A mother is someone who has developed a nurturing spirit. She gives of herself constantly without complaint. She puts the needs of a hurting soul before her own and takes time to listen. May mothers everywhere have a blessed and joyful day with their families.
My mother turned 80 yesterday and I’m so thankful she is still here with us today and able to enjoy life. She’s a young 80, just as bright-eyed and caring as she’s always been. She may use a cane to help keep her balance when walking, but she says, “You’re only as old as you feel you are, and in my heart I feel young.” It certainly seems to work for her.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible speaks of love and to me this symbolizes the love every mother has for her child. I’ve posted it here for easy reference. Pay special attention to verses 4 through 7 for God’s definition of love.
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.