In many countries around the world, including Canada, the USA, Brazil, Australia, India, the Philippines, Germany and South Africa, the second Sunday of May is celebrated as Mother’s Day. It is a time to remember and commemorate the love, caring and nurture of one’s mother, grandmother, godmother or other mother-like figure in one’s life.
It is a reminder to honour that unconditional love, support, strength and wisdom that the mothers in our loves offer us.
In reflecting on Mother’s Day, I was looking through a book of prayers, reflections and clippings that my own (biological) mother put together and gave me. In it, I came across a clipping from a church bulletin entitled, A Mother’s Beatitudes that I’d like to share with you (author unknown):
“Blessed is the mother who understands her child, for she shall inherit a kingdom [dominion] of memories.
Blessed is the mother who knows how to comfort, for she shall possess a child’s devotion.
Blessed is the mother who guides by the path of righteousness [morality], for she shall be proud of her offspring.
Blessed is the mother who never is shocked, for she shall receive confidence.
Blessed is the mother who teaches respect, for she shall be respected.
Blessed is the mother who emphasizes the good and minimizes the bad, for in like manner the child shall make evaluations.
Blessed is the mother who treats her child as she would be treated, for her home shall be filled with happiness.
Blessed is the mother who answers simply the startling questions, for she shall always be trusted.
Blessed is the mother who has character strong enough to withstand the thoughtless remarks and resentments of the growing child, for again, in due time, she shall be honoured.”
This reflection reminds us of what it truly means to be a mother. Whether we are male or female, we are reminded of the virtues of a mother’s love and care.
For a person who has the qualities of —
understanding, comfort, morality, acceptance, respect, wisdom, and strong character, and who has a positive outlook on life treating others as he or she would like to be treated,
— is truly a MOTHER, a caregiver, a nurturer, a teacher, a guide and creator of life.
For me, a mother’s love is captured by the feeling one gets when standing in a sunbeam and being wrapped in a warm, comforting hug. It is also how I view God – the God of many names – Mother, Father, Creator, I Am (Hebrew: Ehyeh), Comforter, Wonderful Counselor, Quiet Light, Peaceful Dove, and countless others. [What is your name for that feeling of unconditional love? Complete the sentence, “A mother’s love is…” in the comment section below.]
We all receive that unconditional love from someone in our lives, even if it is from the Mother within you.
So this Mother’s Day, take the time to be still, reflect on all those who give you unconditional, motherly love, including connecting with the “mother” within you. Be unconventional and express the gratitude you have for that love to the “mothers” in your lives. For in so doing, we realize that we are all connected and embraced by LOVE.