The Best Gift My Mom Gave Me by Sarah Reinhard

What’s the best gift your mom gave you?   Today’s reflection comes from the ever-insightful writer  Sarah Reinhard.  Sarah is one of the first e-friends I made when I started blogging three + years ago, and her blog  remains one of my very faves.  She is the author of a number of books for families and writes online at  Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here, Sarah!

The first and greatest gift my mother gave me is my life. As I’ve come to appreciate the unique circumstances that led to my very existence, I can’t help but thank her for that.

The second, and more recent gift, which I’ll spend more time explaining, is forgiveness.

I spent five years not speaking to my mother, not communicating with her, and being quite a jerk to anyone who had the temerity or bad luck to bring up her name to me. The reasons for this were varied and, as I look back, rather immature.

And yet, in spite of this, she didn’t hesitate to embrace me fully and completely when I approached her asking for her forgiveness.

It makes me think of the story of the prodigal son (see Luke 15:11-32) and how much the response of the merciful father touches me.

It makes me think of the pain ahead of me in my own vocation as a mother.

It makes me look to God and wonder at the pain I’ve caused Him throughout my life—heck, just today!

My understanding of forgiveness has grown, and my mom’s example to me has remained as a lesson in life and faith.

Sarah Reinhard blogs at amidst the chaos and joy of life in the country with kids and critters underfoot.

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