At this time of uncertainty, when all the world is fearful and facing a crisis, it is good to pause and celebrate the mothers in our country who are doing exceptional work against great odds.
We celebrate the mothers who are sanitation workers, keeping hospitals, supermarkets and other public facilities clean and virus-free.
We celebrate the mothers in the medical profession who are testing and treating those affected by COVID-19, leaving their own children to the care of others while doing so.
We celebrate the mothers in the security forces who work long hours to keep wayward and irresponsible people from putting themselves and others in harm’s way.
We celebrate the mothers who are teachers and those who have assumed this awesome role at home as theyhelp our children to navigate the unfamiliar territory of online learning, even when their own education may be limited.
We celebrate the mothers who are farmers tilling the soil and growing food for their children and the nation.
We celebrate the mothers who brave the crowds and sell in markets across the island to ensure their children are fed.
In a time when it was necessary to keep Hebrew sons from a certain death, Jochebed hid her baby in a basket and set it in the reeds along the bank of the Nile. She later worked as a nursemaid to her own son, Moses, when he was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter in the Egyptian palace.
Today, mothers at all levels are making sacrifices for children in our society; and the Mothers’ Union of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands celebrate you all on this Mothers’ Day.
We encourage you to take heart and do not fear because the Lord your God is by your side an ever present help in times of trouble. Let us continue to heed the advice of the Government and take the necessary health precautions as we go forward on this Mothers’ Day with Hope and Confidence that this too shall pass.
L. Judith Spencer-Jarrett