As recent as the second half of last year (2020) I talked with my Mom about Heaven. And I recall, in one of our Sunday phone conversations, saying how she wouldn’t be my Mom in Heaven. I told her, “Just think…in Heaven, you’ll be my sister forever.” And she said something like, “Now, wait a minute. I’m always gonna be your mom.” That’s a particularly poignant memory on this first motherless Mother’s Day.”
Yeah, for the first time in my life I’m motherless on Mother’s Day.
And it’s sad for me. But it’s glorious for my Mom…my sister.
I can only imagine the wonders she’s experienced in the last 90 days. And she, no doubt, has a much clearer and vivid understanding of what Paul said to the Corinthians about Heaven. Mom has been “caught up into Heaven.” And she’s heard “inexpressible words.” But she’s able to fully understand them now.
So, on this first motherless Mother’s Day in my life, I know my Mom would like all you moms to know there are plenty of us who appreciate how you…
- Withstood the months of pregnancy
- Withstood the pains of childbirth
- Fed your babies when they cried at 3 a.m.
- Fixed “boo boos”
- Kissed away pain
- Hugged away frowns
- Cooked breakfasts, made lunches, and prepared dinners
- Washed clothes even after laundry was all done
- Taught truth, hope, and love…and readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic
- Fought tangled hair, torn pants, and missing shoestrings
- Remembered birthdays with just the right proportion of chocolate icing to vanilla ice cream
- Listened to stories of triumph, tragedy, and utter despair (mostly from teenage girls)
- Made or bought costumes for every goofy event imaginable
- Went to plays, sporting events, and music presentations…cheering for that one child who was obviously the natural born talent
- Brought the “something borrowed” or “something blue” to the bride-to-be just at the right time
- Danced the mother/son dance with the groom who had been her dragonslayer only “weeks ago” it seems
- Made special homemade desserts for the kids and grandkids when they came over for Thanksgiving
- Brought an elegant grace to the process of aging
- Made us believe there’s a forever, a God who loves us, and a knowledge that we’ll have eternity in paradise
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