A Salute to Mothers

Mother’s Day – a joyous occasion. Even though my own mother is deceased, I am blessed with daughters who will treat me by cooking lunch and we will have a great time celebrating the special day as family.  But for some, Mother’s Day, is a piercing reminder that their families are separated by war and many times, thousands of miles.

I would like to salute those mothers who serve in the military OR who serve those who serve and say a very special “Happy Mother’s Day”:

#1 – Those mothers who pray for their sons and daughters who in in the military – may your heart be at peace this Mother’s Day.

#2 –  Those mothers who are serving in the military – may your heart be couregeous as you serve your country and serve your family this Mother’s Day.

#3 – Those mothers who are wives of our men in uniform who serve their families while their husbands serve our country – may your heart be strong as you hold he family together with love and peace this Mother’s day.

Just recently after agreeing to an interview for my book “Seven Pillars of Success through Serving”, the young military man responded to my interview request with these words, “….. I have to warn you, I wouldn’t consider anything I’ve done worthy of a story.  Now my wife on the other hand is living in her 11th house in 14 years and still doesn’t have a place to call home.  She’s sacrificed far more than I…..”

I love the song by Angela Lashley, whose son, Jonathan, a young U.S. Army soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division, suddenly decided to leave college and join the army.   The evening after Jonathan flew off to join the service, Angela asked her husband, “When did he become so brave?” As she reflected over his life that night, her reflections became a song, “So Brave“:

“I remember when you learned to walk

I remember when you learned to talk

But I, can’t remember when, you learned to be so brave.

That time you stood up for a little guy,

Took on the bully at school, twice your size;

Was it then, do I remember when, you learned to be so brave.

If you ship out in September

Will my Christmas wish bring you home by December?

I’ll be thinkin’ of you and I’ll remember…

There was a puppy love you gave a valentine,

A broken heart that wouldn’t cry;

“The year you made the team and practiced everyday.

Hurt yourself and never got to play;

Maybe then, do I remember when, you learned to be so brave…

If you ship out in September

Will my Christmas wish bring you home by December?

I’ll be thinkin’ of you, son, I’ll remember

How you learned to be so brave.

So brave…”

A very special Mother’s Day Salute to all of you.

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