Reverend David Old, MDiv.
Minister's Letter may 5th, 2022
This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day, and I send my love, gratitude and blessings to all of our mothers. I cannot help but think how much better off the world would be if we had more mothers in positions of power in our governments.
For me, Mother’s Day was one of the most important days of the year; a time to make a trip back to Texas, if I possibly could, to be with Mom on her special day. No matter what day I made it back home for a visit, I could always feel her love radiating from behind the front door as she unlocked it and opened it to greet me with her gentle smile and loving embrace. Although Dad was home, she was always the one that opened the door.
Mother’s Day was a time to find that perfect card that told Mom just how much she meant to me, and how much I dearly loved her, bringing it with me if I could make the trip, with a potted plant or flowers in hand.
Oh, how she loved potted plants and flowers! She had a large garden room built off the back of the living room, with three walls of windows that let in lots of light for all of her plants. My brothers and I had to quit bringing her potted plants as gifts because her garden room was becoming a jungle, and we were afraid taking care of all of them was becoming too much of a chore for her.
If a visit wasn’t possible on Mother’s Day, I would mail her the most beautiful card I could find, with just the right message of endearment. Sometimes, I would even make my own, when I couldn’t find a card that adequately expressed my deepest feelings, making sure to mail it in plenty of time for her to receive it before her special day, and then calling her on Mother’s Day to catch up with all that had been going on in our lives. I could always hear and feel such radiating joy and love in her voice when I spoke with her.
In all honesty, I could not have asked for a better mother. The truth is I was blessed by three of the most outstanding, most loving, kind, brave, strong and nurturing women I have ever known, my mother and both of my grandmothers. They were my role models. It was their strength that held their individual families together.
As I approach this Mother’s Day, all three are no longer here in body, but they are in spirit. The feelings of the deepest love well up within me as I remember them.
Today I am especially grateful for the remarkable women in my life, mothers or not, past and present who have taught me and continue to teach me so much about God, life and love through their embodiment of the immortal words of the Apostle John found in 1 John 4:7-8, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” In verse 12 the Apostle continued by saying, “No one has ever seen God; [however] if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
So, today our love, gratitude and blessings to all of the mothers in the world who have allowed God’s love to be perfected in them for the benefit of the whole world.
Rich blessings and much love,