Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all!
Proverbs 31:29

Possessing outstanding qualities, Merriam-Webster's dictionary says this is what "noble" means. It says that it can also mean "grand" or "impressive", among other things. My mother is outstanding, grand and impressive, she possesses qualities that I aspire to have and lives in a way that I have seen few women do. I love her, and if you've met her, you probably do to...she kind of has that effect on people. 
I'm coming to think that life is about finding balance. So much of what makes God holy is His perfect balance of virtues - grace and justice, joy and anger, stability and flexibility. And I think that something that is so impressive, grand, and outstanding about my mother is her persistent pursuit of godliness in a way that is very clearly bringing balance to her life. 
I've had the privilege of knowing her for 26 years (give or take a few months), and in that time I have seen both change and consistency. The change has come as she disciplines herself, as she balances things out, and as she grows. I think that that is noble. She has one of the most real, disciplined, and reflective relationships with God that I have ever seen. People in darkness, without a home, and estranged from love grab at her heart in a way that drives her to action and prayer. She loves people even when they don't love her back.
Consistency is seen in the qualities that God handcrafted into her, those things that make her unique and unlike anyone else. My mother is creative, vivacious, joyful, loving, kind, genuine, innovative and intelligent. Like Mary Tyler Moore - she can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile.
Now that I am a wife and mother, I understand and appreciate my mom in ways that I never did before. While I don't think that I see my childhood through rose-colored glasses, I can honestly say that there was never a time that I did not feel loved by my mother. I know that is rare in this world, and I can't imagine what my life would be like without her love, influence, and sacrifice.
I love you Mom! You are beautiful and a success. In a word - noble!...If you're not sure about that, just look at the works of your hands (and you're heart), Proverbs says that they will praise you at the gates. And I don't  think it meant the weeds in the garden or the dishes in the sink, but those works that are walking around your house calling you "Mom" and "Namma." And if you're not sure about THAT...we're praising you "at the gates."
Happy Mothers Day! 


Mommy said...

Thank you, Megan. I love you bunches!

Jillian said...

Oh Megan, that was beautiful!

This is Jillian Schroeder, the little girl who ran around your house years ago. I have been following your edifying blog with great interest.

I have found as I've grown that I appreciate my own mother more and more. Thank you so much for expressing that love which a child has for their parent so wonderfully. Your own love and devotion for your mother (who is a truly remarkable woman) is a testament to her success as a mother.


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