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Michel: Great mothers impact many

I’ve been blessed with five children and am now in the wonderful stage of grandchildren.

For me, motherhood is the most challenging role of my life, yet one of my greatest joys. It’s been an incredible experience to watch pieces of my heart walk and talk and move independently.

Fortunately for me, I’ve had a tremendous example. My mom, Jeanne Keller, is the most giving person I have ever known.

She’s the quiet strength that balances my dad’s outgoing and impulsive nature and the role model for every decision I make. She loves unconditionally, shares unselfishly and exhibits patience my husband only dreams of being mine.

It will be easy to celebrate her this Mother’s Day.

In addition to my own mom, I thank God for women who have served as examples for me. Many of them not only care for their own children, but impact the lives of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, students, children of friends and the neighbor’s children, too. And I do not neglect to pray for women whose hearts are filled with love to give, yet their wombs are empty.

We may all celebrate Mother’s Day in different ways, but I ask you to join me in sending a card to a woman, other than your mother, who needs encouragement.

Psalm 127:3 beautifully declares, “children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

May God continue to pour out His grace on all mothers as we daily care for our precious gifts.

Ronny Michel may be reached at rmichel@rtconline.com.