In the middle of ever more demanding schedules at work, and less time at home, every day life seems to be tying us down more and more. But the second Sunday of May gives us the thoughtful opportunity to remember the moms in our lives. Sure we should take time more often than that to celebrate the greatness of our moms, but it seems that this is the day of special opportunity to tell her what she means to you. So for this Mother's Day, I'm writing about five of the most meaningful to me qualities I find in my own mom. In large measure, it was her influence, care, and teaching that led me to become the husband and father I am today. This entry is dedicated to my mom: Micki!
I've heard it said that good moms "listen and listen and listen." But true nurturing happens when a mom has listened to their child, and can then encourage the growth and development of the child in a positive and healthy way. Mom has always been a great listener. Even today, with her children (and grandchildren) she is always listening to the stories that made her kid's day. For somewhere in the story-telling expressions of her children, she finds joy. She takes pride in their triumph. She cries with them in their loss. She laughs with them at their jokes and antics. But why not? through her presence and input in their lives, she has created the environment for their pleasure and comfort. When she is present, they all feel safe.
In his book, "Lee: The Last Years," author Charles B. Flood tells the story of a post Civil War encounter between the South's war general and a lady from Kentucky. General Robert E. Lee was taken by the lady to the remains of a once majestic tree in her front yard where she cried with bitter remorse that its limbs and trunk had been destroyed by Union artillery fire.
General Lee contemplated the situation for a brief moment. This lady was looking for his condemnation of the north. So he spoke, "Cut it down, my dear Madam, and forget it."
"Forgive and forget" is what they tell us. Or was it, "Kiss and make up," or "Bury the hatchet"? Regardless of what they say, is it realistic?
It's all official. Silvia and went today to get our driver's licenses transferred and our new license plates. We are officially residents of the state of Washington. It may not seem like a big deal--but when you move around the country as much as we have, it is nice to be settled and have the security of that "I belong," or "I'm home," feeling.
But then add to that this:
Pastor Ben is a pastor, marriage counselor, and international lecturer on Bible prophecy for more than 18 years. His lectures and preaching appointments have taken him to Europe, Australia, and Central America. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor for the South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship in Tacoma, WA.