If you’ve paid attention to the media within the last several months, Taylor Swift has been the highlight of many conversations. She released her latest album, 1989, last October, which has already sold millions of copies worldwide. She’s also about to launch a world tour, recently received a Milestone Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and several of her singles have made it to the Billboard Hot 100.
However, even with all the fame, fortune, and success, it is not hard to see that she is a young woman with family, friends, and struggles just like the average person.
Swift recently announced that her mother, Andrea Swift, was diagnosed with cancer. A few weeks later, Andrea presented her with the Milestone Award at the 2015 ACMs. Both were very different announcements, but very much alike at the same time: they both exemplified of the love between Swift and her mother.
Andrea told the audience how proud she is of her daughter. She spoke about her in a way that displayed how much she loves her. On the flip side, at Christmastime, Taylor asked her mom to get some health screenings because she was concerned about her. Even though the results came out disappointing, these two recent incidents are beautiful representations of the love we should have for one another. It also exemplifies a meaningful and deep relationship between mother and child.
I realize that everyone has a different situation regarding parental relationships, but when I see these types of stories, it reminds me of the love we should have for our parents, and in this case, for our mothers. Regardless of any situation though, and no matter how difficult it may be, we should always love our parents the way Christ loved his Mother, Mary. Jesus held his mother in such high esteem, that when he died, he left her in St. John’s care:
“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Jn 19:26-27)
Mother’s Day is coming up and it will be my first one. (I had my first baby in January!) It is such a special day even though my son does not know that yet. He is not always easy to take care of, and sometimes I want to put my head in a pillow and scream out of frustration, but my love for him will never fade. It is my hope that my husband and I will be able to teach him the importance of love—Christ’s love— and that he will carry it throughout life. Not just towards my husband and me, but to the whole world.
Not everyone has a mother-child relationship like Andrea and Taylor Swift, but it is important to remember that it is your mother who bore you in her womb and gave you life. You can never repay her for such a deed.
Let us pray for our mothers, living or deceased. They deserve our honor.
“Honor your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”