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A Mother's Blessing: A Photo Reflection

We asked real people to talk about their moms and the results were touching and revealing. During the interviews, we realized their mothers modeled Christ for them just by being who they were, and in doing so, helped their children become the people they are today.


(Tafadzwa Mudambanuki) I grew up in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

My mom, when I grew up, demonstrated what any mom, I think, should be. Caring. She was hard-working. And she did instill those values in us as kids. To work hard. To respect people. And to fear God.

I've always been serving God, up to now. So, I thank God for my mother.

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Train children in
The right way,
And when old,
They will not stray.
Proverbs 22:6

(Lilla Marigza) I look back at my mother's life and I've often wondered, how do you, at twenty-one years old, graduate from college and say, "I have a calling to be a missionary. And I'll go wherever you need to send me."

If my mother hadn't ended up half way across the world from Kansas to the Philippines, my brother and sisters and I wouldn't be who we are today.

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For where your
Treasure is,
There your heart
Will be also.
Matthew 6:21

(Brent House) Her cooking. Momma spoiled us when we were little. I mean she cooked three meals a day. Except on Sundays. We went out to eat on Sundays. That was her day off.

Momma was always very loving. I don't think she came to very many of my football games because I think she was scared I'd get hurt.

There was never a time I didn't feel loved by momma.

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And now faith, hope, and love, abide,
These three, and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

(Fran Coode Walsh) It is impossible to speak about my mother without saying she was a person who believed in prayer.

There was not a time that a baby was being born that my mother didn't have that candle lit and she was saying prayers for everything to go well and also to thank God for a new life in our family.

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Devote yourselves to prayer,
Keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2

(Lladale Carey) My mother always thought about others. She was the mother of the neighborhood. She loved children. Anybody's children.

As I grew older I saw, she would give. She would go shopping – but it would be for other people. She was always giving and giving.

She had a legacy that she left behind. And I was proud to be her daughter.

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For God loves
A cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

(LynnMarie Rink) If you're faced with being the mother of a special needs child, you are faced with loving in the midst of a situation that is not ideal.

Like with anything unexpected in life you have a choice – you either continue to fight it or you hit your knees and you get to acceptance. Knowing that, you cannot change what you've been given, it opens up your heart in a way that you never dreamed.

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Now to him who
By the power at work within us
Is able to accomplish
Abundantly far more
Than all we can ask or imagine…
Ephesians 3:20

(Bilha Alegria) Mi madre es una persona muy amable, que daria si tenia un pedazo de pan, te lo daria para que tu lo comieras si tenias hambre. Y aunque ella tuviera hambre, ella no comia por darte el pedazo de pan.

(Translation: If my mother had a piece of bread and you were hungry, she would give it to you even if she was hungry. She would rather you eat, then her.)

I am who I am because of my mom.

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Let all that you do
Be done with love.
1 Corinthians 16:14


This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in May 2014 and updated on May 2, 2022. For more information, contact Joe Iovino.

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