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Power of faith and a mother’s love

Posted: April 20, 2012 4:42 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
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There are two elements that create a happy, functioning family and these are the two pillars that hold strong the parts of a family. They fuel the family with life and joy. These two elements: faith and a mother’s love.

Mothers are the rock in any family unit. They play many roles; serving as the cook, chauffeur, therapist, project coordinator, referee, and other jobs they multitask on a daily basis. No one quite understands how mothers do it, but they do. Day in and day out they are there, allowing a family to grow and blossom with love. I’ve known nothing else my entire life.

My mother is a woman of exceptional faith and virtue. She demonstrates to me every day what it means to be strong and indomitable, despite any obstacle. By her grace I’ve seen the importance of caring so deeply for people, that it moves you somewhere deep inside your soul with a love that can only be derived from God. She is my best friend, my confidant and support system. Without her, I wouldn’t be who I am or know the kind of women I want to strive to be one day. If I could be half the woman and mother my Mom is, I could say I have lead a worthy life that would make the Creator above shine with pride. She’s an inspiration.

Yet, this is the role of mothers: to be an inspiration for the younger generations. Role models to look towards with hope and goals for the future. They are there to emulate, the character and choices of compassion, found in mothers. Mothers can also be a motivation of faith, even in extremely trying times or situations that threaten to tear the very foundation of a life. I’ve seen that in the role of mother from my cousin.

I witnessed as she dealt with the loss of a child who was barely a month old. A precious carrot top angel on earth, who rose above to the heavens after battling for a brief time with the horrendous disease of Pertussis. In the wake of his death, she didn’t linger in anger or self-pity, but she turned her grief into determination. A determination to change the world in the name of her love for her son and faith in the will of her Father. She became a spokesperson for Pertussis awareness and participated in fundraisers such as March of Dimes and the Ronald McDonald House. A walking witness to true faith, she proved that with God on your side, anything is possible. We should approach all parts of life with open hearts and abiding love. Elements that God uses to bring good out of bad situations. She’s changing lives with her unconditional love for her son. Doing her part to help families who may be experiencing a pain she once felt cut through her own heart.

This love is one of the closest understandings we as human beings have of grasping God’s love for us. A love that is unfaltering in the ups and downs that we call life. It never wavers, no matter the circumstance and it always flourishes. It is a love that motivates and does the impossible. That stands strong in the storms of life and hold families together. It is a love we seek at all times, and long for to fulfill us. A love that abounds in its influence and impact on the surrounding world.

(Rebecca Rowell is a contributing columnist for the C-I from Lugoff-Elgin High School and can be reached at


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