Mothering Sunday 2021

Bible Readings

  • 1 Kings 3:16-28
  • Luke 2:41-52

Text

But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51-52

Introduction

It is a known fact that mothers come in all shapes and sizes.

It is also a known fact that each of us here today have or had a mother.

It is also a known fact that if childbearing was left to us men the human race would have long since ceased.

God has used mothers to give us the great men and women of today. There is not one of us who can not but thank God for our mothers. So, once a year, we have this opportunity to say thankyou to God for our dear old mums.

A Mother’s love is a blessing

In Psalm 127:3 we read, Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.

Let me make it clear that not all women are blessed with having children, there are several reasons for this, it maybe because of health, or the Lord has other plans for their lives like fostering, adoption or careers. Every time we were frightened as children we would call out to our mums and there in the darkness of the night, she would rush in bringing a light, expelling the darkness and fear from children’s world.

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”.

A small boy entered a clothes shop for ladies only. “I want to buy my mummy a present. I have the money saved up. I think she’d like a dress”. “Well sonny”, said the lady behind the counter, “Could you tell me what size your mother is?” “No, I’m not too sure, but I think she is just perfect”. Turning away to hide her amusement the assistant decided to send a size 34 in what she thought would be a suitable colour and style. Not long afterwards the mother returned to the shop apologizing and to exchange the dress to a size 52. In the eyes of her son, she was simply perfect.

George Washington, America’s first President said this of his mother, “My mother was the most beautiful woman. All that 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”. Both James and I can praise God for our mothers.

A mother’s love is sacrificial and freely given

Catherine Booth, wife of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army said this about her children, “Children brought up without love are like plants brought up without the sun”. Queen Victoria used to go up to where her children were asleep in their beds. In her journal Victoria would mention the child’s birthday prefacing the entry with a little prayer for the birthday child.

In our text we see sacrificial love in action when the true mother would rather give up her baby than have it killed. 1 Kings 3: 16-28.

Moses’ mother hid her son in a basket among the reeds and when he was found by the Kings daughter was willing for him to be adopted so that he would live. Exodus 2:1-10.

Mothering Sunday comes between Christmas and Easter and so it should. What pain and agony that must have pierced Mary’s heart when she saw her Son on that wooden cross? Do not forget that first and foremost Mary was a mother. Yes, Jesus was on that cross to pay for the sins of the whole world. Yes, He was there for my sins and yours. Yes, Jesus was making a way back to God through His own Sacrifice and the shedding of His own Blood in fulfilment of the prophesy in Isaiah 53:5: “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”. Mary went through the pain of childbirth, she seen her boy being rejected, witnessed a mock trial, and then crucified as a common criminal, yes to me that is painful, sacrificial love.

Praise God for mothers.
Praise God that Mary was willing to be used to bring in the Saviour of the world.
Praise God that today we have a way were by we can repent of our sins and get forgiveness through the Blood of Jesus.
Yes, we call Mary Blessed, but what a cost to her as a mother.

Are you the answer to your mother’s prayer, have you found your way to the foot of the cross?