A dear friend shared a Mother’s Day story with me from a safer time when children didn’t have to be on guard against strangers. A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived 200 miles away. However, as he got out of the his car, he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong. She replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother, but I only have 75 cents, and a rose costs two dollars.” The man smiled and said, “Come along with me. I’ll buy a rose for you.
Together they entered the shop where the man bought a rose for the girl and ordered flowers for his mother. As they were leaving, he turned to the girl and asked if she’d like a ride home. “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother,” she said and directed him to a cemetery where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave. The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet, and proceeded to drive 200 miles to his mother’s house.
If like me, your mother is no longer living, I’m sure you miss her greatly and wish you could spend another Mother’s Day with her. Thankfully, if we belong to Christ, heaven is not far away. On the other hand, if your mother lives nearby so you can visit her, make a big deal of Mother’s Day this year. Or if you can’t visit her, but can call, make time for a long chat on the phone sharing your favorite memories with her, so she realizes how much you love and appreciate her. The Bible says of a godly mother: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.’ Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:28-30 NKJV)
Oh, and one more way we men can celebrate this holiday. Who is it that now provides you with the love and nurture your mother used to give you? That gift from God is your wife. Following the death of Sarah, Isaac’s mother, the Bible says: “And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.” (Genesis 24:67 NLT) Spend a few tender moments with your wife this Mother’s Day, not only thanking her for investing so much in your children, but also for bringing so much joy and comfort to you.