Editorial: Lifetime unconditional motherly love

May. 10, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

In one of our favorite passages from scripture, 1 Corinthians 13:11 reads, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.

“When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”

There is goodness, strength and knowledge in verse 11. And, of equal fortune for us, our mothers always see us as their baby. No matter our age, we never outgrow it, and that is a true blessing of life.

For children without mothers or who don’t know their mothers, our hearts are broken and heavy. We can’t imagine all they miss. It extends beyond the tangible and easily seen. The fabric of the relationship between mother and child runs so very deep and wide.

But families of today have differing circumstances, and each is unique. Mothers included.

When we’re small, we look into the face of our mothers and see nothing but love. It is unconditional love, that which only a mother can give. Yes, even when they’re scolding and teaching valuable lessons.

As we age, we laugh with them at the ringer we’ve put them through. And often, they chuckle as they see their grandchildren put us through similar circumstance.

The circle of love is unbroken. The pride of parents and grandparents never wavers.

Mothers can be as comforting as anything we’ve clutched in our many years, teddy bears included. They are often the best we know on this earth.

The things we cannot comprehend, they have explained them. The things we cannot explain, they have understood.

They are a blessing, one of a kind, and in no way replaceable.

We should be thanking them today, and more days during the year. We should be apologetic, for giving them the roller coaster of life through our journeys to becoming responsible.

But most of all, we should be celebrating our mothers. If today is the only time, do the little extra, make her feel special. And if she is no longer here, we hope a moment is taken to thank God above for having been with her, and to recall her memory with a smile, and with warmness in our heart.

Happy Mother’s Day.