Many of you have heard it said by WLFJ that, “If we have been a blessing to you, won’t you be a blessing to us.” If anyone has been a blessing to you, it has been mother. I admit not every mother is a blessing and there are sure to be some mothers who haven’t been to their families what they wished for but on the whole, most mothers are admired and loved by their families. It is this kind of mother we see Proverbs 31. Was she perfect, no, but the Scripture seemed to paint a great picture of this woman who was a faithful mother and also a faithful wife and citizen as well. If you go back into the passage you will see what kind of woman she was: strong, caring, of noble character, hard worker, not lazy, talented and skilled, willing to teach her children, wise, faithful but most of all she was a woman who feared the Lord.
This passage is used many times as a funeral passage for women who were great wives and mothers. I have used this Scripture like that too. Today, I would like to show honor and appreciation to the mothers we have here, as well as those who have gone on before us in death. As with my mother, she has been gone from our family for almost twenty years now. That seems so hard to believe. Many of you have just lost your mother in death and the pain is still so real. Let me assure you there will be less pain but not less the memories of your beloved mother. For many of you, it has been a long time ago since your mother died because you are much older now yourself, with grandchildren and great ones too, but the memories are still fresh and warm. For some of you, you are hurting physically and emotionally because you are dealing with a very sick mother. Regardless of what status we are in with our mothers, count your blessings for they are many.
If your mother is not with you anymore now is a great time to remember and call out those blessings that she was to you and the family. Use this day to sit together as a family to discuss the times you had, the good and bad experiences that made you and your family what they are because of your mother. Bless her even though she may be gone because you will be better for doing so. The writer of Proverbs says, “Her children arise and call her blessed.” That is what you will be doing when you recall all the life experiences you have had with your mother and grandmother as well. I realize this isn’t “Grandmother’s Day,” if there is such a day, but many of us here may have had a grandmother who was more of a mother than our own biological mother. Celebrate her as well if she has meant much to you.
I love to remember things about my mom and speak blessings regarding her, for I know she gave up much for me and took great care of me. We were close and I was the most “wonderful son ever!!!!” She loved me more than all the rest!!!! Ha! Ha! To my brother and sister. The baby almost always has the last laugh! Thanks mom for the great times we had and the precious love you gave to me all those years as a kid, but thanks also for wanting to come and live with us and share your last days in our home, like I spent my first days in your home. Much of what I am today I owe to you, my mom.