Tuesday, August 27, 2013
In Wartime, as sons went off to join the army, Mother's heart would break. She would watch her boys walk down the lane in their uniforms, and she would pray for them.
During some wars, in some countries, terrible things have happened. Family members were taken by enemies, or by soldiers. I have read about wives and mothers weeping as cruel people took away the family.
How do Mothers have enough courage to go on each day?
There are happier leavings. . . . Children grow up and move into their own homes. Another family is established, another home. Mother feels content to see her grown children at peace and being blessed. Yet, she misses that empty spot at the table. She misses those late night talks of all the news as young adults came home from their outings.
Still, there is an emptiness in the heart and soul when family leaves. How do these mothers go on?
Somehow she must keep her routine. She must keep praying at the appointed hour of family worship. She must make the meals, and sweep the floors. Despite her worries and her sadness, she must continue to keep making a home.
Someday, those precious ones will walk back down the lane to see their old Mother. There will be a happy reunion. Someday, that lane may be heaven, or it may be the old homestead, but there will be a time of reunion and all will be well again.
Mothers must have faith and courage that God is in control, no matter how bleak things look, or how many burdens we wallow in. Mother must continue to have a happy peace in her soul, knowing that faith is stronger than anything we see before us.
Mother's Courage will soar, as she focuses on her daily routine in the sweet little home, and in her humble efforts at homemaking.
Her faithful prayers will soothe the lives and hearts of the missing ones. . . For Mother to stay behind at home, keeping it nice, waiting for the return of the family - . . . this is brave and noble courage.
From the Archives:
The True work of a Homemaker - The Mission House.
The Comfort of Home - The Light in the Window.
Please Be One of These - The Mother Who Isn't Busy.
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