The timing of this story is quite incredible. After living a life that demonstrated the influence of his mother's desire for him, Dallas Willard entered forever into eternity just a few days before Mother's Day. How fitting.
As I have been scrolling through Facebook this week, during my travels, I have seen so many express gratitude for the influence of their mothers. I have never noticed before such a widespread changing of profile pictures as adult children post photos of their mothers. I was thrilled to see the faces of some of my friends who went to Heaven several years ago. I see proof that their influence lives on in the lives of their children.
This year, circumstances prevent me from being with my children on Mother's Day, yet this week I have had the privilege of special intimate moments with each of them. I had to be in Toronto for some meetings at the end of the week. My son, graciously provided me with a place to stay at his apartment. We were able to do some very ordinary things together. It seems like when there is unhurried time just to do household tasks and chat together, we realize the joy there is in our relationship. John even shared his animals with me, his dog sharing my bed and his cats sleeping on the floor beside me. I felt so at home in his home. Then after I left I received a text message from him thanking me for the food I bought to fatten his larder. I loved his gratitude. What more could a mother ask to celebrate Mother's Day.
It is true that mothers are able to have a great influence on their children. However it seems to me equally true that children have the unique ability to draw forth from us as mothers qualities like nobility, gentleness, kindness and unselfishness. I know that I am a better person because of what my children have needed and expected from me and I am grateful that they have given me opportunities to nurture these virtues in my developing character.
As a mother, my children have also taught me that I do not have within me enough nobility or gentleness, or kindness or unselfishness to be the person they want me to be. However, when I read the story of a life like that of Dallas Willard, or a hundred other Heros of the Faith, I am reminded that the resources are avialable to me to approach more and more those lofty ambitions I have to be a mother who makes a positive difference in the lives of her children. When I keep eternity before my eyes and reach for help from He who fills eternity with His loving presence, I can bask fully in the joy and gratitude of my children.
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