“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
Thoughtfully graceful; these are the adjectives I think of when I think of you. This is the legacy you have given to your children and grandchildren. This is your blessing to us and God’s blessing to you.
While I was growing up I was both thoughtless and ungraceful. I remember being hauled into the principal’s office in elementary school on multiple occasions for either a poor attitude or inappropriate behavior against another child. I remember fighting with the neighbor kids and being cruel to my siblings. I was tremendously self-centered and prideful.
But yet you consistently administered grace to me, thoughtfully. You gifted me with affirmation and supported me in my endeavors. You helped and taught me as I struggled to live life on life’s terms. You worked with me when I was having difficulty getting along with others and gifted me with unconditional love when I was unlovable.
You taught me to dress up when I felt down and prodded me ahead when I wanted to hide. You helped me learn the word ‘perseverance’ in my first real job. You encouraged me to not think so much about myself but rather to think about others. You taught me how to be careful in how I say things and do them.
You brought me to church when I didn’t want to, only to discover that church was fun. You were always active and involved and encouraged me to enjoy the things of life as you did. Even in the difficult season of adolescence, when my heart became hard, you prayed for me and administered grace thoughtfully.
I know I’m not perfect in the areas of grace and thoughtfulness. I still have much to learn and practice. I’m quite sure I will never completely arrive until I enter into the Lord’s glory. However, I can strive to pass these characteristics on to my own children now as you strived to do with me. You stand as my example.
This is the gift and blessing you have given me and I pray that these same gifts and blessings will be perpetuated for many generations to follow. Mom, thanks so much for your unconditional love, your grace and thoughtfulness. Your influence upon my life is one of my greatest treasures. I love you.
Happy Mother’s Day!
• The Rev. Glen Morden is minister of Patterson Covenant Church. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.