• May 2018
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May 2018

Mother’s Day is celebrated this Sunday, May 13th , a special time for acknowledging these very important and significant people in our lives.

As an exercise, my friends & I brainstormed for significant words and phrases that best describe and reflect what mother/mum/mama/o’honi means to each of us, and the end result is a very, very long list… We also shared many stories, amidst laughter and tears. We each fondly recalled defining moments with those people who were nurturing, reassuring, and empowering. We spoke of dear memories of loving mother-figures who played important roles in our lives. We even recalled friends in our youth, who at the time we had deemed too serious, too well mannered, whom we had referred to as ‘mother or grandmother’ because they were not as much fun. On reflection, we realized that it was a great thing those persons had been in our lives because they brought common sense, order, and a form of discipline when we were young, mischievous, and a little rebellious.

So, in memory and tribute to our dear beautiful mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, aunties, big sisters, and friends who stepped in to serve as mothers, past and present: we honour, respect, salute, and love you.  I pay homage in sharing this:

                              Proverbs 31:10-31

10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
 15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
 19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
 20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
 22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
 24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
 26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
 28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
 29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
  31 Honour her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.




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