“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12 (KJV)
Sunday, May 9th is Mother’s Day. On this occasion I wish to pay homage to my loving mother, Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard (July 29, 1927 – August 7, 2009), a Mighty Woman of God.
While U. S. President Woodrow Wilson established Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday in 1914, the Bible, in Exodus 20:12, tells us there is a blessing in honoring “thy mother” (and father)!
Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard was a great preacher, speaker, and teacher. Not only was she my Mother, but she was also my Mentor in the Ministry, and Encourager-in-Chief. Rev. Rosetta Lillard was truly a shining example of love and dedication to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her family, and the community at large.
One of my mother’s most astonishing accomplishments was her amazing mastery of the computer at the age of 75! Within a few months of being introduced to it, Mother was surfing the web and firing off emails (with attachments) to her children, grandchildren, and friends. Incredible!
Rev. Dr. Rosetta Lillard had many achievements, but one of her greatest was being a godly, loving Mother who “raised up her children in the way they should go.” And we have not departed from it. Her lovely presence continues to touch our hearts today! I sincerely thank the Lord for blessing me with an incredible role model, my Mother, Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere!
(For video and a full bio of Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard please go to http://www.rosettalillard.com/ )
Until next time, remember, you can do all things through Christ Jesus!