Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way,
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
–Martin Rinkart, 1636
A few years ago, I posed this question. Here are some of my favorite replies:
- “Sleep when the baby sleeps!”
- “Your attitude is a choice you make each day. Choose wisely!”
- “Wiggle the door nob.” In other words, just because an opportunity looks closed to you, doesn’t mean it actually is.
- Marry someone you respect.”
- “Just add butter.”
- “Assume good intentions.”
- “Keep the faith!”
My own mother was supportive, strong and smart. She was a master gardener and darn good cook. She drove a tractor and was crazy competitive at Trivial Pursuit.
She wasn’t big on dispensing wisdom, but I always knew where I stood with her. Watching her tackle life with gusto and her faith with grace was clear counsel.
I miss her mightily.
I know Mothers Day brings up all kinds of thoughts and emotions, but maybe a good way to reflect on this occasion is to ask: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?
Please share your thoughts, my wise friends.
See you in worship,
PS This Sunday, I will be preaching on the blessings that come when one generation shares its faith with the next, as together we continue our encounter with your favorite Bible passages.