Celebrate Mother’s Day with All Your Heart, Spirit

“A mother’s love is something that can carry you through the rest of your life.” — Eric J. Kos

Celebrate Mother’s Day with All Your Heart, Spirit

A pair of quotes adorn the walls inside Alameda’s beautiful, bright and airy Christian Science church, at Walnut Street and Central Avenue: “God Is Love” and “Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need” from Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy. 

Divine love is the purest form of love, and is most frequently experienced as a mother’s love for her children. For this reason, Christian Scientists refer to God as “Father-Mother God” — an impersonal, all-loving, kind and creative eternal spiritual Presence that lives Itself through Its divine ideas, its children. Its children are us. 

The special purity of motherly love is an experience that touches most of us at the soul and essence of our being. It becomes a vital, unforgettable part of our life, forever. Each person has a unique motherly love story to tell. Here are a few: 

n The first comes from the pen of children’s book writer Dorothy C. Fisher: “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. 

n Here’s one from Civil War president Abraham Lincoln: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” 

n And another from singer Stevie Wonder: “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” 

n Novelist and essayist Barbara Kingsolver said, “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” 

n Writer Forest Houtenschil told his mom: “On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines:  You’re my mother — I would have no other!” 

n Our first president George Washington wrote: “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” 

n Writer and humorist Mark Twain said: “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”

n Humorist (and newspaper columnist) Erma Bombeck advised: “When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” 

n Mary Ann Evans who wrote as George Eliot said, “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” 

n Writer Washington Irving wrote:  “A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all.” 

n Author Alice Walker said, “Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.” 

n Here are three from comedian Rodney Dangerfield: “When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother; I was so ugly my mother used to feed me with a sling shot.” And, “My mother had morning sickness after I was born.” 

n Finally here are three from anonymous sources: “A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.” ”Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” And, “There is nothing stronger than the Love between a mother and son.” 

My mother, of blessed memory, the ineffable Champagne Rosie, dedicated her life to her children. 

Fiercely protective as a mother bear, she made her children’s welfare the primary focus of her life. 

Perhaps that is what the life-changing choice of motherhood should entail; a life-long commitment to be the bedrock of a child’s life. Champagne Rosie was the bedrock of my life. 
Champagne Rosie eschewed religion and the religious, but loved and trusted the works and words of Jesus. Her faith and spirituality brought her great joy, peace and harmony. 

On this Mother’s Day, let us toast my mom, Champagne Rosie, and all mothers everywhere, in person, or in spirit. 

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