As we approach Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, we should reflect on the important role that mothers play in the lives of their children and grandchildren. The Bible contains numerous stories of mothers and their strong influence on their children. In one of his letters to Timothy, the apostle Paul makes mention of Timothy’s faith being a direct result of the influence of both his grandmother and mother. On this day in which we pay tribute to mothers, many pastors will preach about the virtuous woman as she was described by Solomon in Proverbs 31:10-31.
There are famous American individuals who attributed their success in life to their mother. President George Washington said, “All I am, I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” Abraham Lincoln has been quoted as saying “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” American poet, William Ross Wallace stated as a line in a poem, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”
This year, I will not be able to visit with my own mother on Mother’s Day because Elizabeth Williams Hollifield, after living a long and fruitful life of 89 years finished her earthly race and went to heaven early in the morning of Sept. 28 last year. However, her influence will still live on through my two sisters and me along with many family members and others who loved her and were by touched by her life. Each of us, along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter will share our special memories of a woman who was affectionately referred to as “Nanny.”
Whenever I had a chance to visit mom in recent years, some days as we said our goodbyes she would say, “Son, when you get back from your travels, if I’m not here, you know where I’ll be.” Isn’t it wonderful that Christ followers can know with assurance where they are going to spend eternity?
“Isn’t it wonderful that Christ followers can know with assurance where they are going to spend eternity?”
I’m thankful that I was able to be by mom’s side along with other family members when she passed from this life to the next. In the midst of our sorrow because she was leaving, we still rejoiced and sung the hymn “Victory in Jesus” because of our faith in Christ and our confidence that she went to be in the presence of Jesus. We know that will see her again one day because she personally trusted in Christ as her Lord and Savior.
I rejoice with many of you reading this column because you also have wonderful memories about your own mother and the things she did for others each day. Maybe you can remember her strong faith in God and how faithful she was to read God’s Word daily and pray for her family and others. Take this holiday opportunity to thank God again for the influence of your godly mother and if you can, visit or call her on Mother’s Day and remind her of your love and gratitude for all she means to you.
“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded in in you also.” — 2 Timothy 1:5 (NKJV)
by Milton A Hollifield Jr. / Executive Director-Treasurer / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
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