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A Mother's Love, Lessons and Labor

May 09, 2020
By Dr. Terry Flowers

As we approach Mother’s Day, I am reminded of the saying that goes like this....

To have a child is to forever have a piece of your heart walking around outside of your body.

I am also reminded that next to a mother's love the most valuable gift we receive from them are lessons. For many of us, these are lessons that endure the tests of time. They stay with us generations later and trickle down to our children and fan out to those that we come in contact with. This weekend some will be fortunate to have their mothers physically with them and others will be blanketed by the spiritual presence of their mothers.

Whether your mom is still here or has gone on ahead of you to glory you are still a piece of her heart walking around outside of her. Her lessons of the past are looking upon you and they are hoping that you are rooted in the righteous virtues she tried to instill in you. 

As we move into a Mother’s Day unlike any we have ever experienced with a pandemic commanding the attention of the world let us all go back to the old landmarks of the love, lessons, and labor they sacrificed on our behalf. Let us dive into the deep well of precious memories that helped to form that which is good in us. Let us use the gifts of goodness that were grafted from loving mothers to help guide us through these uncertain and uncomfortable times.

Just as we found peace like none other when we were cradled in the bosom of our mother’s arms let us now seek solace in THE COMFORTER in this time of confusion, distrust, struggle, suffering, selfishness, and strife.

I am reminded of a line from a song my mother sang in the choir and later remixed by late greats Al Green and Aretha Franklin...

“The Lord will make a way somehow “

None of us know exactly what lies ahead of this turbulent time but just as my mother would assure her five children during troubling times, I say to all who are Believers......... The Lord will make a way out of no way.


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Shila Jackson says:
May 09, 2020 12:18 PM CST
This was so beautiful, I love it.
Thank you.

Jay Riley-Galloway says:
May 13, 2020 12:08 AM CST
Well done, well said.

Andreary Turner says:
May 13, 2020 12:28 AM CST
Amen, God bless you and your family,

Marvie Parker says:
May 13, 2020 01:17 AM CST
Thank you Dr. Flowers for your words of wisdom. I too am reminded of a wise old song my mom use to sing, Peace Be Still. Looking at all the things going on today, there are some that realize that the Master is raging
and He and only He will say Peace Be Still.

Cousin Dirk says:
May 13, 2020 08:35 AM CST
Very inspiring, cuz! Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement. Blessings to you and your family.

Michelle kahill says:
May 13, 2020 10:34 PM CST
Than you, these words came as a comfort for my 3 grad children find theit way for another motherless day,the angel outside our hearts!