I believe mothers are one of God’s most miraculous creations…for they have the power to give life, to share wisdom, and to teach love. Their responsibilities are enormous…their compassion is important.
The greatest gift a mother can give a child is a heart full of compassion. With compassion we love, and when we love, we expand in the universe.
Today is a day we honor mothers, not just our own mothers, but all mothers. Mother’s Day has been celebrated in the United States since the early 20th century. The celebration honors mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influences mothers have had in society.
In this article, I’d like to share the story of two mothers I find fascinating. Two very different mothers, but two mothers who I believe made extraordinary contributions to this world. Without these women, the world we live in would be a very different place. And then I’d like to close with a personal note to my own mother.
As the mother of two sons in the United States Navy, VESTA STOUDT worked in an ammunition plant, Stoudt had the idea to use cloth tape to seal boxes of ammo so it could be opened quickly while keeping the ammo dry, potentially saving the lives of soldiers (the sons of so many mothers across this great land), when time was critical. When her bosses rejected her idea, she went straight to President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself with a written letter. A few weeks later, she received a response that the Navy was going to “fast track” her idea, and thus duct tape was born, and countless lives were saved. And who could imagine our lives without it today?
When I think of history’s ultimate mother, one incredible story comes to mind, the story of MARY and her divine motherhood. She was given the awesome responsibility to give birth and raise one of the most important and central figures of the human race. She was a young peasant girl, with no experience in being a mother, and here she was, the mother of Christ. I think what I love most about this story, and what I really appreciate, is the fact that Mary had incredible faith, she raise her child with love and compassion, and had the strength to let him go with the knowledge that she fully prepared his heart and was turning his life over to God. I think she accomplished this with humility and grace in a way we can all learn from.
The courage and compassion to prepare a child’s heart, and the strength to let them go knowing they are equipped to expand in the universe…A MOTHER’S LOVE.
Raising children with hearts that will transcend the love and compassion God created in us should be a global mission taken on by all human beings. It begins with mothers but it’s the responsibility of us all.
A special note to my gorgeous mother…
Thank you for giving me my sense of style, my love of glamour, and my tender heart…I love you from the deepest place in my soul. You were a part of my creation…chosen by God to conceive me and trusted to teach me. I’m grateful for the strength, beauty and goodness that comes from your heart and was gifted to me. I receive all the positive energy that you give. I grew in you and have learned from you…that’s powerful, that’s life renewing itself, that’s miraculous. When I look in the mirror, I often see you. I embrace my feminine side, I acknowledge it came from you…I am the strong man I’ve become because of your tenderness. It hasn’t always been perfect, but in the imperfections, love always won. I’m so proud of the resilient bond we share…thank you Mom. I love you.
A heart that is nurtured and grown in love, will have a powerful connection to humanity, overflowing with compassion, gratitude, and love.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful, brave, and courageous mothers all across the land…may the hearts of children everywhere be prepared for greatness.