Bible reading St Luke 2:26-44
Text “For my eyes have seen your salvation”. Luke 2:30
It is known fact that mothers come in all shapes and sizes, just like dads.
It is also a known fact that each of have or had a mother.
From the beginning of time women have had to suffer of child birth. (Genesis 3:16) It is also a known fact if we men had to go through giving birth, the population would be a lot smaller than it is now.
God used women to bring into the world the great men and women of the world. So each year we have the opportunity to say thank you to God for blessing us with our mothers.
A Mother’s Love is a Blessing
A little girl called Moira was to recite two verses from the Bible at a special children’s service. She was very nervous and when she stood up before the congregation she couldn’t remember a thing.
Her mother sitting in the front seat of the Church, whispered, “I am the Light of the world.” Moira’s face brightened immediately and in a clear, shrill voice she called out, “My mother is the light of the world!” The wee girl was embarrassed when the congregation laughed, but she gave a truth, a Christian mother’s love is still the light in a dark world.
King Lemuel says of his wife in Proverbs 31:28:, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her”.
General George Washington, America’s first President said this of his mother, “My mother was the most beautiful woman. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
Doreen, James and I can praise God for our mothers, for they are and have been women of prayer. We would not have been on the road to heaven without them spending time on their knees before the Lord on our behalf. We can say, “A mother’s loves a blessing.”
A Mother’s Love is Sacrificial and Freely Given
Catherine Booth, wife of the William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army said this about children, “Children brought up without love are like plants brought up without the sun.”
Thomas Carlyle wrote a letter to his mother and penned these words, “Who is it that loves me and will love me forever with an affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother.”
Mothering Sunday comes between Christmas and Easter and so it should. We rejoice with Mary when she gave birth to Jesus, but how we weep for the mothers of all the boys two years and under who lost their lives when King Herod tried to kill the baby Jesus.
There is so much ado about single mothers, but let us not forget that they are first and foremost loving mothers.
What pain, what agony must have pierced Mary’s heart when she saw her first born son on a wooden Cross that when He, God’s Son went and died there for all of our sins, Mary’s sins, your sins and my sins. “But He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5. Let us end with a mother’s song, Luke 2:46, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”