Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Give her the fruit of her hands..."

Praise for my mother for her steadfast devotion to the Lord, her husband, her mountain heritage and land, her family and her church cannot be exaggerated. She is my prime example of godly womanhood in all its facets of beauty, wisdom and grace. She has passed her passion for life, for literature, for learning down to her children. We but follow feebly in her firm footsteps that always lead us to the foot of the Throne where our strong and kind Savior sits to chide, forgive and bless. Every nuance of every gift and grace I possess, I account to my mother's nurturing. This little poem is but a poor tribute to her blessings in my life and the lives of thousands of others with whom she has come in contact during the past 81 years. May God continue to bless you, dearest Mama.

The Fruit of Her Hands
"Give her the fruit of her hands and let her works
praise her in the gates." Prov. 31:31
My mother's roots wrap mine
in pithy strength,
fending off
the August drought
and creeping blight,
the canker worms
who fear her light and
crawl back to their hollow darkness,
Her blue eyes see
clear down
through all my muddiness
to clumps that
clog my springs of joy;
and on her knees,
with both hand tugging,
she sees it right again.
With both hands open,
scattering seeds,
she feeds us full
to overflowing.
No friend nor stranger
passes from her door
with needs denied.
Her briars kept clipped,
she harms no beast nor bird,
but, ever abiding,
props the weaker limbs
with grace,
healing dew
at pruning time.
Rebecca Belcher Morecraft
from, Roots & Vines


SisterlyLove said...

Oh lovely, Mrs. Morecraft! I have just finished listening to your first session to 2010's writing class! It was Beautiful... I hope, with all me heart, to strive to be more like the One who created me. And bless the people who read the words from my pen.
Jesus has given me a desire to write. And WRITE is just what i'm going to do! ;D
Thank you so much for offering this class to us all who are taking it. :D

Melissa M. said...

This is a beautiful poem telling of your mother's protection and care!

Thank you so much for your hard work in the webinars! Like Aimee, I have a desire to write and bless people who read my words. Poetry is one of my favorite forms of writing to read and write, though my writing skills need much honing.

Becky said...

Thanks so much for your comments, Aimee and Melissa...I truly have been blessed with a great heritage. I'm so happy for your interest in improving your writing skills. Thanks for your lovely comments. I'll look forward to 'seeing' you at our next class!
Mrs. Morecraft