May 12, 2013

Mother Love

Posted in Family tagged at 6:40 pm by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Her love vaults over distances
(Even those of stubbornness);
It stands as solid as a stone
But soft as mashed potatoes.
(Just like those mashed potatoes
where you buried your green beans).
Her love finds room for what you love:
And sometimes grits its teeth,
Then smiles and finds a way to see the best
In spiders, snakes, and terribly rude friends.
Her love is constant as a Latin infinitive:
Even when her world is shattered,
You can be sure that in rebuilding
Her mind remains on you.

The day that you were born
She cried and held her breath
Until she heard your breathy cry.
And still she holds her breath
When any form of sorrow steals your joy.
And never will you know what price she pays
To see you walk away
And stay a little longer every time.
Her love would cushion every fall
Yet knows mistakes are how you learn;
But every tear you cry buys two of hers.
Her love runs deep and wide,
Is brighter than the noonday sun;
Her love is durable and strong,
Stronger by far than death.

Copyright © 2013 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)

This one probably belongs in the Otherverse section, but I was thinking today of all the moms I know who have, through many tribulations, loved their children.

For C, whose wonderful husband died suddenly, leaving her with two young daughters to raise.

For A and C and S whose husbands decided that marriage wasn’t their “thing” any more, leaving them to pick up the pieces of a life interrupted.

For C, whose husband was seriously injured in a car accident soon after his own mother died in an accident.

For B and K whose serious illnesses took them far into the valley of the shadow.

For L who lost two babies but never gave up hope and now has moved several times with five children to follow her husband as he follows his calling.

And for all the mothers in third world countries who struggle with scarcity of food, water, and medical care. So if you would like to help one of these women find a way to help herself, prayerfully review the information at World Vision Micro:


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