Cherishing Our Mothers
By BILL KENT
Without Mama where would we be? Mamas bring us into the world to see sunshine, rain, blue skies, starlit nights, flowers, trees, horses, bears, lions, mountains, beaches, fish, and birds. Laboring Mamas allow us to hear music, enjoy food, go swimming, ride horses, play ball, read a book, ride a bicycle, hear encouraging words and believe that we can do anything when we try. The constant activity of our Mothers helps us learn how to walk, talk and grow up to have our own children. The first Mother was Eve. “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living,” (Genesis 3:20).
Though Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not perfect, she was very good and therefore chosen by God. The prophet Isaiah was told by God 700 years beforehand of Christ’s birth. “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel,” (Isaiah 7:14). In the New Testament, we learn the meaning of Immanuel. The name Immanuel means “God with us,” (Matthew 1:23). As Christians, we look forward to thanking her for bringing the Lord Jesus Christ into the world. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” (1 Timothy 1:15).
Proverbs Chapter 31 speaks about the large variety of things Mothers do for their husbands, children, boss, community, nation and world. Surely, men are vital for the front lines of our military and for protection of women and children but so many things would not get done without women in schools, workplaces, homes, high school band fundraisers, and athletic team fundraisers. Without Mamas, kids would not get to eat pizza, go to the swimming pool, participate in sports, learn to play a musical instrument and learn how to speak properly.
Our love for our Mothers should be a lifetime love which doesn’t fade for any reason. Remember how our Mothers didn’t give up on us when we struggled as a four year old. Therefore, Jesus looked after the care of his Mother while he was dying on the Cross. Jesus told the Apostle Joh to take care of his Mother after he died. “Then he said to the disciple, Behold your mother! And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home, “(John 19:27).
Bill Kent, Religion Columnist.