You Will Miss Her

It’s hard to believe that the time has passed so quickly. It has been four years now since my mother has passed from this life to eternal life. The pain has subsided and the memories don’t bring as much grief, but what I do know is that I still miss her.

I would hear my grandmother and father say to me as a child “Boy, you have one mother and one day you will miss her!” I am a grown man of faith now – high functioning, successful, survivor. Through it all, one thing is still true – I miss my mother. I share this word of personal testimony with you to celebrate and heal your relationship with your own mother.

I had a decent relationship with my mother but it could have been richer if I took the time to do what I’m suggesting to you! So, I encourage those of you who still have mothers that are living on this side of heaven to pick up the phone and call them. Tell them how much you love them.

Momma may not be perfect and she probably has flaws that have left you scarred but I want you to know that one day you will miss her when she’s gone. Momma may not be the picture perfect mother to you but if you have not taken the time to celebrate her in such a way, I guarantee that you will miss her when she’s gone.

Momma may not have always been there because she was working days and nights to make sure you had a place to stay and nourishment for your body but she did this to give you life. Trust me, you will miss her when she is gone.

So please take the time this Mother’s Day to say to your mother, “I love you and I thank you for giving me life.” You only have one mother – take care of her, provide for her, and most of all love her because you only have one!

Rev. Dr. Charley Hames, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Charley Hames, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of Beebe Memorial Cathedral CME Church, Oakland, CA.  www.experiencebmc.org

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