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.                                                                                              Proverbs 31:26-27

Today is Mother’s Day. There is good cause for this annual celebration of mothers. I believe that men like myself are in awe and wonder of the very birth process, and how women take on this incredible task of birthing children. Then comes the hard part- rearing those children with love and nurture!

I was incredibly blessed to have a loving, sacrificing mother, who showed me the way of disciplined living, and how to care for other people. Then, I made the best decision of my life, and married my wife, who is a great mother, and has raised two amazing young adults who now care for families of their own.

I marvel at the self-sacrifice of mothers. The love and attention of a mother is such a crucial gift. That legacy of great mothers needs to be passed from generation to generation. I also realize that, unfortunately, not all readers of this blog have been blessed with a mother who is caring, kind and wise. If that is the case, the challenge is to start a new legacy of nurture and love for future generations.

Maybe the “mother-figure” in your life was an aunt, a grandmother, a foster-mother, or perhaps another relative or close friend. Celebrate the love you received from that woman today, and, if possible, make sure to make known how important they are or were in your life.

The best way to celebrate great mothers is to carry on the legacy of love and care. That would make all those moms happy.

Prayer: Lord, we are grateful for our mothers, who showed your love through their own, Amen

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