Instead, we were like young children[a] among you.
Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9
Our Pastor gave an amazing Mother’s Day message drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2: 7-9 above.
During the course of his teaching he asked,“What do you miss most about your Mother?”
What a profound, thought provoking question! How in the world do you reduce all that embodies “ Mom” and formulate an answer to that question?
We talked about it on the way to purchase “babies” (flowers) for the back deck. Mom Davis was a Master Gardener. We always buy her favorite flowers for the deck at this time of year in her memory. She “ moved” to Heaven (“arrived” as our Pastor said) eight years ago. We were holding her hand as she made that transition. Flowers constantly remind us of sweet “Mum,” and we often wish she were here to identify a plant or give us advice on growing a rare species! But… what we miss the most is her kind and gentle selfless life. She always thought of others, put others first, served others and never said an unkind word!
What an example to follow.
How much can a 9 year old girl remember about her mother? Yes it has been many decades since my Mom moved in with Jesus, but somehow she crammed in a lifetime of teaching before she left. I miss her magnificent piano playing. She was a concert pianist before she eloped with my Dad. (I refused to elope when Dad suggested it, I wanted a wedding!)
But… what I miss the most is my Mother’s prayers! Daily she was on her knees beside her bed, and daily she invited me to kneel with her. There is no doubt that her prayers are still being answered today. So on this Mother’s Day my prayer is more to ask the question of these two beautiful Mothers,
“Am I making both of you proud?
Does my life reflect the qualities you lived out before me when you were alive on Earth and pouring into me?”
So on this Mother’s Day, I am asking Jesus to help me emulate these spirit-filled ladies to impact my own children and the next generation for His glory. In the end, that is all that matters!