by Macy Johnson
“May your father and mother be glad;
may she who gave you birth rejoice!”
(Proverbs 23:25 NIV)
Jeff, and I drove to South Carolina the day before Mother’s Day. His sister flew there from San Antonio to celebrate their Aunt’s ninety-first birthday and visit
with cousins. Our daughter drove down from North Carolina with her children to
join in the celebration. We laughed about times gone by as we enjoyed
everyone’s favorite submarine sandwiches on the warm, sunny deck and mouth-watering
cake in the air-conditioned home.
on the drive home that afternoon of all the mothers who had gathered to
celebrate the life of my husband’s family’s matriarch. What a joy to have our
daughter, now a mother herself, be there with us. Even though Jeff’s mother
passed away before I met her, I felt her presence there in spirit, too.
the piano for the Mother’s Day morning worship service, I sat on the dock and
enjoyed a peaceful afternoon with Jeff and his sister. Left alone to monitor
the fishing, I noticed a jerky yank at the end of one of the poles. I first dismissed
it as a pesky turtle, but then resolved to play with it for a while. After a
game of tug-o-war for several minutes, a catfish splashed on the surface! I
reeled it in and was thrilled! It had been a long time since I caught a fish. Jeff
tossed my mother fish with a swollen belly full of fish eggs, providentially caught
on Mother’s Day, back into the lake. She lived that day to birth many more fish
for us to catch at a later date.
“Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.”
(1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV)
thank God for all the mothers in my life. I hope you will, too!