Friday, May 7, 2010
Lessons From Mothers of Old (Part Two)
4. During the great migration to the West, I have read of accounts of women giving birth to children in a covered wagon along the bumpy trail. Picture the comfortable maturity rooms that we have. The wonderful bed that goes up and down, the clean sheets, the ice chips, the nurses and doctor. How did these women not become bitter and resentful to husbands that forced them to leave a comfortable home for a “better life” out West? They left children behind in unmarked graves they would never see again. Children that had been run over by wagons, bitten by poisonous snakes and killed by cholera and other ravaging diseases. Again, no grief counseling, they just had to keep going. They had to prepare the next meal, wash the next load of laundry. There were no pills to take for depression, no time to be taken off to recoup. It was a hard life and for women to survive it, they became as tough as nails.
5. Recently, I watched a movie called, “Trojan Women”. This movie had a haunting scene that I will never forget. The wife of the king of the city of Troy had been captured. Her husband was killed and her son (the next heir to the kingdom) was taken. They brought her son to her to say goodbye. They had orders from the conqueror to kill him. They couldn’t let this 4-year-old boy live. I watched as the poor mother did everything she could defend her son from an army of men. When she found out he was to be killed, she let out a wail that was hard to describe. I thought to myself, “This has to be a mother’s worse nightmare. To not be able to defend your child from death. Whether it is natural disaster, famine or sword, it must be the most painful experience you could have.” She placed herself in front of her child, only to be dragged off of him. Tears came to my eyes. Her protector gone, she finally had to surrender him.
6. I think of the Native Americans. What did they do for diapers? What did they do when their child was sick, vomiting and had diarrhea in the middle of the night. How did they deal with the same problems that we deal with now?
When we think we have it so bad, lets not forget these mothers of old. Because of their strength, we have a rich history. Many of these mothers relied on the wisdom of the Bible. If they couldn’t read the Bible, they would hear the Word read from their husbands, or by going to church. It gave them strength to carry on, in the midst of depression, hardship, and dealing with death after death.
Can we learn from them? Can we take these principles, look to our God and realize that we DO have everything that we need? The rest is gravy, simply gravy.
God bless you as you continue to faithfully mother your children. Let us keep pressing on towards the goal of raising godly children who will effect the next generation and many more to come.
From One Mom to Another,