BY MARY GEISEN
There is nothing like a “thank you.” Whether the words are spoken or written, this simple acknowledgment goes a long way in making my day. The first time I heard the words “thank you” from my sons, it left me speechless. The sweet blessing of knowing that I was doing something right boosted my confidence. I am learning there are no better words than when another person takes time to recognize the good in you.
Today we celebrate Mother’s Day and I pray you all feel celebrated for who you are and the legacy you are creating in your own life. Sometimes all it takes is a “thank you” to help you on a challenging day. Other times, the presence of those lives you’ve touched are exactly what you need. It doesn’t matter if you have a child of your own. You have the gift to build life into those you meet.
I wear many hats in my life–daughter, sister, mother, Mimi, friend, teacher, and writer. Each one of these is a reminder to me of the beautiful life God has provided. But sometimes you and I think of other titles that can define us that look more like: single parent, divorced, estranged from family, motherless, lonely, unloved. Though I hold the title of divorced single parent, the good news is that my story does not end there. Instead, God showed me that He sees me as a mom of two wonderful sons. A Mimi of a brand new grandson and His daughter. God also sees you as His chosen son or daughter. He loves nothing more than for you to know you are loved and worthy of celebration.
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Isaiah 49:15-17
God promises He will never forget you. Your name is engraved on the palm of His Hands. God knows you better than you know yourself. He doesn’t look at the titles you have chosen for yourself. You are known and celebrated by God. I discovered this truth for myself when God redeemed my singleness with the truth that in His eyes it didn’t matter. All that mattered is living my life as a reflection of the One who created me. Today I celebrate you and all those you have touched just because of who you are. I thank God that even when you are not sure if you make a difference, He knows you do. Mother’s Day is a day to remember, reflect, and thank those who have crossed our paths and made a difference. It’s a chance for you to pause to recognize that who you are is a gift to God and all those who know you.
FOR FURTHER THOUGHT Who are the people who have loved you well and speak life into you? Take some time to say “thank you” and let them know the difference they have made. Who are the people you love well and you grace with your wisdom, comfort, and God’s truth? Thank God for them as well and recognize the legacy you are creating in the lives of others.
Remember that Mother’s Day is a day to honor both men and women. God anointed us all to care for others and to be present in the lives of those around us.
PRAYER Father God, I thank you for the gift of all mothers and fathers–spiritual, biological, and all those who work to build into the lives of others. You promise to never forget us and for this I am grateful. On the days I am not sure I am making a difference, you see all that I can’t see happening. When I struggle to remember that, all it takes is one “thank you.” May I know you believe in who I am and You’re thankful for me. Wow. I’m humbled and amazed! May all those who love others well feel celebrated today and every day. You are a gracious and loving God. Amen.
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