Nothing So Strong, Nothing So Gentle

American pastor Ralph W. Sockman once said, “Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.”

Now, that’s the very definition of a mom.

After all, who else, after hours of physical agony and emotional upheaval, not only accepts the weight of her tormentor upon her chest but actually reaches eagerly for the miniature sadist?

That’s a mom.

Who teaches her child to tie his shoes and brush his teeth, understanding that the skills and independence she now imparts will eventually bring not only pride but certain heartbreak when he ventures into the world beyond her narrow influence?

That’s a mom.

Who allows the uncertain teenager to push against and pull towards their love with the same absolute trust and safety as the toddler wrapping tiny arms securely around her neck?

That’s a mom.

Nothing so strong as gentleness and nothing so gentle as true strength.

Well, of course, that’s a mom.

And I wish every mom a very happy Mother’s Day.

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