Steve and I want to wish our mothers a most blessed day. Thank you for how you have nurtured and nourished us. Thank you for the gift of life. You have ministered the grace of God to us in profound ways. We love you.
Enjoy this repost from last fall and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
“I am so glad that you have come. I will pour out everything inside me so you may leave this table satisfied and fortified. Blessings on your eyes. Blessings on your children. Blessings on the ground beneath you. My heart is a ladle of sweet water, brimming over.”
Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
This is one of my favorite quotes……..from one of my all-time favorite books, The Red Tent. The book is work a of fiction about the life of Dinah…..the only daughter of Jacob. (taken from the account in Genesis). It’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I have this quote printed on pretty paper, framed and sitting on my kitchen counter, right beside where I cook. It helps me—when I’m tired or stressed and trying to make food—-to remember how I feel about those who sit at my table everyday. It reminds me to not just go through the motions of cooking…..but to do it with joy and gladness so that I can truly ‘serve’ those I love……literally nurturing and sustaining them. And you know what? It makes the food taste better. I’m sure of it. Isn’t our attitude about things powerful like that?
I was listening to this yesterday on my favorite radio show, Issues Etc., and it helped me to see….for the first time ever…..that a wife really is a picture of the bride of Christ…..the Church. She is the means by which God gives birth to its members through the regeneration of baptism and the means by which He sustains and nourishes its members through the very body and blood of Christ at the Lord’s Supper. So my vocation of wife and mother is not trivial. And my uniqueness as the life-giving, life-sustaining source in this family is so important to God….. so important…..that he compared it to His Church….whom He loved enough to give His very life for.
Isn’t that what we as women have the freedom and privilege to do…..to “pour out everything inside us”? I feel a little like that about blogging. We share ourselves and our hearts with each other…..to nourish and sustain ourselves and those we love. Your blogs and your words are like that for me…..”sweet water, brimming over”. So, read the quote again……and be blessed today.
And cook that meatloaf with love, baby!
Happy Mother’s Day to you Edie. 🙂
ST. MICHAEL'S WIFE says
Beautiful posting. Thanks for the blessing.
Hi! I'm Kirsten... says
I’m not a mother and my mother and I haven’t always had the best of relationships. But…I’ve had a lot of women in my life who were pseudo mothers to me and I know how important women like that have been to me. This is truly an important day to celebrate.
Happy Mother’s Day to you Edie!!
Happy Mother’s Day Edie,
I love that picture of you and your daughter! I just thought I’d let you know I’m off of private mode so feel free to stop by. Love ya. Jess
our preacher read proverbs 31 today and asked us to replace the word woman with church to show us how the church, the bride of christ, is supposed to be. i had never read it that way before and it was amazing and took on a whole deeper meaning for me and my responsibility not only as a wife, but as a part of Christ’s bride.
Happy Mothers day to you Edie!
Motherhood is such a high calling, such a selfless, tiring calling. I’m feeling that. I want to be up to it 🙂
I have a small, dishoveled, unfinsihed, unpainted, rented kitchen: no decoration, no backsplash, nowhere to hang pictures, no money or time to do anything about it….I wonder if I could print that quote and hang it up under my cabinets and pretend that you came over and did it for me, to encourage and spur me on…..
I love this post – and reading that quote on your blog prompted me to read The Red Tent. I loved it!
hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!