By Andy Wall

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” — Abraham Lincoln
“He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.”
J.K. Rowling

On this mother’s day, I am mindful of many gifts and blessings I received from my mom, Lois June Barnhart Wall, and am grateful as well for the many lessons she taught me.

  • Preparing countless meals for our family and making our table a welcoming place.
  • Showing me how to cook all things breakfast as well as how to prepare that most delectable of foods, the taco.
  • Being able to tell if I was running a fever just by placing her cheek against my forehead and bringing me 7 Up when I was sick.
  • Rubbing Vicks VapoRub on my chest and throat and placing a warm towel on it when I had a sore throat.
  • Teaching me how to read music and play the piano, as well as (ahem!) encouraging me to practice more consistently.
  • Seeing the good in people I thought were annoying.
  • Modeling hospitality as a regular part of our family life.
  • Refusing to speak evil of those with whom she disagreed.
  • Writing me affirming notes when I was disheartened.
  • Helping me learn that I can choose to enjoy doing things that I might not “feel like doing” such as going to encourage someone, working in the garden, or doing chores.
  • Modeling a life of faith through joyful worship, Bible reading, and service to others.
  • Allowing me to play football despite her misgivings.
  • Having an infectious love for nature and passing it on to me.
  • Being a safe and nurturing presence for me during my awkward phases.
  • Delighting together in our cats and laughing at their playful antics.
  • Crying together every Christmas at the same moment in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • Showing a remarkable graciousness to some very grumpy neighbors, eventually drawing them to faith in Christ.
  • Refusing to take sides or play favorites in silly sibling squabbles.
  • Honoring her parents, cherishing her sisters, and caring for her extended family.
  • Faithfully loving my Dad.
  • Modeling a saintly faith in the Lord coupled with humble service to others.

A happy Mother’s Day to all our moms. May God grant you today, whether in remembrance or in conversation, a grateful recounting of her gifts to you.

Andy Wall
Author: Andy Wall