“It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
I Corinthians 13:7-8a
St. Paul, in his note to the Church of Corinth, defined for the people the essence of the love of God; grace. Grace is all about loving even when a person by all worldly definitions of love does not deserve our time let alone our love. Yet, unconditional love looks beyond what is perceived and hopes for what is possible. As a nation we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday. Perhaps for some it is a time to make a few extra bucks, but for us it is an opportunity to thank those women in our lives that have loved us through good times and through bad, challenges and joys, as well as those times that we just don’t feel like showing our face in public. A mom is not defined by the biological ability or reality of giving birth, rather a mom is someone in our lives that no matter what looks beyond our shortcomings and was, and is, always there for us, seeking nothing more than what is best for us. To me, a mom is someone who looks at another and shares the grace of God and undying hope and devotion. So the question is, “what does it take?” The love of a mom is beyond words, just as the love of Christ is without definition. Love takes believing beyond what is seen; hoping for what may seem unreachable, and enduring through the challenges along the way. To have the love of a mom requires the love of Christ in their heart, a love that has no bounds and the commitment to those God called them to nurture, support and “be there” no matter what life has dealt them and the choices they have made. What does it take to be a mom? It takes a love that “bears all things, believes all things, endures all things;” a mother’s love never ends. Thank you mom! Thank you Jesus!