A Special Message… Especially… For Mothers…
I had a fourth book I now wanted to write – a book addressing issues of language and communication in persons with autism – although this book would have implications for much more than “just language” and as such, I urged all families to read this book also. There would be no “huge issues” or matters of life and death in my fourth book as there had been in this one. Somehow - now - autism did not seem “that much” to deal with since indeed there were “much bigger” issues overall.
As I looked back on all this, I knew anger would do nothing to help my son or any other person impacted by these disorders. I encouraged all families to focus on those things that would make a difference – for your loved one and for others as well.
I had written this poem approximately a year ago. How much I had learned since then. As I read this poem over again, Battle Cry For Mothers, I had thought of changing one sentence: “We’ll fight to the end – and without mercy!” I now knew it was important to be merciful – as God, through his tremendous grace – was so merciful in forgiving our sins so completely.
Eternal salvation came only from God’s grace. There was nothing anyone could “do” to earn it. No works… no “being a good person”… no nothing. Only God’s grace provided eternal salvation for those who called upon Him.
Certainly, on earth, if someone had a heart for forgiveness – it had to be – a mother. Mothers had been given a heart it seemed – possible of forgiving almost anything. Mothers forgave – mothers loved – mothers nurtured – mothers united. When things always seemed at their very worst, somehow, mothers always had the ability – within them – to make things right.
As I considered changing this poem, I looked in the dictionary and found that “mercy” also meant “ price paid” or “wages” according to Webster’s New Dictionary of the English Language, and as such “without wages” certainly still applied.
There could be no doubt that many a mother – and father – had spent countless hours working “for free” in Breaking The Code: Putting Pieces In Place! – and as such, I was happy to see that my poem could stay as it had originally been written – for mothers.
As a mother, I would continue to fight for Zachary and others like him – I had done so “without wages” for some time now… and I knew many, many other mothers who had also done the same. The treasures of a mother were not to be found in this life. Truly, the rewards and “price paid” for mothers would be earned in heaven – for who could put a fair value to being - a mother – but God!
“Lay for yourselves treasures in heaven”… if anyone did this, surely, it had to be – a mother!
Yes, I would absolutely fight for my child and other children with autism or persons with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. The battle had only begun… but now, surely, it would include many, many more – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, siblings, etc.
Personally, my greatest reward and compensation in all this, would hopefully – one day – be seeing in heaven – someone who had come to know Christ – because of something I hoped to have helped many understand – something all mothers had the ability to help the world understand…
The power – of forgiveness… the power - of love, and… the power - of mothers united - to make a difference in the lives of so many!
Battle Cry For Mothers
Every child has a mother - and don’t you know,
It was for a reason - that God made it so!
We’re moms with a cause - that must be fought,
And as such you’ll see - we cannot be bought!
For our children have needs - that must be met,
We’ll shout it out loud - never let you forget!
To protect our children - our instinct, our duty,
We’ll fight to the end - and without mercy!
For too many tears - as mothers we’ve shed,
The battle is ours - and with God will be led!
Fight us on this - and, yes, you will see,
The force of mothers united - how strong it can be!
Your products, your stock, your all - we’ll boycott!
And vote you out of office! - Under-estimate us not!
For mothers, united - together we stand,
Fighting for our kids - throughout every land!
And, for our children - everything we’ll do,
So, to our little ones - let us, therefore, be true!
Jeanne A. Brohart
For the many mothers whose hearts had been so broken by autism – or any mental or physical illness in their child - find hope in knowing God’s promise:
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and their shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6