Looking for ideas, I perused quotes about mothers.
The ones I like the best were from Abraham Lincoln. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” “I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
Then I set out to learn a bit more about Lincoln’s mother. It seems his birth mother, Nancy Lincoln passed away when Abe was only nine year old. He was devastated. He always referred to her as his “angel” mother.
About a year and a half later, his father, Thomas remarried. He married a widow, Sarah, who had two young children. Abe came to love and admire Sarah and even refer to her as his mother. She was instrumental in shaping his life. While Abe Lincoln had very limited education it was his mother, Sarah who gave him a love for books and learning.
To say that a woman was just a mother is to deeply discount the importance of a mother. Mothers not only gave us life, they loved us and taught us love. They shaped our character and helped mold our destiny.
Remember in the 10 commands, God instructs us to “Honor your father and mother.”
The apostle Paul reminds us that this is the first commandment with a promise, that your days may be long upon the earth.
I challenge you, especially if your mother is still living, to think creatively of ways you can honor your mother this Mother’s Day.
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.