Mother’s Day



by Robert G. Wilkerson, D-Min

From the ghetto to the White House, Mother’s Day is an important occasion. On Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to the best-loved person in the world. When we start thinking about mothers and why we love them so, many reasons come to mind.

Mother was the first person to love us. She loved us even before we were born. After we were born, mother was our first caregiver; she held us close, loving us, protecting us, and feeding us. She was sensitive not only to our physical needs, but to our needs for love, understanding, and encouragement. She soothed our hurts, from gently putting a bandage on a skinned knee to holding us and comforting us when others had broken our hearts.

Mother was our first teacher. She taught us about life and living, good and bad. She gave us our first value system. As adults, we often catch ourselves believing and saying things and we often wonder where it came from. In most instances, when we can’t identify the source, it came from mother.

One of the greatest things that endears our mothers to us is their unconditional love. They love us in good times and bad; when we’re up and when we’re down; when we’re right and when we’re wrong. The poet, Rudyard Kipling, expresses it well in his poem “Mother o’ Mine.”

If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o’ mine’ O mother o’ mine!
I know whose love would follow me still.
Mother o’ mine; O mother o’ mine!
If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
Mother o’ mine; O mother o’ mine!
I know whose tears would come down to me.
Mother o’ mine; O mother o’ mine!
If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole.
Mother o’ mine; O mother o’ mine!
No wonder God’s Holy Word tells us to “Honor
your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12).

Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and author of 10 books. He and his wife, Jane, live in Oneonta.