2017-05-12 / Chaplain's News

Remembering and saluting mothers everywhere

Army News Service

“Mama told me when I was young Come sit beside me, my only son And listen closely to what I say And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day” —“Simple Man”, Lynyrd Skynyrd

In 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd released the song “Simple Man.” It’s the story of a mother giving her son some advice in order to prepare him for his path in life. The song depicts her loving desire to ensure her son is ready for life by asking him to follow her simple advice. Her guidance includes a life of faith, love, balanced priorities, and secure identity. Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Gary Rossington wrote the song after the deaths of Van Zant’s grandmother and Rossington’s mother. After a day of swapping stories, they decided to pay tribute to the advice these pivotal women had given them over the years.

So this week we offer up a simple litany of prayer written by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen:

So to all who are mothers in flesh and spirit, …..We honor you.

With those who are pregnant, however anticipated, expected, or surprising, …..We support the flourishing of new life.

With those who gave birth this year, …..We celebrate with you.

With those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains and spit up, …..We appreciate you.

With those who lost a child this year, …..We mourn with you.

With those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or children leaving home, …..We ache with you.

With those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, disappointment and tears, …..We walk with you.

With those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms, …..We thank you.

With those who have warm and close relationships with your children, …..We rejoice with you.

With those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children, …..We sit with you.

With those who lost their mothers this year, …..We grieve with you.

With those who miss your mothers, …..We sympathize with you.

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood, …..We are better for having you in our midst.

This Mother’s Day,

…..We salute you.

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