Commentary

Alveda King: Celebrate Mother's Day for Life

By Alveda King | May 6, 2022 | 3:27pm EDT
Naomi King, mother of Alveda King (Screen Capture)
Naomi King, mother of Alveda King (Screen Capture)

“Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.” – Proverbs 23:22

Mother’s Day is always special to me. Many mothers are still here on the planet, even though many, many more mothers have gone on to another place. In the Christian faith, when our mothers die, if they are founded into Jesus Christ, we believe they will have an eternity with the Lord. As Christians, our sorrow may be deep but we expect a joyful reunion one day.

The Bible says in Psalm 127 that children are a gift from the Lord.  How can the dream survive if we murder our children? As a mother and a grandmother, this year I am very mindful of the fact that even though I and three of my babies have suffered the evils of abortion; God has forgiven me and blessed me not only with the gift of my life; He has granted me the gift of birthing six children and helping to raise my grandchildren -- this is my heritage.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: And the fruit of the womb is his reward.” -- Psalm 127:3 

I know that we are living in challenging times: the war in Ukraine, the Roe v. Wade issues, post-pandemic confusion, mid-term elections, and so much more. Meanwhile, this week as I was rushing to catch a flight, I began to grumble about the experience of travel. As my daughter was driving me to the airport, she so kindly reminded me of all the positive things that could occur to make the trip better. As I remember the words of my grandfather, I am humbled by the reality that complaining never births solutions:

“Thank God for what we have left.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr.

I am often reminding others that there is always a silver lining to every cloud and that a glass full of air can also be half full or half empty of water. Sometimes it's hard for me to practice what I preach. This year I am blessed to still have my mother, Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barber King, with me. She is such a delightful, beautiful gift from God to me; and she calls me her angel daughter.

(Photo credit: Alveda King)

Mother is in Israel for this Mother's Day. Many months ago, she began to say: “I need to go to Israel.” It was clear that God was leading her on yet another “missions journey.” During the height of the COVID pandemic crisis, my mother began preparing for the trip. I put my foot down! I remember that conversation so clearly. It occurred in mid-September 2021. I told her that while I believed she was hearing from GOD and that she should take the pilgrimage, right now was not the time; it was too dangerous.
 
My mother is never happy to be contradicted; neither am I. After all, in all honesty, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. However, at that time, the borders were closed in Israel and my mother could not go. I believe she felt that I did not want her to enjoy the experience; but that wasn't the case. I have traveled to the Holy Land myself, and it was a transformational experience. 
 
My mother is an Ambassador for Christ, as well as a champion for life. Please see our pro-life testimony here:
 

I know that while she is in Israel, the birthplace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Mother will be praying for us; please pray for her.
 
We just celebrated National Day of Prayer on May 5, 2022. Let's continue to pray. Prayer should be a lifestyle, not just for a day but for a lifetime.
 
Springtime is such a special season with Mother’s Day, Father's Day, and Juneteenth observances.
 
Then the long hot summer brings us Independence Day. Holidays can herald celebrations and stress simultaneously. This year, let’s elevate the occasions as we pray for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and for kindness and human dignity for the one-blood human race…from the womb to the tomb. Personally, I am praying for the Supreme Court justices, that they will stand strong and grant "we the people" the opportunity to weigh in on re-examining the spiritual, moral, and civil rights of children in the womb -- and their parents -- regarding the sanctity of life, state by state. I continue to pray for human dignity, human flourishing, and abundant life for everyone.
 
Back to Mother’s Day…
 
This year, whether your mother is still here on Earth with you or has gone on beyond – be encouraged! If you are a mother, cherish and honor the gift of motherhood. If you are one who has never birthed children, share your love and wisdom with others who are in need of motherly love, comfort, and advice.
 
Let us thank God for the gift of life, the gift of mothers, and the gift of children, for now and for generations to come. 

Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the founder of King for America, Inc. and serves on Priests for Life's pastoral team.

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