But mothers aren’t always made in the delivery room. I’ve seen that love in a foster-mother’s eyes as she talked about her fears and hopes for a teenage boy. Someone she had only known for a few months and yet she opened her home and heart to him, wanting for him to have the best chance in life.
I’ve seen a mother cuddle her adopted little toddler with almond eyes and olive skin and there was no question how far she would go to protect and fight to make sure that child always knew her love.
Yes, that love is amazing. Then consider the way a mother observes and marvels at her child. She knows the fears, the personality quirks, and she can tell you what their favorite color is and how they love to watch ants build homes. When the world threatens to put their child’s hopes into a box and quietly close the lid, she will tear it all down and battle to give them a future.
I also believe that motherhood is a daily miracle. The amount of patience, guidance, and tenderness that flows through me as I work to create a loving home for my daughter can only come from the Holy Spirit. Billy Graham wrote, “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” God knows the magnitude of our job raising a child in this world and He is there, by our side, as we work to give our sons and daughters a good life.
Thank you, God, for our mothers and for being there with them as they guide children through the growing up into adults that might come to know You.
May your day be truly blessed. Happy Mother’s Day!