‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say

“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot.

Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, (and) understanding.”

Alice Walker

I cannot begin to understand what mothers go through during pregnancy, delivery, and child rearing. Yes, fathers should be supportive through every phase of raising their children. However, we know that in most situations, mothers assume a greater responsibility.

Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to say to mothers, “Thank you!” We thank all mothers for being the “chosen ones,” the vessels, life-sustainers, for that period of gestation, birth, infancy, adolescence, and even adulthood. We thank our mothers for the enormous sacrifices made to ensure our safe delivery and the nurturing care and concern when things were frantic, hectic and the desired outcome did not meet the expectation or dream.

Mothers are the ones who use their creative gifts to bargain, negotiate, and resolve tough challenges. Perceptively, they anticipate problems, challenges and brace themselves to address them head-on. Intuitively, mothers keep our families together and provide a safe landing and a protective space for our mess-ups.

The picture painted on Mother’s Day is one that respects all mothers. Yet, we are well aware that there are mothers who live through their own challenges and struggles. They need our loving support and care, forgiveness and tolerance. Not every mother is perfect. Yet, God chose her to be the carrier of life. We should demonstrate respect to her regardless of successes and failures.

We are grateful for mothers like Harriett Tubman who led us to freedom; for Emmett Till’s mother, Mrs. Mamie Till, whose son was murdered at the hands of evil White men during the Civil Rights Movement. We remember with great affection the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King – the mother of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement and nurturer of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. We remember these mothers and so many more who compassionately led their families.

We are grateful for all mothers – mothers who chose to stay home and keep things together; for mothers who worked – assisting with family responsibilities, but saw a vision to do multiple things; for those women who are not biological mothers, but support the nurturing of all children and families.

Today is your day. Every day is your day! We know that and we honor you not just on Mother’s Day, but every opportunity available to us. The peace of God be with you. Happy Mother’s Day. Amen.