Dr. Andy Pate Jr.
The Orange Leader
Mom would have loved the abundance of beautiful wild flowers that now blossom alongside our Texas highways in the spring. She’d have rejoiced over the ease with which the great hymns of praise and wonder can be listened to over MP3 players. She’d have been genuinely appreciative of the speed with which we can today be transported, either by jet or by electronic means, to distant places, like to where grandchildren live.
But in other key respects, I fear, my Mom would likely be terribly disappointed with the 21st century. The intense polarization of the American people would have alarmed her, as would have the perpetuation of warfare and violence around the globe, and the high rate of poverty in our world and nation and, for sure, the terribly damaging impact of illegal drugs upon our culture.
Mom was no saint. But she was a woman of faith. Indeed, faith was where she centered her life and that of her family.
Mom’s been gone now for over half my adult life. I miss her presence, the awesomely uplifting power of her just being in the same room with me. But I still know her. She is still with me in more ways than I can count.
On this Sunday, the second in May 2013, most living sons and daughters can give affirming testimony to their mothers similar to mine. But sadly, not all. There have been and are bad mothers too and, unfortunately, the number of them may be increasing. The modern demands upon mothers are enormous.
And so it is, I believe, that our Mother’s Day message ought first and foremost to be addressed to every child who feels unwanted and unloved. For these lost children are the ones most likely to become as adults the most cynical, the most anger-driven and the most violent prone.
Show me an out-of-control, drugged-up, mentally or emotionally disturbed adult, and I’ll show you someone who very likely never had a mother whose life was faith-centered and absolutely devoted to being the best mother she could possibly be.
We may be unable to solve every adult problem, but we can make the welfare of our children our first concern.
“Let the children come unto me,” said Jesus.
Jesus knew exactly where to begin when building a better world. You start by letting children know they are loved and cared about.