Mother’s Day Poem by Ruth Bell Graham

Ruth Bell Graham with children in 1958 Montreat
Ruth Bell Graham with children in 1958 — Montreat, NC

By Ruth Bell Graham

For all these smallnesses
I thank You, Lord:

small children
and small needs;
small meals to cook,
small talk to heed,
and a small book
from which to read
small stories;
small hurts to heal,
small disappointments, too,
as real
as ours;
small glories
to discover
in bugs,
pebbles,
flowers.

When day is through
my mind is small,
my strength is gone;
and as I gather
each dear one
I pray, “Bless each
for Jesus’ sake–
such angels sleeping,
imps awake!”

What wears me out
are little things:
angles minus
shining wings.
Forgive me, Lord,
if I have whined;
… it takes so much
to keep them shined;
yet each small rub
has its reward,
for they have blessed me.

Thank You,
Lord.
____________________

God bless all mothers and their children today.   

27 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Poem by Ruth Bell Graham”

  1. Please pray for my daughter and grandchildren her husband has asked for a divorce.
    Also, if you could pray for financial stability
    For myself and Elizabeth. Liz and my grandchildren live with me in Ashland, Oregon.

    God Bless You
    Graham Family

    1. Victoria, God is our provider, our protector and our comforter. We pray you will rest in thisTruth. Thank you for the privelege of praying. God bless you!

    1. Thanks for this lovely poem! As a grandmother I identify with it, too. Small things and small people are important and are great blessings!

      Victoria, I will pray for you, your daughter, and your grandchildren. God is with you; He will never leave you.

  2. i have always loved RUTH GRAHAM BOOKS ETC . I GOT ALOT OF THEM STILL ENJOYED THEM. Barbara Belcher . OWENSBORO KY.

  3. You can tell this poem was written by a Godly women that understands that our children are gifts from God that are lent to us to be raised to know the creator and his unconditional love for us.

  4. This really puts raising children in the right perspective. It is said from the heart and has lifted me and reminded me of all the wonderful times, good and difficult, with my children.

  5. For years I have loved your mom’s poetry, Anne. I read this poem 15 years ago when my children were young. I have OFTEN quoted the line, “Angels asleep, imps awake” to people. Your dear mother wasn’t afraid to be honest. I love that.

    1. Hello, Barbara. Franklin has a younger brother, Ned. All children are serving God in different ministries.

  6. I think that Mrs Graham is an Inspiration to all Mother’s and their Children I enjoyed this poem. It means a lot God Bless

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