Sun, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

 

James 1:17 Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

 

The writer of Proverbs speaks of the quality of Wife and Mother: Proverbs 31:25–29 (ESV)

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 

27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 

29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

 

Genesis 3:16 (ESV) 16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”

 

Psalm 51:5 (ESV) 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

 

Illustration: I remember the cold darkness of a January night in Germany. It was snowing hard when my daughter came into this world, and there I watched my wife become a mother after 13 hours of labor. As we held our little girl in our arms, there was this realization that this baby girl intuitively knew my wife in a special way that I didn’t yet have. Really, their meeting was more like a reunion and mine was more of an introduction. For nine months, my wife and my daughter got to know each other, and in a way were reunited in birth, as if they saw each other, and said, “Of course this is who you are!” 

 

John 17: John 17:1–3 (ESV) 1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

 

Isaiah 41:9–10 (ESV)

you whom I took from the ends of the earth, 

and called from its farthest corners, 

saying to you, “You are my servant, 

I have chosen you and not cast you off”; 

10  fear not, for I am with you; 

be not dismayed, for I am your God; 

I will strengthen you, I will help you, 

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

John 14:18 (ESV) 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

 

Ephesians 1:4–8 (ESV)even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight…

 

 

CH Spurgeon: I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever made such an impression upon my mind as the instruction of my mother; neither can I conceive that, to any child, there can be one who will have such influence over the heart as the mother who has so tenderly cared for her offspring. . . . Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes to a godly mother. Certainly I have not the powers of speech with which to set forth my valuation of the choice blessing which the Lord bestowed on me in making me the son of one who prayed for me, and prayed with me.