Her children respect and bless her
Proverbs 31I got to witness something gorgeous yesterday.
It was our annual Ladies Luncheon for our women's church ministry. The setting was warm and quaint, the food amazing and the conversation at a high pitch. We celebrated the women in our lives who exhibited for us the examples, the mentorship, of Proverbs 31 women.
And then came that moment.
That moment that has been years and years and tears and tears in the making.
We had invited the daughter of one of ladies to come and honor her mom on this special day. This daughter had, by her own definition, wandered away from the Lord for many years, trying to find her worth in the mercurial economy of world. Her mom had prayed and prayed for her through the years, never stopped loving her, never stopped believing that this daughter could come back into relationship with God and her family.
Yesterday, I got to witness this daughter publicly honor her mother for her faithfulness and her love.
I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.
It was holy to declare to this to this devoted mom that that day the words of Proverbs 31 were declared fulfilled in her hearing: All, all, of her children rise up and call her blessed.
This Mother's Day has been sweet for me. There have been cards and gifts and a beautiful meal.
I don't take it for granted.
But I know that Mother's Day can be painful for some, painful in the challenges they are facing in their mothering careers, painful in that they have not yet seen the fulfillment of this word.
And I'm prayerful today. Prayerful for moms who are waiting. And praying. Waiting for that place that all their children rise up.
And I want to extend a little hope. Because I saw it happen yesterday. I heard it with my own ears. And it was beautiful.
May all our children rise up. May they all walk with the Lord. Because that is our dearest blessing.