Word of the Month: Strength

Shana Goodwin, May 4, 2021

Photograph by Bethany Beck



  1. The state or quality of being strong. Example: The horses used all their strength to pull the heavy cart up the mountain.
  2. The ability to deal with difficult situations or to maintain a moral or intellectual position. Example: I saw my mom’s strength very clearly when I went through a difficult time.

May is Mother’s Day month! Mothers are a great illustration of the meaning of “strength,” as they raise, nurture, and love their children no matter what comes, whether it’s a stubbed toe or a global pandemic.

Celine Dion’s Grammy Award-winning classic “Because You Loved Me” uses the word “strength” in this line: “You were my strength when I was weak.” Doesn’t that describe a mother’s love well? Listen carefully to her beautiful song to see if you can hear the word “strength.”

And if you can, don’t forget to tell your mom you love her this Mother’s Day!

Because You Loved Me (abbreviated lyrics)

By Celine Dion

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith ’cause you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me.