*Thanks to my pastor, Paul Seay, for serving as today’s guest contributor.*
“For women, though, without children of their own, who like mothers have nurtured and cared for us, we pray to the Lord…”—Book of Blessings, USA., United Methodist Book of Worship, page 438
My own mother, Clora Lee Walker Seay, went home to heaven a little over 30 years ago. She was a saint of a lady who put up with my father longer than she should have, but that’s the way she was. She vowed before God that she would take him for better or worse and she lived that commitment until her death. She also put up with my five brothers and sisters and me, which I know had to be a struggle also. In the years since her death I have been able to witness other women who have been wonderful mothers although they never had children of their own. I want to mention a couple of them.
My older sister, Sue Ann Seay Smith, has always been a rock for our family. Although she and her husband, Larry, have no children of their own, they have helped raise us younger brothers and sisters along with countless nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Sue Ann also taught fourth grade in the Jackson, Missouri, school system until she retired after 30 years of service. When I visit her, we run into former students in the grocery store or Wal-Mart, and I am amazed how they always want to visit with her and share with her about their lives and the influence she has had on them.
Another lady is our Children’s Ministry Director at Central Avenue United Methodist Church, Dennie Story Baker. Whether it is the children’s message on Sunday morning, directing the Ringing Cherubs or Allegro Ringers Bell Choirs, or the Heavenly Hallelujahs children’s choir, she is always on the top of her game. The girls and boys love Ms. Dennie, they pay attention to her, and they learn from her. In the many years she has worked here at CAUMC, she has been a wonderful influence on hundreds of our children, youth, and young adults.
As I was writing this there were many others just like Sue Ann and Dennie that crossed my mind. I just want to say that mothers are not always defined as those who have given birth, and we should thank God for them all.