Friendship: that bond that ties us to other people through Love and Grace.  Jesus commanded that we become His friends and in doing so, that we love one another just as He loves us.

Today we celebrate our friendship with God and also, another friendship that has guided us through life:

I was blessed to be raised by a Christian mother.  I am the 2nd of 4.  Our mother made sure we had everything we needed growing up.  She made sure we had supplies for school, insisted that we do our homework, and try our best.  She led us to church and volunteered in Sunday School, the Parish Choir, catering for Youth Programs, and other events because she knew our walk with Jesus Christ was vital.

I was also blessed to have a Christian grandmother.  She was a pistol and the epitome of a country grandma.  She had no filter.  If she thought it, she said it.  She loved us and spoiled us.  We would walk the 2.5 km’s to her house every week, not noticing the heat of the sun or the rolling dust smothering us.  She would be ready for us with fresh fruit off her trees or something else amazing.  Every Sunday, she joined our family for Sunday lunch.

Mother’s Day is the special time of year when we get to celebrate our first best friend and the person we always turn to when we need advice.  Mother’s Day is also a great time to show our love for all the other wonderful women in our lives.

St. Therese of Lisieux once said, “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”

To every Mother figure amongst us, I thank you for where I am today, and thank you for your friendship; I wish you all joy and peace!

Your Friend & Vicar, Kofe