Dr James Graham who grew up in Blantyre said, “My mother lived her life quietly and practised her Christian faith mainly within her home”
The Bible in Galatians 5:22-23 gives a list of the attributes a true Christian should possess: ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.’
James added, “My mother had those in abundance as I have tried to show in my poem written after her death,”
My Christian Mother
A sincere Christian was my mother,
As shown in her life ev’ry day.
Teaching us to love one another,
By loving she showed us the way.
Though her life was oft’ filled with sadness,
And the road sometimes long and hard,
She displayed a God given calmness,
Joy and peace through trust in her Lord.
To others she was really kind
With gentleness and self-control.
Compassionate thoughts filled her mind,
Like Jesus, to help and console.
Her faithfulness to God above
Displayed the beauty of our Lord.
Her many selfless acts of love
Have surely brought her His reward.
Throughout her life my mother showed
The fruit of the Spirit of God.
From her the Living Water flowed,
Spreading the love of Christ abroad.
By James Graham
Pictured is Maggie Graham, James’s late mother.