A Mother’s Pride and Joy

By Ralphine Major

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed” Proverbs 31:28 (KJV)

Mother’s Day.  It is one of the most celebrated times of the year.  The role of a mother is special.  It is her nature to nurture and care, guide and direct, and sacrifice and pray for her children.  Her work and service is never ending.  One of a mother’s greatest joys is sharing about her children.

Young mothers delight in showing a picture of their new baby.  Some mothers proudly display pictures of their youngsters wearing football uniforms or cheerleading outfits or maybe blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.  Even the faces of older mothers light up at the mention of her grown “children.”  At any age, children  are their mother’s pride and joy.

With today’s ease of snapping smart phone photos that can be seen in an instant, it is hard to imagine the almost obsolete task of taking pictures on a roll of film and getting them developed.  The process could often take days or weeks to finally see the rare and priceless finished photo.  In 1957, photos were few.  I am amazed at how selective our mother was to set up a photo before clicking the camera button.  She captured a special moment with my baby brother and me in the black and white photo shown here.  Our homes, communities, and nation are truly blessed because God gave us mothers.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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