Today is Mother’s Day and I want to deviate from my normal devotional routine and offer a poem that I wrote a few years ago for, to, and about my own mother. She departed this life on March 4, 2015, at the age of 95 and I miss her more than words can convey. Next, to God, she was my greatest rock when I needed an anchor. She was my encourager when I was feeling blue. She was my teacher when I needed to learn important lessons in life. She was my defender when outside forces attacked. She was my inspiration on so many levels it would be impossible to enumerate them all.
So, this is my Tribute to All Mothers but specifically, my Mother, Elva ‘Kellum’ Beaird. I know that my brother and sister as well as all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family would concur in my assessment of her. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman and demonstrated a life of godliness that has inspired me. She prayed me through my early years when the doctors gave no hope that I would survive. She prayed me through the teen years of rebellion. She prayed me through Vietnam and rejoiced when I gave my life to Jesus after returning.
Here is my tribute:
A Legacy of Love
Winter is past, Spring is in full bloom, and Summer is near.
My mind is filled with memories so dear.
Thoughts of my childhood, thoughts of my life
Living in a world filled with trouble and strife.
Reflections of my heritage and the Legacy of Love,
Totally resting in the Arms of God above.
Times like these, cause me to reflect on my past
And give thoughtful consideration to the things which will last.
Thankful to God for the heritage I’ve known,
Treasuring the Love which has always been shown.
The Legacy of Love which came from my Mother,
Enjoyed by me, my sister and brother.
Mother’s Day, though a much-celebrated Day,
Is never enough to fully repay,
The debt of love that has been in our lives.
A Legacy that we can pass on to our children, husbands, and wives.
And even beyond our own little clan
A Legacy we can pass on to all of Man!
Thank you, Mother, for your undying love.
The kind that is truly born from above.
Thank You for the sacrifices and even the pain
That you’ve known so that we might gain.
Forgotten, your Legacy will never be,
You will always be God’s Treasure to me!
© Roy Beaird 2001
God bless you as you celebrate Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to each Mother who reads this.