My maternal grandparents married young, as most did back in the day. And my grandmother died three days after birthing momma. My great grandmother raised her to adulthood in North Carolina, while her father went to find work in Maryland.
Momma has never seen a photo of her mother because as a toddler, the house they lived in burnt down along with any photos of my grandmother.
Did she ever wonder what her mother looked like, etc.? Probably but you would never know whether she had internal issues regarding growing up motherless because of the exuberant love that she expresses to her family and others.
Everyone that she meets calls her momma. She has helped so many people and has too many godchildren for me to publish their names. And don’t forget about her god grandchildren. She absolutely adores them.
But this type of love that my momma has can’t be manufactured but it is a gift from God. It comes from her relationship and faith in God. And it is so deep that it goes beyond the grave.
A few years ago my eldest sister, Anna, passed away and we buried her the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Although my mother was devastated at the loss, she reached deep down and relied on her faith in God to muster up enough strength to go to church the next day, which was Mother’s Day.
Most said that they didn’t expect her to be at church but her reply was that she had done all she could as a mother for my sister on this side and now she was in Heaven, where God was taking care of her. You see, a mother’s love never dies!
So whether you are a mother, grandmother, aunt, caregiver, guardian, etc. your title doesn’t matter or the fact that you didn’t give birth to a child. What matters are the sacrifices, love, and encouragement that you provide to someone who is longing for a mothers love.
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Take care. :>) Phenola Moore