Sunday is Mother’s Day which prompted me to reflect on a Mother’s legacy – both the tangible and the intangible. The legacies which we can touch and those we cannot. The definition of “legacy” in part is “….something handed down or received from an ancestor….”. What is the legacy which your mother is handing down to you or you have received from her? Or if you are a mother, what will be YOUR legacy?
It’s a true blessing to be able point to something tangible which has been handed down to us by our mothers. My mother, Jean Mothershed, was an incredibly talented artist. When she died suddenly at the age of 62, her legacy included a wonderful collection of oil paintings, some of which now cover the walls of my home and serve as a reminder to me of her passion to paint.
The Farmer’s mother, Vernie Thaxton, was also an artist. But her medium was fabrics and her art was hand-made quilts. When she passed away several years ago, we were left with a variety of those quilts which she had so lovingly crafted for our family. The one pictured here was given to Beth, my youngest daughter, when she was only two years old.
But a bigger blessing than the physical possessions passed down to us, and much more important than any art, money, or property, are the INTANGIBLE legacies our mothers leave behind. That is what most of us will remember at this time each year. We are reminded of those legacies which we are unable to touch: the legacies of love, family, faith, sacrifice and service.
My mother and my mother-in-law both have such legacies. Vernie remained faithful to God, her church and her family and attempted to serve others even during her last months and weeks on earth when she was in extreme physical pain.
My mother had a strong belief in family and lived that out by spending months caring for not only her own parents during their times of illnesses, but also helping to care for several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a woman of faith and an excellent Bible teacher. Even now, more than 15 years after her death, her former students speak of how they miss her insightful teaching of God’s Word.
A few things to ponder this Mother’s Day week-end: What will be – or is – your mother’s legacy to you? What did your mother hand down to you that is precious – the tangible (you can touch it) or the intangible (you can’t). And if you are a mother – what will be your legacy to your children? I would love to hear your stories and comments!