May 7, 2016

What Mothers Offer Us

Mother.  Just  “Mother”; no more, no less. Roll that word around on your tongue for a minute. That one word is full of so much emotion.  It is likely to bring up an immediate mental image of the woman who gave us life and/or raised us. The image will vary:

  • Different shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Diverse cultures, systems of belief, and geographical regions
  • Various levels of commitment and responsibility

Yes, the women who gave us life aren’t made from the same cookie cutter. In addition, the environments they offer us aren’t all the same. Some of us grow up in happy homes with the woman who gave birth to us. Others were raised with a different family dynamic.

That’s okay.  They all have something to offer, and we wouldn’t be alive without them. 

Today, I am going to celebrate all mothers, those holders of the most crucial, yet underpaid (read “unpaid”) job in the world. What do these self-sacrificing angels (though they may not always act like angels) offer us?

My Late Mother

She had me at the advanced age of almost 46 years old.  My five siblings range from 9 to 21 years older than me.  Iris Lillywhite hadn’t planned to have any more children, but she changed her mind when my father expressed his desire to add to the family.

It goes without saying that there were roadblocks to raising a child at an advanced age. She thought she was done with the process of giving birth and raising children from the earliest stages. Yet, Mom, the trooper, persevered. What did she offer?
  • She cared about my relationships and education.
  • Her skills and interest in literature and the arts fostered a kindred, lifelong obsession in me.

Thanks for everything, Mom! I know you’re watching over me from Heaven!


Soon after she married, she emigrated to the U.S from another country. She didn’t speak the language, and she had no marketable job skills. Her husband didn’t earn much money, and he immediately spent whatever he made. Camille immediately took on any jobs she could find to help supplement the family income. She also made sure that her children learned to speak English and kept up with their studies.


This strong woman is helping her grown daughter through a tough time right now. She prays for her continually. Tina also sets aside her own plans to have hour-long conversations by phone—in the middle of the night.


This mother and grandmother lends constant support to her children who are dealing with ongoing medical and personal challenges.


This hands-on grandmother lives near some of her grandchildren. This gives her the 
opportunity to take them on play dates and to school functions.


This mother of grown children has always sacrificed so that her special-needs child could receive all the benefits she deserves. When her child was recently in an accident, Sarah handled all the legal and medical situations.

My Conclusion

Mothers give us life; we wouldn’t be here without them. They are a strong influence during our childhood. In addition, their influence is felt well beyond the time when we move out of the family home.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
“Love never ends.”
“So now faith, hope and love abide; these three, but the greatest of these is love.”—1 Corinthians 10: 7, 8, and 13 (ESV)
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