“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:7
The "It" in this verse is love. This verse is from what is commonly referred to as The Love Chapter. We frequently hear it read at weddings, and that is appropriate, but today let's look at how this verse applies to our Mothers.
The good mother is a protector. As toddlers, she held our hands in parking lots and busy stores so we wouldn't wander. She seemed to have eyes in the back of her head as we climbed on chairs to reach cookie jars. Our homes were places of safety simply because mom was there.
Mom trusted us even when sometimes we didn't deserve it. We felt guilty lying to mom -- which likely we all did. Yet, mom always believed us, and when she discovered the truth though hurt, she would forgive us. She trusted us to make good decisions and appeared calm and assured, although she worried and silently prayed inside.
Mom always remained hopeful. Worrying for us during our troubled times, she maintained faith we would be okay. No matter how crazy our dreams for the future, mom encouraged and believed in us. Her constant hope was that we would find contentment and happiness.
Mom's love for us perseveres. It is not just for a short time but forever. No matter how far we’d stray, her love remained steadfast. Even after our moms passed, her love for us remains with us throughout our lives.
Father God, we give thanks today for our mothers. For all those women who have nurtured us. They have protected, trusted, and hoped for us; their love never failed. We ask for blessings for all the moms still with us and those who have departed. Help us to share the love of our mothers with all we meet. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.