Two Mothers

In one of my various google searches, I by chance came upon this poem the other day, by an unknown author. I suspect my being a mother was part of what made it so striking to me, but I don’t one has to be a mother to appreciate the power of this encounter.

Two Mothers

Long time ago, so I have been told,
Two angels once met on streets paved with gold.
“By the stars in your crown,” said the one to the other
“I see that on earth, you too, were a mother.

And by, the blue-tinted halo you wear
“You, too, have known sorrow and deepest despair…”
“Ah yes,” she replied, “I once had a son,
A sweet little lad, full of laughter and fun.”

“But tell of your child.” “Oh, I knew I was blessed
From the moment I first held him close to my breast,
And my heart almost burst with the joy of that day.”
“Ah, yes,” said the other, “I felt the same way.”

The former continued: “The first steps he took-
So eager and breathless; the sweet startled look
Which came over his face – he trusted me so.”
“Ah, yes,” said the other, “How well do I know”

“But soon he had grown to a tall handsome boy,
So stalwart and kind – and it gave me so much joy
To have him just walk down the street by my side”
“Ah yes, “said the other mother,
“I felt the same pride.”

“How often I shielded and spared him from pain
And when he for others was so cruelly slain.
When they crucified him – and they spat in his face
How gladly would I have hung there in his place!”

A moment of silence – “Oh then you are she –
The mother of Christ”; and she fell on one knee.
But the Blessed one raised her up, drawing her near,
And kissed from the cheek of the woman, a tear.

“Tell me the name of the son you love so,
That I may share with your grief and your woe.”
She lifted her eyes, looking straight at the other,
“He was Judas Iscariot: I am his mother.”

Author Unknown

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14 thoughts on “Two Mothers

  1. Pingback: Two Mothers « The Life of a Photographer

  2. One of the most beautiful poems especially if you are a Mother!
    Brings me many tears knowing there are so many tears shed for sons and daughters!
    LORD, be with these Angels on earth! GOD COULD NOT BE EVERYWHERE, SO HE CREATED MOTHERS!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

  3. I HEARD ABOUT THIS POEM AND IT IS EVEN MORE POWERFUL WHEN YOU READ IT. IT BRINGS TEARS TO YOUR EYES BECAUSE YOU FEEL THE LOVE AND PAIN OF BOTH MOTHERS. NO MATTER WHAT YOUR CHILDREN HAVE DONE OR BECOME YOU ARE STILL THEIR MOTHER.
    A. LEMMON

  4. Only a mother can understand the true depth of love a mother has for her child.
    Thank you Jesus for giving us this gift. Praise and glorify God The Father,God The Son and God The Holy Spirit, Amen.

  5. I have looked for so long for this poem, and the joy today of finding it has overjoyed me I will pass it onto some dear friends whom I know will understand the poiniency of it. many thanks

  6. i have been looking for this poem since i first read it many years ago and thank god i found it again i love it the love that it shows of a mother no matter what our children have done we alas mothers love them unconditionally and for ever

  7. Our pastor read this on Good Friday & I reflected on the choices our children make (let alone ourselves) and how we are shaped by those who love us and by those who refuse…

  8. I first read this as a young girl, it was in Richard Maxwell’s Songbook and it made a very large impression, so much that I am so glad to have the opportunity to read it again and pass it on. Thank you

  9. I have searched for this for 50 years . I first heard it on a real to real recorder . The man who recited it sounded like Jim Reeves while in the background the Old Rugged Cross played. I erased it by mistake and it was my husbands favourite song and I never gave up hoping I would find it again m, thankyo so much . 😘😘

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