Pierce on May 10, 2017

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates (Proverbs 31:25–30, KJV).

Years ago, I was in a testimony service. A young lady stood up and said, “I thank God my mother was there when I was born.” This statement generated many laughs from the congregation. No one was quite sure how her mother could have been absent during her birth; it was pretty much a guarantee she would have been present. But, this sister’s praise was genuine—she was very thankful her mother was there when she was born.

Years later, this statement, as humorous as it was, makes me think about how we assume the presence of our Mothers, or a Mother-like figure, in our lives is a guarantee. Their presence has become the everyday norm; we don’t think twice that these wonderful women could ever be absent from our lives.

I think back over my life and can see how my mother was always there. She was the one who got me ready for school in the morning, fixed my hair, and made my meals every day. She was the one who applied a cool, damp cloth to my head when I had a fever, bandaged up scrapes and cuts, and covered me with calamine lotion when I had the chicken pox.

She was the one who reattached Barbie doll heads, endlessly patched-up my favorite rag doll, and stepped on LEGOs in the middle of the night I left on the floor of my room. She painstakingly endured my early years in piano instruction, read me bedtime stories, and tolerated listening to my boring made-up ones. She was a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, and a source of wisdom.

There’s so much I could say about my mother: she’s always been there—supporting, loving, and taking care of me, my sisters, and my dad in every way that she could. She was so constant, so faithful; someone we all truly took for granted; someone we didn’t and still don’t thank God for every day.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and it’s a time we take to reflect on, show our appreciation for, and praise our Mothers, or Mother-like figures, in our lives. It’s the world’s way of reminding us to demonstrate our love at least once a year.

But, Scripture doesn’t quantify the frequency of praise we should give our Mothers or Mother-like figures. A Proverbs 31 woman says her children will rise up and call her blessed and her husband will praise her. Our Mothers exemplify a Proverbs 31 woman—and beyond—continuously, so we should praise them daily and multiple times a day!

I hope my Mother knows how thankful I am for her, not just on Mother’s Day, but every day that I live. I am incredibly blessed to have her in my life; I know it would be vastly different without her.

Let’s thank our Mothers, or Mother-like figures, for everything they’ve done for us. We’ll never know when we’ll get another opportunity. And, let’s also praise the Lord for the ministry of Motherhood. We should thank God our Mothers were there when we were born. We love you Mothers!