Mother’s Day is filled with sentimentality; yet mothers well deserve recognition and gratitude for their indispensable contributions to our lives.
Booker T. Washington captures my sentiment: “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.”
When I think of my mother, Edith Walker Carder, I am confronted with the paradoxes of her remarkable influence on me and those who knew her.
- She had a sixth-grade formal education but excelled in wisdom,
- She was small of stature but big of heart,
- She never held an office in church but faithfully served God.
- She never taught a Sunday school class but knew the Bible thoroughly,
- I never heard her pray aloud, but she prayed without ceasing,
- She had strong moral values but never condemned others,
- She lived with constant physical pain but never complained,
- She knew poverty firsthand but was generous toward others,
- She grew up in a racially segregated world but welcomed ALL people,
- She never occupied a leadership position but influenced for good all who knew her,
- She never accumulated wealth but was rich in the “fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peach, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Mom died in 2013 at the age of 95 but lives on in God’s eternal presence and in the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know her.