Mothers Day: My Mother, My Gem by Loretta Coley Lipsey

[My post for today is a wonderful tribute to the author’s mother. It seems to me that it applies rather well to Blessed Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother.  Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and some other Christians believe that when Jesus gave his mother to the Apostle John’s care, Jesus also gave her to us.]

My mother, my gem, what beauty she holds
Her worth is far greater than rubies or gold.
She was created by God and sent from above
And the first gem she gives me is the gemstone of LOVE.

A love unconditional, she loves at all time
Her love never fails me for, you see, it’s sublime.
The second gem she gives me is GUIDANCE each day
As she follows the Lord and shows me the way.

He gave her the knowledge through His Holy Birth
To pass on to me for survival on earth.
But the ultimate goal at the end of her miles
Is to hear her God say, “Well done, my child.”

Then came the third gem God gave with no price
And with His great wisdom came the gem of SACRIFICE.
A Mother who’s true to God’s Holy Word
Will lay down her life and not a sigh will be heard.

She will give all she owns and never ask why
To keep safe those God loaned her from heaven on high.
Next comes the fourth gem, and she will walk through the fire
To give all that is needed to ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE.

Whatever my task or the choices I make
She’ll help me get through with fewer mistakes.
She fears the Lord and for this she is praised
And her faith will be rewarded at the end of her days.

Then comes the fifth gem of COURAGE, not fear
She teaches me to listen just so I may hear.
I have Satan to battle every minute of each day
But God is the answer if I’ll follow His way.

She is always there, be it day or night
To build up my courage and teach me what’s right.
Many women do noble things, but she surpasses them all
When, as a Mother, she listens and responds to God’s call.

Last but not least is the gemstone of PRAYER
She spends hours on her knees to keep me safe in His care.
She teaches me daily that life’s trials can be long
But if I’ll have faith God will help me be strong.

She can be soft and tender but tough when it’s time
For she loves me unselfishly and her love is entwined
Around the heart of God and then back to me
For she gives me her love unconditionally.

She is my Mother, my Gemstone, so precious and rare
And I’m so thankful God placed me safe in her care.

Written and Copyright © 2003 by Loretta Coley Lipsey

[Stained glass window in the Church Kilianskirche of Heilbronn, Mary (mother of Jesus) Deutsch: by  Joachim Köhler courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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4 Responses to Mothers Day: My Mother, My Gem by Loretta Coley Lipsey

  1. Denise says:

    What a beautiful heartfelt reflection and prayer. Mother’s truly are gems, but working together with a similar father, the two are Christ’s hands and feet. I pray all parents will strive to love one another as Christ has loved us, to love in a way that gives life, nurtures life, says yes to life, in every circumstance.

  2. Denise says:

    I hope you don’t mind that I shared (with copyright) this poem with some mothers I know who may not follow your blog. I did encourage them to do so with a link inserted, though. Thank you!

  3. Rose says:

    How sweet was it to recieve a carnation and St. Anne amulet from the church for Mother’s Day? I’ll tell you: very! Thanks to all those at Sacred Heart and the Knights of Columbus! Thank you Pastor Paul for the special benediction to mothers in your prayer last night as well. It was very beautiful.

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