Lately I’ve been seeing ads for nursing homes that show a woman with a little girl on one side, and then another woman with an older woman on the other side. The caption runs “She took care of you when you were little. Now it’s your turn.”
Parent-child relationships are weird in that they tend to reverse themselves over time. As your mothers (and fathers, but we’ll save that for June) get older, you have to start taking care of them. But you don’t have to wait until Mom’s arthritis is acting up to start giving back. In fact, there’s one huge thing you can do for your mother no matter how old either of you are, and it fits in perfectly with our next core value:
Prayer is the primary work of God’s people.
As a parent, one of the most vital things you can do for your child is to pray with them and for them. As a child, you can play an equally vital role in your mother’s life by praying for her. Here are a few things you can pray for God to bless your mother with:
Joy: even when life gets busy and everything feels like a chore
Peace: during the hard times
Rest: for her body and her soul
Grace: to know she’s loved even when she isn’t perfect
Guidance: to follow God whole-heartedly
Wisdom: when life’s problems have no easy answers
Strength: God’s strength for when hers runs out
Patience: especially when her child is being difficult
And finally, thanksgiving. Today’s all about thanking Mom for being so great, but let’s take it one step further. Thank God for Mom.