A Mother’s Last Words

Through my travels I often come in contact with women from all walks of life.  I encounter doctors, lawyers, nurses, students,

Rose Carr, Women's Ministry Coordinator for Southwest Region Conference

Rose Carr, Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Southwest Region Conference

accountants, social workers, flight attendants, domestic cleaners, receptionist, bus drivers, professors, teachers, scientist and housewives; you get the picture.  I am always amazed at the different facets of life and the commonality we all share as mothers.  Regardless of your status in life, ultimately our love and concern for our children will bring us to our knees in prayer, on their behalf; we understand the pain while battling breast cancer; going through a divorce; losing a loved one; and being physically, sexually or emotionally abused.  We are strong, intelligent, beautiful, loving, kind, considerate, and caring women who have faced things in life that has not only broken our spirits, but has also served to strengthen us through life difficulties.

A mother’s love is sometimes unexplainable, you don’t know why you love the way you do, but that love, coupled with God’s love, can move mountains.   It is also strange how that same mountain can feel like a burden when that love is stretched to the limit.  Suddenly you understand God’s love in I Corinthians 13, where love suffers long and is kind.  The last thing you want to be is kind at the time when your child calls home and says they are in jail, or your child announces that they are pregnant, or you lose your child to the world and they are spiritually dying before your very eyes.  Then I am reminded in verse seven, that Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all thing, endures all things.  Then just when you are at the end of your rope, verse eight says, “Love never fails.”  In the notes of my Andrews Study Bible it reads, “Of our spiritual gifts, only love will survive as part of the new creation.”  WOW!

God has given me two biological children, but has entrusted me to many, many others in my community, my church, and my family.  Those who have not birthed a child but has mothered a sister’s child, or married, and is now a part of a blended family and nurtured those children as if they carried them for nine months encourages me.  I am reminded of my childhood and growing up in a foster-care home after being placed there at seven months old.  I remained in my foster mother’s care until I was twenty years old.  God kept me in that home for twenty years, which was uncommon during my time, and as I grew older, I understood that He has had His hands on directing my path since I was a baby.  This lesson taught me, and let’s me know that God is in control and we have to allow His will to be done.   I have a friend who puts it best, and she says, “God is God all by Himself.”

Let me remind you of some of the wonderful mothers in the Bible who set the trend: Eve, Abigail, Rahab, Rizpah, Leah, Bathsheba, Ruth, Rachel, Hannah, Deborah, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, to name a few.  Amongst these mothers you have an array of ladies with commonalities like ours.  They either married the wrong guy, were a prostitute, children had issues, they suffered, they killed and some were killed, was molested, they encountered death; were barren, lacked, self-esteem, or their love for a man was one-sided.   Nothing has changed!  The birth mothers of the Bible days had challenges just like we do today, but it did not change how they cared for and love their children.

 Recently I attended the funeral of Karlette Tyler Holloway, a young lady who loss an eight-year battle to breast cancer.  During the funeral, a story was told that some of the last words she uttered were “take care of my children.”  In spite of all she had gone through, she never stopped being a concerned mother to her daughter and son.  “Take care of my children”; regardless of what I am going through, I remain a mother.  As you reflect on those last words, it is my hope and prayer that the Lord gives each of you the strength to live your lives knowing that God will take care of your children.    

As you live, let your legacy be the mother who stays on her knees in prayer; the one who is still trusting in God’s unchanging hand; the one who sets prayer vigils at night when everyone else is asleep; and the one who knows that God is God all by Himself.

During the month in which we are celebrated, embrace your God given talents and allow God to reign supreme in your life as the mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend that God would have you to be.

 

Rose Carr, Coordinator

Women’s Ministry

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