May 13, 2012 marks the first Mother’s Day that I will not see, speak with, or spend time with my mother. My mother’s body became a victim to the effects of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, July 3, 2011 after a 2 ½ year bout with the disease. My mother’s spirit is with the Lord because 2 Corinthians 5:8 states “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
On this mother’s day I want to thank my Mom for fulfilling the first portion of Proverbs 14:1. My Mother was a wise woman who built her house according to the blueprint laid out by the Lord for her life. My Mom built her house for her five children in such a way that we were able to take portions of the house to use as the foundation for building our homes for our families. The plate reads “Forever Fruitful” and references John 15:5, where Jesus states “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” This is the wisdom that my Mother built her house and life upon and this is the inheritance that she left for her children’s children.
I have a great Mother-In-Law who loves me very much and loved my Mother like a sister. I also have been blessed to have various women care for me along my path and they have been mother figures. I am thankful to the Lord for placing all of these great women in my life, but my thanks for them cannot compare to how much I thank the Lord for my Mother. Beyond the physical manifestation of life, I would not be the person that I am today if it wasn’t for my Mother. My Mother even helped me to become a better man throughout her sickness and even more through her death.
My Mother’s funeral service taught me how to live. The love that was present at the service was the result of the life that my Mother lived. Once again she left a blueprint for me and my family to follow. So on this Mother’s Day I will take a moment to look up and talk to my Mom just to let her know that I am following the blueprint that she laid for her children and her children’s children. My prayer is that the Lord will bless anyone that is remembering their Mom on this Mother’s Day, Amen.