Chuck Norris recently wrote a heartfelt tribute for his mother, Wilma Norris Knight, who turned 100 years old. He shared the tribute on WorldNetDaily, where he talked about the challenges that his mother faced during her upbringing.
As a martial artist and actor, Chuck Norris expressed his love and admiration for his mother on this special occasion.
When Wilma was eight years old, she suffered from a rare disease and had to stay in a children’s hospital for two years. During that time, she became a ward of the state and was separated from her family who were going through extreme poverty.
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After leaving the hospital, Wilma had to take care of her family during The Great Depression. She even worked by picking cotton to support them.
Things seemed to get better when she got married to Chuck’s father at the age of sixteen. However, he left her, leaving Wilma to raise their three children on her own. While some aspects of her life improved, she still faced more difficulties in the future.
“Mom has been an example of perseverance and faith her whole life.” Chuck wrote. “She’s also endured the deaths of her two husbands, a stepson, two grandchildren, and my younger brother Wieland in the Vietnam War. She’s had cancer repeatedly and has gone through roughly 30 different surgeries for a host of issues – and yet she’s still here to tell about it.”
As Christians, we understand that facing difficult circumstances is a natural part of our spiritual journey. Sometimes we experience suffering as a result of our own mistakes and wrongdoing, but often the world itself brings hardship into our lives. Jesus himself warned us about this (John 16:33).
One way to cope with suffering is through prayer, and Chuck Norris’ mother, Wilma, has relied on this practice throughout her life.
Wilma has always prayed for Chuck, supporting him through both good and bad times. When Chuck was born, he faced life-threatening complications, but Wilma’s prayers helped him pull through. Later, when Chuck was struggling in Hollywood, she prayed for his success and salvation. Her prayers were answered when Chuck found the love of his life, who helped him turn his life around.
“When I was born, I almost died from complications. When nearly losing my soul to Hollywood a few decades ago, she was back home praying for my success and salvation. She even prayed for me to find a woman to change my life, and it worked.”
“I equally celebrate my wife, Gena, during this Mother’s Day week. Gena helps me run all my enterprises and is CEO of our new artesian bottled water company, CFORCE. But most of all she is the mother of our twins, the love of my life, and my best friend.”
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for these two incredible women’s influence in my life.”
“I love you, Mom! Happy 100th birthday! And Happy Mother’s Day, Mom and Gena! I thank God for you both every day! And I thank you for helping God to make me all I can and should be.”
It is heartwarming to witness a man acknowledging and appreciating the remarkable women in his life and expressing love towards them. Honoring our parents is a commandment from God, and Chuck Norris is fulfilling this by paying a beautiful tribute to his mother.
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