Honoring all mothers in a special way is a privilege we share each year on Mother’s Day. And, while it’s important to honor her every day, the value of setting a special day apart to recognize her sacrifice for her children and on behalf of her family cannot be overstated.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!
Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (Ephesians 6:2–3)
As a mother and grandmother, I’ve found it interesting to consider the fundamental importance of motherhood as recognized in Scripture. I can’t think of a more appropriate time to share my thoughts with you.
God purposes motherhood to be a blessing and bring happiness to women.
He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 113:9)
For the first several years of our marriage, my husband and I assumed we would have no natural children because of medical issues. That never stopped the yearning in my heart for a child of our own. The preceding Scripture was fulfilled in my life as God gave us three biological children prior to adopting three older children. The heart of this mother was overjoyed as our humble home suddenly burst with life. Your experience may have not have been similar, but fulfilling a woman’s desire through children is a blessing that brings much happiness. (continued below)
A woman learns tender, gentle love and nurturing care in her role as mother.
But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. (1 Thessalonians 2:7)
Paul’s statement makes the assumption a mother’s natural attitude toward her offspring is love and care. It would be hard to find a parallel to the depth of devotion and love of a mother toward her children.
A mother accepts the role of a teacher in her children’s life.
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. (Proverbs 1:8–9)
While the father was to give instruction in the Torah and teach his son a trade, a mother’s role was to tend to the children’s education and training her daughters. She was to prepare her daughters to run the household by teaching them the skills of cooking, spinning, weaving, dyeing, and caring for children. A son, however, learned how to rule his home, love his wife and be a father to his own children as he watched his mother train his sisters to be capable and virtuous wives, running a successful household.
As you can see, the biblical role of a mother is multi-faceted and is the basis for which we honor mothers, not only today but also every day.
Children throughout the ages have been taught to respect, revere and honor their parents. Obeying this command comes with a blessing: that it may go well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
While our contemporary generations may have lost sight of the need to respect both mother and father, today might be a good day to sit down with your children and help them understand God’s order for the family and the importance of understanding the unique roles of both mother and father.
The work of a mother never ends. The heart a mother has toward her children never changes. A child may deeply hurt its mother, but that bond will never cease to exist in the mother’s heart. Much like the Father’s love toward us, a mother’s love is unbreakable, unshakable and unmatchable. (continued below)
Honor your mother today while receiving honor from your children. Today is your day … Happy Mother’s Day!
Father, too many times mothers are taken for granted. Their labors of love for their children and families are harder than any other task they undertake in this life. Grant that every mother feels especially blessed, honored, and loved on this Mother’s Day. As only You can on this special day, comfort each family who has lost a mother. Amen.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12)
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