John Poitevint / May 8, 2022

mothers dayThere is no gift more precious from God, to a son or daughter, than having a Godly mother (Proverbs 31:25-28). For nearly 58 years, this preacher was blessed with having a Godly mother who greatly influenced my life for good. For soon to be 41 years, I have watched my Godly wife influence our sons to become the Godly men they are. Both of these women used their Godly influence and example before me and my three sons (II Timothy 1:5; Titus 2:3-4; Hebrews 11:4).

My mother and my wife were and are women of great integrity and high moral values, instilling in me and my sons a sense of doing what is right, no matter what the outcome. Now, my mother is gone and I miss her every day. I miss all of the questions, the advice, and most of all her closing every conversation with, “son, I love you” and knowing she meant it! Now, I get to see it was a spectator’s view in watching this very same interaction between my wonderful wife and my three sons.

There was never any doubt my mom loved me, because regardless of age, my mom wanted to hug and kiss me every time she saw me---I was always her little boy. I get to see this again in the interaction between my wife and my three sons! There is something about the act of hugging, that brings two people closer together, showing a natural affection of loving and caring to another person. In fact, research shows that hugging gives a child a feeling of self-esteem and self-worth—a sense of abiding security in an insecure world.

Brethren and friends, if you’ve been blessed by still having your mom with you, have you hugged her today? If you haven’t please do so at every opportunity, because one day, she will no longer be around to hug. Treasure those times when you and your mom are drawn closer to one another through the simple act of hugging.

May the Lord richly bless all the Moms on Mother’s Day, all of the fine Christian women of this congregation here at Caverns Road, and may you as their child, grandchild, nephew, niece, and etc., express your tender love, care, and affection for them through the simple act of hugging.




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