While we may see both parents working long hours daily to provide for their children, desiring to give their children a better life, filled with things they never had. It is our Mothers who God chose to use as instruments through whom he displays His tender mercy and saving grace. Mothers are full of Faith and many great blessings too, but with those blessings come even greater responsibilities. It is your Mother that stayed up with you when you had a fever, a tummy ache, or a nightmare. She worried about you and guided you as you took steps into adulthood. She did her very best to help you overcome the errors of your youth. She showered you with the closest thing to unconditional love this side of heaven. So how do we respond to these blessings?
This past Sunday May 10, 2015 we paused for one day out of three hundred and sixty five days in this year to pay honor to her who after Jesus Christ is God’s greatest gift to men, our Mother. Mothers are teachers. Mothers are disciplinarians. Mothers are cleaning ladies. Some Mothers are gardeners, most Mothers understand that baking cookies is more important than mowing the lawn, too. You know it’s so easy to say call her, text her and say thanks, or maybe make her breakfast in bed, buy flowers, or send a card once a year. Remember it was she who shared her life with you as you rested safe, secure, and comfortable in her womb for nearly 270 days or more when your members were yet formed. While it is true a Mother will have many jobs in her life, know that no one else can ever take the place or do the job of a Mother.
In her arms was the garner of our food and her bosom the soft couch for our repose. Those same arms later became our refuge and stronghold. There we nestled in the hour of pain; there was the playground of our infant delight. Mothers are nurses & doctors & psychologists & counselors & chauffeurs & coaches. Mothers are developers of personalities, molders of vocabularies, & artists of attitudes. Mothers are soft voices saying, “I love you.” Above all Mothers are a link to God, your first and perhaps your only real experience of unconditional love, a love that can only be born of God, thus she is your first impression of God’s Love. It was she who taught your baby feet to go, she seemingly is always there lifting you up over the rough places. Her blessed hands worked the needle by day and by night to make your clothes. She is the one who put the book under your arm and started you off for school.
A Godly Mother is priceless. Scripture says, “Her worth is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). When I look back upon my life, I realize how fortunate I was to have two Mothers, my Mother who gave me life and my Mom who introduced me to life. My Mom was second only to God. My Mom was my best friend. She saw to it that I was always well taken care of. She did the very best she could, while she could, teaching me the importance of life, and the difference between living a life, and simply living for things in life, things that continually spoil and erode proving not very important at all.
When we think of Jesus on the cross, we see Him bearing the weight of the sins of the entire world on His shoulders, yet in that moment He sees to it to make sure His Mother is taken care of after He is gone. Jesus turns to John and says, take care of her, and looks at his Mother and says, let him stand in my place as your son. As God, Jesus is dealing with eternal matters, but as a man, He’s showing all of us how important it is to take care and love our Mothers all day, every day, placing her above all in this world.
For those of you having Mothers who are still among the living, you need not wait another three hundred plus days to celebrate her, recognize your Mother not only Mother’s Day but every day for the things she did or does. Look at her in love, show her she is cherished, tell her you love her, and appreciate her looking beyond any of her shortcomings honoring the one who God chose to be responsible for introducing you to life.