When I was growing up one of my favorite country singers was Eddie Arnold.  He recorded a song that has stuck with me all these years.  To some it may seem corny and out of date. To me, it still has meaning.  Making an acrostic out of the word MOTHER the song carries this message:


“M” is for the million things she gave me

“O” means only that she’s growing old

“T” is for the tears she shed to save me

“H” is for her heart of purest gold

“E” is for her eyes with love-light shining

“R” means right and right she’ll always be

Put them all together they spell MOTHER, a word that means the world to me.


When I was but a baby, long before I learned to walk, While lying in my cradle, I would try my best to talk; It wasn’t long before I spoke and all the neighbors heard, My folks were very proud of me for “Mother” was the word. Although I’ll never lay a claim to fame, I’m satisfied that I can spell the name:


“M” is for the mercy she possesses

“O” means that I owe her all I own

“T” is for her tender, sweet caresses

“H” is for her hands that made a home

“E” means everything she’s done to help me

“R” means real and regular, you see

Put them all together they spell MOTHER, a word that means the world to me.


This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. Next to Christmas and Easter, it is the most revered day of the calendar year. Whether your Mother is living or with the Lord, She lives in your heart.  We wouldn’t be on this earth without her. It is fitting and proper that we pause and give thanks to God for the one who gave us birth and took care of us when we could not take care of ourselves. As Eddie Arnold expressed it, Mother is “a word that means the world to me.” Mine does and I hope that you can say the same.


In His love,



“Mother … means the world to me”