A MOTHER’S GIFT
Read Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
There is a time for everything, and a season for
every activity under the heavens: a time
to be born and a time to die.
My mother died on Mother’s Day — the day she and I
usually celebrated by remembering when she gave birth to
me and heard my first breath. But on that Mother’s Day I
was telling my mother how much I loved her as she drew her
last breath. I kept thinking about all the priceless lessons she
taught me, such as the importance of studying the Bible.
In another time of loss, after my husband died, grief overwhelmed me. I fell into major depression. I had to give up my
career, and I contemplated suicide because I could see no end
to my deepening depression. Slowly, with the right medication and a good therapist,
I began to work toward
better health — spiritual,
physical, and emotional. As
I recovered, another of my
mother’s lessons helped me:
The road of life may be difficult and seem impassible, but God
will be with me all throughout my life’s journey — even when
I do not feel God near me.
Each Mother’s Day I now celebrate the memory of my
mother and thank God for her legacy of unwavering faith and
for the lessons she taught me by the example of her daily life
and walk with God.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the lessons we have learned
from those whose faith is unwavering. Amen.
Alice M. Nathan (Missouri)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE GRIEVING THE LOSS
OF A MOTHER
— Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
I can find God’s presence in
my life every day.