Have you ever found your mind reaching back into the past, when nostalgia steals a moment and you’re pulled back into your childhood? Sometimes it’s a movie or taste, even a sound or story!

While celebrating Mother’s Day recently I was reminded of one of those memories that was embedded so far in the back of my mind I couldn’t have searched for it had I tried.

See, my mother’s name was Elaine, affectionately known as ‘E’ (a nick name given to her by her two partners in crime: sister Marcia and sister-in-law Mickey).

One of the joys of my childhood was when these three got together, stories over a good-ol-Aussie-cuppa that would inevitably end up in a group laugh that would give a pack of hyenas a run for their money (the hyena reference is based on the fact that Norma and I just saw the Lion King!)

So what does this really have to do with anything? Other than a little bit of ‘getting to know you’ I’m reminded through this that we have so many things to be grateful for, even in pain.

In March 2009 ‘E’ went home to be with the Lord; she was the best example of unconditional love. I saw her time and time again show the love of God through care and compassion. Her worship was expressed in joy and sadness, mostly like every great Mother, her love knew no bounds or limits.

For this I’m thankful.

Ephesians 5:20 says “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”