“Thank you Mothers, women all”
The Rev. Leonard Oakes
Whenever we have fellowship meal or Church picnic, did you notice that most of the times women are all around doing big tasks? Say for example when we are doing the barbecuing, it’s the only type of cooking a “real” man will do. When a man volunteers to do such cooking, the following chain of events is put into motion:
The woman goes to the store.
The woman fixes the salad, vegetables, and dessert.
The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils, and takes it to the man, who is relaxing beside the grill.
The man places the meat on the grill. The woman goes inside to set the table and check the vegetables.
The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning.
The man takes the meat off the grill and hands it to the woman.
The woman prepares the plates and brings them to the table.
After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
The man asks the woman how she enjoyed “her night off.” And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women. God bless all the mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!
Let me serenade you with this song written and sang by John Denver: “For you” You deserve it.
Just to wake up each morning,
just to have you by my side.
Just to know that you’re never really far away.
Just a reason for living,
just to say I adore.
Just to know that you’re here in my heart to stay.
For you, all the rest of my life,
for you, all the rest of my life, for you alone, only for you.
Just the words of a love song,
just the beat of my heart.
Just the pledge of my life, my love, for you.
In Honor of all Mothers, I would like to read this poem to you:
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in. They stand up for injustice. They don’t take “no” for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without new shoes so their children can have them. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage. Their hearts break when a friend dies.They have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Mothers come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes. They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin! Mothers do more than just give birth. They bring joy and hope. They give compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Mothers have a lot to say and a lot to give. And just as the Gospel today tells us, they came that we may have life and have it abundantly.”
My dear mothers in God, I may not fully know what you are going through in your life, but let me tell you that I will walk that way with you if you will let me. I will keep you company in prayer until we both see what life has in wait for us. And as we walk I will remind you that we have many twists and turns in life that are common. We’ve been through this many times and in many changes. We’ve learned our lessons and we have the wisdom to think it through, the courage to do what must be done, the faith to know that there is love at the end of our rope. We may not know what is yet to happen, but we do know that we are not alone. We can walk together. We can walk with God by our side. Let me say these again to all mothers, grandmothers and those who take the role of a mother, thank you!! We love you and will care for you just as you cared for us. May you have more strength and courage to share your love and you always be surrounded with joy and peace. Amen.