Happy Mother’s Day

 

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister,

Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” (John 19:25)

 

You can say it how you will; there is no denying the fact. I am, without question, a “momma’s boy”. Contrary to what most guys would have others to think, many are momma’s boys. There is something special about a mother, something that no one else can replace, and in all ways they are irreplaceable. My mom has provided me comfort when I needed it, she has provided me great joy and laughter when I needed it, she has been a best friend to me when I needed one, she has fixed boo boo’s, scrapes, and “doctored” all kinds of problems. The old saying is true: “there is nothing like a mother’s love”. How true.

 

It doesn’t take long to look into the word of God to see the importance of mothers. Paul reminds the young man Timothy of how his own faith was passed down from his “grandmother Lois and mother Eunice” (2 Tim 1:5). Mothers are vital in teaching their children the word of God, both through formal teaching and example.

 

A mother knows her child. There is no question the Mary knew Jesus was different. Mary was aware that Jesus was indeed a virgin birth as had been prophesied so many years before. Mary was amazed at the teaching of Jesus when He was found in the temple teaching those at only twelve years old, and the Bible recounts that as Jesus went home with his parents and was subject to them that Mary “kept all these things in her heart” (Luke2:51). She was well aware Jesus was different.

 

Mothers are there to support their children, and to provide direction for their children. Solomon, in all his wisdom, said to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is older he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6); mothers are vital in this process. They are there for correction if need be, and for encouragement and support when needed. Look at the numerous times in the Bible that it is recorded that Mary was there with Jesus. Mary was there as He performed the very first miracle turning the water into wine (John 2). Mary was there and brought Jesus back when He was left behind as He taught in the temple (Luke 2). Jesus’ mother was there in John 8 as He was teaching the multitudes. And Jesus’ mother was there as He was placed upon the cross of Calvary (John 19:25).

 

I don’t know where I would be in life without my mother. A mother is a wonderful thing. You know like I do, that just because someone “gives birth” does not make them a mother. And there are many “mothers” out there who did not give birth to those whom they are raising.

Thank you to each and every mother who takes time with your children. Enjoy your day, and may God bless each one of you.

 

Ande Z

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