“Happy Mother’s Day”
By George Walker
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI
The dictionary describes mother as a female parent who carries, gives birth to, and cares for a child. I agree with this but some vital information is left out, like selfless, strong and stern. Those words remind me of the women in my family, my grandmother, aunts, sisters, daughter, sister-in-law, nieces, cousins, granddaughter, and my mother.
Thankfully I can remember my mom working two jobs, going to school, cooking, cleaning, spanking, and tenderly spending time with each child. She used to be so fatigued when she came in from work that she would fall asleep on the living room couch. Despite being tired, she still encouraged me by telling me that I would be the first football playing architect.
When I got older, I gave her a father’s day card and told her “you are my mother and father!” Smiling, she told me “No son, you have a Father” and pointed me to Jesus. Today that brings to mind how important her relationship with God was and I thought of Matthew 12:46-50, please read. Raising four children my mother knew that only her reliance and relationship with God would enable her to do it so she looked to Him for everything.
A dictionary does not define the intricate details of my mother but my heavenly Father’s Word does. Here are some of the things He says concerning mothers:
Mothers have the same right to obedience and respect as fathers. In support of this claim the text tells us in Exodus 20:12: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Our heavenly father commands that mothers are obeyed and respected.
Mothers are natural nurturers, who faithfully demonstrate compassion for their children. According to the book of Isaiah 49th chapter, 15th verse, he says: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yeah, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” It is extremely abnormal for a woman to not be deeply moved by her child.
Then in the book of Isaiah chapter 66, verse 13 we read that a mother comforts her child when he says: “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Also Jeremiah tells us that a mother displays sorrow for her child when in chapter 31, verse 15 he says: “Thus saith the LORD: a voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahal weeping for her children, because they were not.” According to Jeremiah a mother weeps and mourns for her child.
Finally we read how God bestowed upon women their greatest honor when He chose Mary to bring His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. The gospel of Luke, chapter one, verses thirty-one and thirty-two, which foretold the birth of Jesus, says: “But the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” The angel told Mary that “God favored her” meaning that God Almighty chose her and bestowed upon her the privilege to carry and give birth to the only one who could save the world.
What an honor to all women and for this I hold you all in high esteem as today we celebrate you.