“Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28
Being a mother and raising a child is an awe-inspiring, 20-year adventure. No other commitment in life requires more enduring patience, understanding, compassion, intelligence, physical strength and mental sharpness. No other job has such major expectations — to guide and protect an innocent ,
tiny baby through his growth to mature and responsible adulthood. For all of this and more, we cannot thank mothers enough.
A few years back, in an effort to “give rest” to mothers of my community, I began a group called WOW. We met once a week for faith sharing, prayer, crafts and snacks. For a little extra assurance of a peace-filled hour, babysitting was provided! I recently came upon the brochure I had written to publicize WOW. I wrote my own, modern-day version of Proverbs 31. As Mother’s Day is just a few days away, it seems like a good time to share it with you.
First, here’s Proverbs 31:When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her has an unfailing prize. She obtains wool and flax and makes cloth with skillful hands. Like merchant ships, she secures her provisions from a far. She rises while it is still night and distributes food to her household. She picks out a field to purchase, out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is girt about with strength, and sturdy are her arms. She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel. She watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness. Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too extols her. She enjoys the success of her dealing; at night her lamp is undimmed. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come.
My Modern Version:A loving wife and mother is a precious commodity. Her husband kisses her goodbye and then heads off to his job. She clips coupons and searches for sales to feed and cloth her family. She is up before the sun finishing her son’s costume for the school play and frosting the cupcakes for her daughter’s birthday party. She works a few hours a week to earn money to save for the children’s college fund. Her arms and back are strong from carrying a bag of groceries in one arm and 25-pound toddler in the other. She volunteers at the school, the church and the soup kitchen. She guides her children as they learn and grow in life. She never has a moment to sit idle as there are so many who count on her. Her husband and children love her, but they may not be fully aware of all her efforts. She teaches by example and she knows the fruits of her labors may not be realized for many years to come. She smiles as she contemplates the future of “empty nest” and her well-adjusted,