I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. -Abraham Lincoln
No one loved me like Mama. She was a kind, gentle, southern woman who touched many lives.
Mama was a model, not a fashion model, but a model for others to follow.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines model as “an example of imitation or emulation.” By the grace of God, I seek to imitate her life each new day.
What was she like? She had an appetite for life and helping others. Allow me to share some of the things she loved.
A love for teaching. One of the most significant influences in my life was my mother’s love for teaching. She taught high school chemistry, physics, and biology. Ms. Hall, as her students called her, taught in a challenging and captivating fashion.
Mama had a passion for preparing her students for college and life. She won the “Teacher of the Year” award numerous times. Her students loved her dearly.
I remember seeing cars enter our home driveway many times. I would wonder – who is that? Another student from the past was bringing their family to meet my mother. These students had grown up to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other contributing members of society.
A love for others. Mama was a magnet. Students and individuals from our community would seek her counsel.
I remember many days after school waiting on my mother. Why? She had a student seeking her advice on how to get into college. Another student was having trouble at home. Other individuals sought her wisdom.
A love for her children. I have an older brother, an older sister, and one twin brother. We could not have asked for a better mother.
I am thankful for wonderful childhood memories. Mama engaged my imagination with children’s stories and fables. We had grand birthday parties with neighborhood friends. I remember Christmas holidays with the scent of red cedar in the house, gifts under the tree, and the reading of Luke 2.
A love for my father. My mother worshipped the ground my father walked on and my father loved my mother with a consistent, enduring love. They worked hard together through life. They loved to garden together, fish together, and work together on our family farm.
My mother and father modeled a healthy marriage filled with fidelity. My parents never argued. I do not recall a single time when they raised their voice towards one another.
A love for God. Above all things, my mother taught me to love God. When I was two weeks old, she took me and my twin brother to church. As a child, I remember learning about Moses, Ruth, David the giant killer, Daniel, the little guy in the tree Zaccheus, and King Jesus. Mama prayed for me persistently.
More than thirty years ago, Mama breathed her last breath this side of heaven. She fought her battle with cancer bravely. She taught me another lesson about life, this time about courage and never giving up. I miss my mother greatly, but I am grateful for her example and influence. Her life lives on in countless lives.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13
Question: Who was one person who influenced your life in significant ways?