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May 5, 2015, 4:01 PM

Mothers Day without Mom


 

 This Sunday, May 10th is Mother’s Day. It will be a first for my brothers, my sister, and me. I think that's the way it is supposed to be. Last December all five of Mom’s children, and many of her grandchildren gathered in Abilene and buried her. So this is our first Mother’s day without Mom.

It will have been almost 5 months since she died early that December morning. I don’t know about my brothers and sister, but something is different for me. Oh don't misunderstand, things have been mostly getting back to normal, but something seems very different, and I know it is. We live life now, without Mom.

I hope you are blessed this weekend to spend time with those you love, especially your mother. For me, it will be a time of reflection and thanksgiving. Oh yes how I miss my Mom, but mostly I will think about how blessed I was to have her all my life. I will think about how she wanted all five of her children to be as good as they could be. I have made a list of things I am going to do this Mother’s Day.

Forgive. It may sound funny, but that’s the first thing I want to make sure I have done. I had some pretty good arguments with Mom the past few years of her life. All mothers are human and make mistakes. I did my best to offer forgiveness before she left this world; the time for forgiveness is now. Forgiveness brings our emotions back in balance. If you need to offer it to anyone, do it now.

Consider Her Advice. We all know, or at least should; Mom seemed to always know what was best. I pray you have or had a Mother that really knew what is best for you and your family.

Believe in Her Love for You. I could talk about Mom’s faith, hope or her love. I believe with all my heart, God’s love for her is eternal, and so is her love for me. What ever happened in our lives, I never doubted her love for me, my sister and brothers. That’s what I will think about, and be thankful for this Sunday.

Paul writes in 1st Corinthians; When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.

If and when you grow up, you can thank your mother.

These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

That’s why this Sunday; I will thank God for giving me such a “greatest Mom”.

Philip

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