Mothers Are Irreplaceable

Deep Cove Crier May 1994 
Nowadays there are machines being invented that take over more and more of our traditional functions. Many jobs that we take for granted will have totally disappeared within 20 years, due to technological advance. I am convinced that there is one position in life that can never be replaced by advances in technology: the position of mother. Think of your own mother for a moment. What series of machines or computers could ever take her place? What social bureaucracy could ever fill in for a mother's warmth, caring, and reliability? This is the International Year of the Family, and I would like to say: Thank God for Mothers! Thank God for the wonderful gift of women who really care for their sons and daughters. Thank God for the security and rootedness that comes from having a mom who welcomes you home.

Home Is where the heart Is
I will be 40 years old this year, and the older I become, the more I appreciate how much my own mother has given to me. My sense of well being, of basic trust and confidence are all gifts that have come through the persevering love of my mother. I have counseled people who have been robbed of the gift of a caring mother, and I have seen deep woundedness in the area of basic trust and security. One of the greatest gifts a mother can give her child is the gift of feeling at home. A house that is not a home, no matter how luxurious, is a barren house indeed, Thank you, Mom, for giving me the gift of feeling at home in my home, Thank you Mom, for sacrificing your time and energy for me in so many countless ways that one can not really measure. Thank you, Mom, for teaching me what really matters in life, for pointing to values and standards for daily living.

All Good Gifts Around Us
Every Mother's Day I am reminded afresh that I am the recipient of so many wonderful gifts from a wonderful mother. It saddens me how easily I forget to appreciate the many blessings I receive day after day: the gift of sight, the gift of hearing, the gift of family, the gift of a career, the gift of friends, the gift of the trees and the rivers and the mountains. Everywhere I look, life is full of amazing gifts that I so often take for granted. Without my mother having taken the courageous step of giving birth to me, I would have never been able to experience any
of these wonderful gifts.

The Greatest Gift of All
Mom, the greatest gift you gave me was the gift of your prayers. I believe that I am who I am today, in large part due to your patient loving prayers for me. Even when God was a non issue to me, I know that you never stopped pouring your heart out before the heavenly Father on my behalf. When I was lost and wandering, your prayers redirected me back to the values and standards that I had forgotten, When I was empty and lacking purpose, your prayers rebirthed in me the hope that life still has meaning and significance. Through your prayers, you lit a candle in my darkness. Thank you, Mom, for being irreplaceable.

Reverend Ed Hird
Rector, St. Simon's  Anglican Church

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