Mother. Just the name evokes a flood of thoughts and memories. Childhood memories of a loving hand to bandage a skinned knee, and a magical kiss upon that bandage that made the pain fade away. The big smile and wild applause from the third row in the audience of a second-grade school play, acknowledging my dramatic interpretation of a tree, a tree that spoke not a word. The bedtime stories and prayers where I learned that the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Sometimes I look at her bloodstained Bible, which she took with her to dialysis treatments in her latter days. There she shared her faith and testimony with the other patients, being a blessing in her time of sickness. Though she is with the Lord, her life and love remain in my heart.
Mother. I am doubly blessed that my child has the best one, a Mother whose child is the center of her world. She’s a Mother who loves, teaches, corrects shares, prays, plays, and focuses herself completely on the health, welfare, and happiness of her child. She’s a Mother who cries every year on the first day of school after we put our daughter on the school bus. So to cheer her up and get her mind off of it, I take her to breakfast at IHOP. It’s hard to cry in your pancakes. She’s a role model our daughter will be hard-pressed to duplicate, though I know she will.
Mother. There are many wonderful Mothers in all our lives and though we honor them every year, it seems inadequate considering what they really deserve.
Mother. There once was a Mother so unique, so precious, that our heavenly Father chose her to be the Mother of His only begotten Son. She was so trusted that even though she was young, inexperienced, and poor, she was chosen to Mother our Lord Jesus. Difficult circumstances were her lot in life, and yet through unspeakable adversity, such as the death threat against her son by the King, she poured herself into her son, who became the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
It makes one wonder, what part of His determination; compassion, patience, longsuffering, and love came from her influence on Him. We assume that He received all of His attributes from His heavenly Father because He is the Son of God. But He is also the Son of man, so we must not forget to honor His Mother for being used of God the Father to instill many of those attributes.
Mother. She’s the one who pushed Jesus into His public ministry by making Him do His first public miracle. John 2:1-11 describes how He wasn’t prepared to turn the water into wine because He said that His time had not yet come.
“This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him” (John 2:11 NLT).
Like us, He experienced that wonderful force of nature, a Mama who knows best!
He acknowledged her and provided for her even during His torture on the cross.
“When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26-27 NLT).
Their love and Devotion for each other didn’t end there. As she prayed with the others in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, He filled her with the Holy Spirit, and their relationship continues to this day. She is an example to Mothers, as He is an example to Sons and daughters.
Mother. Love her. Cherish her. Honor her. She deserves it!
Honor Your Mother
Scripture Reading — 2 Timothy 1:1-7
Your sincere faith … first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice …
2 Timothy 1:5 —
The well-known theologian Karl Barth was asked by a reporter, “Sir, you have written huge volumes about God. Tell me, how do you know it is all true?” According to the story, he answered, “My mother told me.”
That’s a rather simple answer to a profound question. But this answer says a lot about the influence mothers have on the home and on their children. While both parents have an important role in early childhood nurture, it is usually the mother who makes the home and shapes the minds of little children. The mother is often the first one to tell her children about the Lord.
As a child, the first person I looked for when coming home from school was my mother. After she passed away, our home life changed radically. My father did what he could to keep our home special, but it was never the same without our mother.
If your mother is still living, tell her how much you love her and respect her. In the nine years I knew my mother, I never once told her that. Thank her for who she is, and for how she has shaped your life. And if she is gone, thank God for who she was in your life.
If perhaps your mother is or was not the mother you wished you had, ask God to help you forgive her even now, and to give you the grace to love and accept her as she is or was.
Lord God, we thank you for our mothers. Help us to love and respect them. Help us to be loving children as well as loving parents and spouses, for your sake. Amen.
What Mothers Need
Scripture Reading — Proverbs 31:10-31
A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 —
Like all of us, mothers need to be praised. A mother who knows she is valued can handle almost anything. She has the skill and energy to cook, sew, teach, do business, care for her family, help the needy, and deal with difficulties.
But if a woman is never praised, she will feel unloved, unskilled, and useless. A mother needs to be thanked, prized, and praised every day.
A God-fearing woman is to be praised by her children, her husband, and “in the city gate” by community leaders. These days many community leaders–politicians, media, educators, bosses–honor glamour more than godliness. That can be discouraging.
But a mother will still be encouraged if her children stand and say, “God bless you, Mom, for being such a blessing to us.” She will smile to hear her husband say, “I love you. Other women might do good things, but you’re the best!”
The highest praise any woman can receive is praise from God. What counts most is what God thinks: “The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit … is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:4).
Mothers, rejoice in the praise that comes from God. Husbands and children, praise God for Mom, and praise Mom in a way that echoes God’s own praise of her.
We praise you, Lord, for godly wives and loving mothers. You have blessed us through them. Please also bless them through us and make them feel treasured by you. In Jesus, Amen.
“There was given me a thorn in the flesh … I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’” – 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NASB
Born in Bonn in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven burst onto the world’s musical stage with brilliance and charisma, first as a piano virtuoso and later as a master composer. Then, when only 28, he began to lose his hearing. Driven to despair, he pleaded with God for relief, but his hearing continued to deteriorate.
Although frustrated, he discovered that his physical hearing loss made it possible to hear in new ways. He wrote a series of unprecedented compositions, culminating in his Ninth Symphony, which debuted on this day in 1824 with Beethoven leading the world premiere. His conducting might have been erratic, yet the music was glorious. There was a deaf composer whose work changed history.
Paul knew what it was like to have weaknesses. But God showed him that His grace was sufficient, that His strength was “made perfect in weakness.” Instead of complaining, Paul learned to rely on God.
You may face challenges that seem impossible. You may have weaknesses that can feel crippling. But as Paul learned, your weaknesses give you an opportunity to turn to God and trust in Him.
Today, look to God for the resources you need. Stand on the principles of His Word. Pray. Draw on the power of His Spirit. Believe. He can provide solutions to problems that seem unsolvable and give you the strength to overcome any weakness. Trust in Him!