What’s the best gift your mom gave you?Â Â Today’s reflection comes from the ever-insightful writer Â Sarah Reinhard. Â Sarah is one of the first e-friends I made when I started blogging three + years ago, and her blog Â remains one of my very faves. Â She is the author ofÂ a number of books for familiesÂ and writes online atÂ SnoringScholar.com. Â Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here, Sarah!
The first and greatest gift my mother gave me is my life. As Iâ€™ve come to appreciate the unique circumstances that led to my very existence, I canâ€™t help but thank her for that.
The second, and more recent gift, which Iâ€™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 didnâ€™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 Iâ€™ve caused Him throughout my lifeâ€”heck, just today!
My understanding of forgiveness has grown, and my momâ€™s example to me has remained as a lesson in life and faith.
Sarah Reinhard blogs at SnoringScholar.com amidst the chaos and joy of life in the country with kids and critters underfoot.