Extra-Special Mother’s Day

14 May 2007

Mother’s Day is extra-special to me because of you. As I reflect on those of you who persistently prayed for me, who patiently listened to me, who faithfully read my emails, who joyfully accompany me at the hospital, who tirelessly cooked for us, who kindly offered to babysit the children and also those who so willingly gave of themselves in whatever way to make my life easier and stress-free, I am so grateful for your love showered upon me. Nancy Campbell in her devotion ‘The Power of Motherhood’, has this to say about motherhood:

‘The true essence of motherhood is the revelation of God’s maternal heart to the world.’

So whether you are married or single, male or female, thank you for showing me the maternal heart of God.

Mother’s Day is extra-special to me because I saw how much my mom loves me. My mom loves me so much that she’ll do anything within her ability to ensure that I’m under minimum stress. She makes a point to pray for me everyday. She blesses me every time I go to the hospital. My mom constantly reminds me to rest and relax and would relieve me of the children whenever she is with them. Mom tries to play interesting games with John. She has also been doing a great job in supervising Rebecca in her learning. Furthermore, she is instrumental in fine tuning the way Li-Ann pronounces ‘Papa’. WOW!!! Isn’t she a supergranny? I think so too. Thank you mommy. Thank you supergranny.

Mother’s Day is extra-special to me because I am privileged to be a mom to three beautiful blessings. You know, when I found out I’ve got cancer, the first thing that came to my mind was: I won’t be able to do all that I want to do for my children. It was a very depressing thought. I felt very worthless. Life seemed to have lost its meaning. But over the past few months, I’ve learnt that all I need to do for my children is to be there for them, to hug them and to tell them that I love them. When I shared with them about my fears, they, in their childlike faith, reminded me: ‘Don’t be afraid, Mama. God is with you ok? I will pray for you.’ This brings tears to my eyes. Yes, I pray for faith like theirs – the faith that looks unwaveringly to our Heavenly Father no matter what happens. Amidst all the trips that I have to make to the hospital, I thank God that He, the Perfect Parent, taught them when I was unable. Thank you children, for mothering your mommy.

I was reflecting on a Mother’s Day message on the relationship between Naomi and Ruth, one of her daughters-in-law. After Naomi’s husband and two sons died, she told both her daughters-in-law to return to their mothers’ house. Ruth refused and told Naomi: ‘Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.’ (Ruth 1:16) Ruth must have been attracted to Naomi because of the way she lived her life. She must have been a living out a life of faith, trusting in the Lord. It led me to ask: would I be able to teach my children to love and follow my God? Would my life show my family the way to Jesus? Would my testimony encourage you to seek Jesus – who loves you and desires to bless you? I pray so.

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35


PS. I thank God that I’m doing well. I had some throat dryness 2 weeks back but that could be due to the flu bug. I’m recovering. Weekends are good breaks. Today’s my 10th day of RT. YEA!!! 15 more days to go!

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