Virginia the Blogger has been a bit distracted with various challenges the past few weeks. Papa was really sick last weekend (Mama & I thought the Pearly Gates were close), but after lots of prayer & lots of help in the hospital this week, Papa is oh-so-much-better & back at home, thanks (big, BIG THANKS) be to God! I, however, am very tired after a week of hospital all-nighters (tain’t no spring chicken no more, no more : ) but wanted to post this something written for my Mama a few years ago. So grateful to God for the gift of her life & her love & her joyful Mothering that continues as she zooms around in her wheelchair, a little rickety moving her 90 frail pounds about, but still overflowing with so much love from an inner spring filled from Above…
The Mystery of Magnificent Motherhood
On Mothers Day we celebrate the mystery of Motherhood. From the outside, Motherhood doesn’t seem so mysterious but just simply the mastering of responsibilities and physical tasks. Responsibilities that include raising children to know right and wrong, not to hurt themselves, to study, and to grow from turbulent twos through the terrifying teens into functioning adults. Physical tasks involve delivering babies (washing them, carrying them, helping them walk) cooking, cleaning…
These, admittedly, amount to a great deal of work.
Magnificent Motherhood, however, is a mystery that involves more than just responsibilities and tasks. To understand this mystery, special qualities are required:
Magnificent Motherhood is SACRIFICE.
Selflessly sacrificing (all the time) & the last piece of chocolate cake.
Magnificent Motherhood is JOY.
Joy even when illness strikes, the pots overflow, & we act unruly..
Magnificent Motherhood is BEAUTY.
Beauty seen in us (even with pimples) & nurtured in our surroundings.
Magnificent Motherhood is GENEROSITY.
Generously sharing special gifts, checks, and Mr. Madison’s fudge.
Magnificent Motherhood is MUSIC.
Music composed in a heart overflowing with the joy of Jesus.
Magnificent Motherhood is ACTION.
Hugging us, holding our hands, and helping us through each crisis.
Magnificent Motherhood is PRAYER.
Unceasing prayer – faithful communion with God (often on our behalf.)
Magnificent Motherhood is FAITHFULNESS.
Faithfulness to God (1st), and 56 years (!) with the Fabulous Fossil.
Magnificent Motherhood is LOVE.
Love shared from an inner spring that never diminishes…
It’s actually very simple.
The Mystery of Magnificent Motherhood is
(Virginia Francis Johnson Woodward)
With love & appreciation from her daughter,
(Virginia Lea Woodward)
grace, peace & magnificent mothers
Virginia : )
P.S. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!