This Sunday is Mother’s Day! We remember our current living mothers and our mothers who have passed on. We never forget our mothers! And those people in our lives who have, or continue to, “mother” us with their love, nurturing, mentoring, and care. Here’s a story about “mothering love” which I saved from The Upper Room devotional. The story comes from Zimbabwe:
“My sister Portia and her four children were ordered out of the house by her husband. He had decided to end their 20-year marriage. Our parents took her in, but soon we saw her slip into depression. A neighbour advised us to take her to a counsellor where Portia learned the importance of forgiveness. Then one day we noticed a great change; Portia was smiling.
Portia found a job and moved out of our parent’s house. For the next 10 years she raised her children alone. The Lord guided her and the children. Later each one attended university.
Then one day Portia called to tell me that her ex-husband had died. Our family accompanied her to the funeral. A few months later she received word that her ex-husband’s wife was dead. The couple left behind four children who were still at primary and secondary levels. No one from the husband’s family was willing to take the children, but Portia offered to do it. Her four working children helped her take care of these orphans.
God worked miraculously. All eight children are now working, some overseas. Each one calls her “mother.” Portia is a role model to me and to our community; she never repaid evil for evil. She is a testimony of what real love means.”
Isn’t this a remarkable story? Who would have had the love in their heart to do this? Not many people. It is the love of God which invades our souls and asks us to respond in love.
The Thought For The Day which accompanies the story says: “Even if the future appears bleak to us, God has another outlook.”
So dear readers, we’re caught in the bleakness of the COVID-19 crisis and our souls may feel bleak with other things going on in our lives right now, but let’s look for ways to respond in love with that same remarkable love which Portia displayed. Can we look today around our homes, our environment, our neighbourhood, wherever you look today – can you think about the incredible, loving response which Portia gave and look for a way(s) to do the same?
In closing, a friend from my former pastoral charge sent the following poem honouring mothers. It is lovely. Enjoy.
God be with you! Blessings on your day! Happy Mother’s Day! Rev. Mary