Most of you that know me, especially those of you who are on my Contacts list, know how special my mom, my dad’s mom, and my mother’s grandmom have been to me and how they have helped make me the person I have become in this life. To me, Mother’s Day is the ultimate holiday, and nothing comes close. That’s been reared in me by the man I most revere, my father, and been shown to me by my mother’s example and the example of friends, family, and associates throughout my life.
Those of us who have the ultimate blessing of a mother who’s always been there for us and that we can count on are especially responsible to make the most of ourselves as an offering and homage to the contributions our mothers unselfishly and constantly bestowed on us. I am blessed to say that I know through many examples the important influence a mother has on a person’s life. Most of you that have read my Mother’s Day messages are aware that I have chanted and testified to this throughout most of my life.
I am also moved this year by my young six year old friend, Peyton Farwell and her older sister Summer, who recently lost their mother, and to all my other good friends (Jeffrey, Brian, Dominic, Leonard, Cardell, George, Lisa, Leslie, Natalie, Peggy, Lance, Jason, Mike, and Roxane) that have also endured the ultimate pain from the loss of a mother. You are some of the people that I hold most dearly that have shared the experience of a mother’s major influence in their lives, and I thank you for that. Honestly, the just and loving God that I believe in would take me before my mom. I pray every day that he will keep my mom alive and happy to continue taking care of my dad, my brother and his family and all those other people we love.
I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge those special mothers that I’ve been blessed to know, those friends, family members and nurses that do the WHOLE job, the hardest job, by themselves or with little support from the fathers. You know who you are and know how special you are to me. I am in awe of your strength, resilience, and ability to assemble bigger resources to provide what’s needed for your children. You’re amazing! All of us know women like this, that take God’s ultimate responsibility on by themselves and raise children that become accomplished, contributing, and successful members of society. I believe it’s a special responsibility to do what we can to assist and support them and to give their children whatever we can to help them show appreciation for their mothers.
I love all of you and your mothers that I’ve had the opportunity to know. On this special day, we should take the time to express love and appreciation to the special mothers in our lives and those wives, sisters, cousins, and friends that we know who are doing the best they can to be the best mothers they can be.
Once again, this message is especially dedicated to my sweet Peyton, who will no longer get the opportunity to experience the kind of support and love that we get from our mothers, as well as to those of you who have prematurely said goodbye to those mothers that helped to make you who you are.
God bless all of you!
Much love always,