“Mother” appears in 292 verses in the Bible. We have the great testimonies of Eve being the mother of all living. We see Abraham’s wife Sarah being promised blessings as a mother of nations. We find “the child’s mother” being brought to Pharaoh’s daughter to nurse Moses. We also find tremendous admonitions such as God’s command to, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” God says this eight times in our scriptures. This is a vitally important principle to commit one’s self too. And a stern warning that “he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death,” accompanies it. Even cursing ones parents carries the death penalty (Exod. 21:15&17). Parents hold, or should hold a special place in our lives. This is especially true of mothers.
For children, mothers are the center of their world. This may seem a popular thing to say, but even women with lucrative professional careers take time off, sometimes years to stay home to rear their children. Some may decry this as a sexist comment, but the truth is women choose this path, knowing that when they have children their life’s focus changes. Many women put off having children for later in life because they first want to have a career. They realize that time in the board room cannot be properly balanced with children. When they choose to have children, they then dedicate themselves to them. We at Grace Bible commend women who make these sacrifices for their children. Those are investments with great dividends. These are the Deborah’s of the world. (Judges 4)
Equally commendable are women who simply want to be mothers and nothing else. It is not that they are incapable of any other vocation, simply that they desire to dedicate themselves to their family. We take equal joy in those choices and commend these women. Theirs is, in many ways a much greater sacrifice of pure selfless service. These are the Jochebed’s, purely dedicated to their children willing to give their lives for their family, walking into the lion’s den of Pharaoh’s house to care for her own son. (Exodus 2:1-10)
Today we honor the mixture of strength, love, compassion, care, nurturing and resolve of these mothers. We celebrate their attentiveness, their just being there in the time of need. We celebrate their direct correction with the soft gentle guidance. We celebrate their service, and their longsuffering of our foolishness. We celebrate moms who more than any other exemplify the selfless love of Christ that gives us compassion regardless.
Mothers, you are amazing. Thank you for your dynamic steadfastness, your life’s investment and your robust compassion.