I typed a letter to my mom a while ago. I think it deserves a repeat showing here. It really portrays how I am feeling at the moment. Life has been an interesting, joyful but also very challenging time with a toddler and a baby.
Title: Love Letter
How do you do all that you do? They say when you have your first kid you really start to appreciate all that your mother did for you, you “get it”. Well they were right. It sounds so cliché but it’s so true! Your eyes are finally opened to what it really took to take care of and love someone to their best potential.
I know we didn’t see eye to eye most of the time and we see things in very different ways now. But I can appreciate this aspect of our relationship in the season of life I find myself in. I can also see how very much I am like you. And how I want to be like you.
You gave into you family more than I can even try to explain on paper. It’s just not possible. You are a living example of self-sacrifice and the love of Jesus.
We have no better person to look at than Christ. His whole life on earth was about others. He truly saw people and genuinely cared about their story. His very life was about serving and being there for others and saving them from the selfish life of sin.
Lets look at The book of Matthew. It says that Christ had great compassion (Matt 9:36) and that he blessed children (Matt 19:13). We also know that he listened to the woman at well and saw her for who she really was.(John 4:7-29) He also looked at the rich young ruler and loved him (Mark 10:21). If anyone could spend true authentic time with people and truly care and see them for who they were it was Christ. It was personalized. It was individualized. What amazes me is that He saw us for who we were…sinners and still loved us! The authenticity and true care and service toward others is mind-boggling in a world and society that claims “me first, I’m worth it”. It is refreshing and raw in a way we very rarely get a glimpse of. But here is the kicker….
35 Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
“WE are to do this too…and even more so.
12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.
Mom, you loved us even when we weren’t lovable. You gave even when you had nothing left. You still do. You continue to love and give and pour out blessing on our lives. Praying and interceding for us daily.
I hope I can show Christ to my children. I hope they see Jesus in me. I hope they learn to be an example to the world as well. But if they don’t, I still will love them, I still will intercede for them in my prayers. Because that is what you did for me and that is what Christ did for us all!
Thank you Mom!
Your Loving Daughter