Happy Mother’s Day! To all Appleton Christian School mothers and grandmothers: Thank you for all your love and sacrifice for your children! It is truly a blessing to work with you concerning your child’s education.
How does one describe a mother? One who is sharing, sparing, caring, and daring? Certainly! Mothers are builders, they help build the family from its roots up-ward. Mothers are part of the foundation of each family. Mothers do heroic deeds, plant seeds, leads, feeds, heeds, and tends to needs. Solomon states in Proverbs 6:20-21:
“My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.”
This confirms the importance that a mother plays in the family structure. Former First Lady Barbara Bush has a unique story of motherhood. She was the wife of one president and the mother of another president. She spent much of her time raising five children, one of whom was diagnosed with dyslexia. Barbara Bush had a lifelong passion for literacy. She was quoted as saying, “You don’t just chance into things as much as you’d like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it’s friendships or opportunities.” Mothers are part of the foundational building blocks in the family. I wrote the following poem to honor all of our mothers whether they are still with us or in heaven. It is entitled “She”.
by Jim Meyer
She wipes tears, calms fears, and is a home maker,
With strong will, expert skill, she’s the world’s greatest baker!
She prepares food, with tomatoes stewed, and is a gourmet cook,
With dish water hands, clean pans, and time to read me a book!
She runs the house, chases a mouse, and keeps the rooms clean,
With old rags, garbage bags, she’s the best you’ve ever seen!
She cleans clothes, folds in rows, and is the family tailor,
With prayer in stormy seas, on her knees, she guides like a seasoned sailor!
She offers to pray, throughout the day, and builds our family high,
With church shoes, Sunday pews, and Jesus she won’t deny!
She lays ground rules, offers learning tools, her voice we will obey,
With stern looks, and pruning hooks, she helps us find our way!
She talks to my teacher, calls the preacher, and leads us to the truth,
With Bible in hand, infant to promise land, she pulled my first tooth!
She loved me, it’s plain to see, and nurtured God’s call,
With prayers to heaven, seventy times seven, she portrayed Jesus most of all!
Calling all mothers and grandmothers! Yours is a special calling. Thank you for all the great food. My whole childhood seems to be filled with leftovers. I don’t think the original meal has ever been found!! Mothers and Grandmothers, thank you for your prayers. My own mother and mother-in-law were the two greatest prayer warriors I have ever known! Happy Mother’s Day!