Posted by: kulanjiyil | May 11, 2008

ON THIS MOTHER’S DAY:

 

Today is mothers’ day; a day to honor mothers who have made children one of their top priorities; first of all by giving them birth, and then by tenderly caring for them. In the words of king Lemuel, recorded in Proverbs 31: 28-29, the reward of motherhood is such that “Her children shall arise and call her blessed; and her husband praise her saying, “many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

 

My heart goes out to all those mothers who tell their children that they are being loved, and cared for, unconditionally. I applaud all those who lead their children by example; and those single, hardworking mothers, who struggle to make ends meet, especially in these economically strenuous times. They are the great examples of sacrificial love and care.

 

I am reminded here of Susanna Wesley, the mother of two eminent men who have impacted the world so profoundly, John Wesley, the well-known Methodist preacher and revivalist, and his brother Charles Wesley, the renowned hymn writer who wrote over 5, 500 hymns including “Hark the herald angles sing,” and ” O for a thousand tongues to sing.” Susanna and Samuel Wesley had nineteen children, of which nine died as infants. Susanna herself was the 25th of twenty-five children of her parents. In spite of some significant challenges in her marriage, Susanna was committed to the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of all children. She made it a point to spend at least one hour each week with each child. It is being told that while her children were asleep, Susanna would go to their rooms and pray for each one by name. In one of her memoir she wrote, “I take such a proportion of time as I can spare every night to discourse with each child apart. On Monday I talk with Molly, on Tuesday with Hetty, Wednesday with Nancy, Thursday with Jacky, Friday with Patty, Saturday with Charles.” What an example to emulate!

 

On this Mother’s Day may I encourage my readers to thank your mothers for who they are. Call your mother “BLESSED.”

 

Happy mother’s day!

 

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