When I say “Happy Mother’s Day”
May 10, 2020, 7:00 AM

When I say “Happy Mother’s Day” I don’t think you understand what I am meaning to say. Today is Mother’s Day and I am thankful. (I will admit that I am a mother of two. Both children are special in their own way and I went through different ordeals for each them. That is a story for another time.) 


When I say “Happy Mother’s Day” I am not trying to offend those that have lost their mothers, those that have lost children, those that are unable to have children, those who had difficult mothers, or other circumstances. 

When I say “Happy Mother’s Day”, I think about the women in my life. I think about all women, young and old. When I say “Happy Mother’s Day”, I think about the women in my life that loved me and my family when they did not have to. When they were not related to me by blood. When they know that I have a strong mother and amazing mother-in-law. 


I think about Ms. Betty, my church Grandma while I was little growing up in Texas. She was the Children’s Director at the church we attended, and I could go in a get a piece of candy and a hug from her before worship. I think about the school teachers I that have cared for me like Mrs. Kerr, who let me come to her house during the summer because we had moved and I was behind in reading. We read The Secret Garden and she taught me to enjoy reading. I think about my college friend Aunt Misty and sorority sister Aunt Paige who my children call Aunt because they were there for me and my kids when I needed them. I think about my other church Grandma, Jane Medlin,who loved me when I was lost in high school and sent me notes in college and believed in me. I think about Aunt Heather, my sister-in-law who from states away finds ways to love and encourages my kids in school and outdoors but also the our other Aunt Heather, who came along when my family was hurt and I was in need of a friend. She helped to teach my kidsbasketball and edited my doctoral papers. I think about Mrs. Kathy who invited me to family meals before we were officially family. I think about clergy mentors like Rev. Judith Anna. I could go on and on. 


I hope in my rambling you have thought of women that have walked with you during your life time. You don’t know these women I have mentioned but they are forever with me as I seek to be the mother God has called me to be. When I say “Happy Mother’s Day” I hesitate, not wanting to cause pain but also wanting to say thank you. Happy Mother’s Day, Thank you women who have been moms and aunts and grandmas for kids who needed them. Thank you to the teachers that have gone above and beyond. Thank you to friends that show up when all seems lost. Thank you for clergy women that walk with you and ahead of you so that you can keep walking. 


When I say “Happy Mother’s Day” I think about John 19:25-27. 

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.


Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you to ALL the women who have shown me and my family God’s love in all you do and who you are. Thank you to ALL the women who have shown a mother’s love to children when they needed it most. Happy Mother’s love Day!