- The Washington Times - Friday, May 8, 2009

CITIZEN JOURNALISM:

Mother’s Day is a time to reflect and pay homage. My mother, Fannie Estelle Grant, a Pentecostal evangelist, has gone on to be with the Lord. She died on Christmas Day 2000.

She was the mother to nine children and wife to one husband. She was a virtuous woman of strength and honor. My mother was a North Carolina farm girl whose life’s aim was motivating her children to become goal-oriented.

Teaching wasn’t difficult for her. Her guidance helped me to lead my children in the right direction - though, yes, I made mistakes. But I want to help young mothers be better parents.

Mothers should be encouraged to take time to talk with their children, to share biblical principles, to take them to Sunday school and church, and to teach them such simple lessons as work ethics and honesty.

Mothers should tell their children to never allow others to lead them toward being someone they are not.

My mother taught all nine of us well with words and deeds. And she didn’t just teach us. There were always other children who gravitated to our family. “There is always room for one more,” my mother would often say.

It is a precious legacy that my children have already shown they want to emulate.

Proverbs 4:26 reads: “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” We must pay close attention to the things we do daily and ask, “Would you want your child to walk in your foot steps?”

To those of you whose mothers have gone up yonder to be with the Lord, we should remember to salute their legacy in various ways. When we clean our homes the way our mothers did, when we prepare our favorite dishes from recipes taught us by our moms, we’re keeping their legacies alive. Make sure the younger generation gets a better education than you did.

A famous gospel says it best: “If I can help somebody, as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or a song, and if I can show somebody he is traveling wrong, then my living shall not be in vain.”

Happy Mother’s Day, and may Heaven smile upon you and yours.

• Lyndia Grant, a freelance religion columnist, is project director for the African-American Civil War Memorial and chief executive of the public relations firm, Lyndia Grant Associates LLC.

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