Without Mom

Dear Children of a Mother,

Desmond Tutu, the black Episcopalian Archbishop of South Africa, who won the Noble Peace Prize for his ongoing nonviolent struggle against apartheid, was once asked to recall the formative experience of his life. He replied, “One incident comes to mind immediately. When I was a young child I saw a white man tip his hat to a black woman. Please understand that such a gesture is completely unheard of in my country. The white man was an Episcopalian bishop and the black woman was my mother.”

When you’re a small child how your Mother treats you stands out, and as you age how you (and others) treat your Mother begins to stand out. A good Mother teaches you to respect yourself, others and those in authority such as your Mother and Father.

Sunday is Mother’s Day. This is the first Mother’s day in my 56 years of life my Mother will not physically be with me on the earth. But she left a legacy of life lessons that travel with me each day.

Let us pray that we reflect into the life lessons, both good and bad, that we have gleaned from the maternal gifts God has placed in our midst. Thanks be to God.

Read Exodus 20 for further reflection.

Still in one peace,
David J. Jensen


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