We all have them whether they are known to us or not, whether they still live or have passed into eternity. Many of us have happy memories when we think of our mothers, but some don’t have such happy memories. Sadly, however, many want to be one but are unable for one reason or another.
They have dried our tears, kissed our bruises, and held us when we’ve sailed perilously in the depths of sickness. For nine months they bore us while at the same time suffering from morning sickness and other unpleasantries bore by pregnancy. They labored to bring us into this life and cried with joy upon holding us. These women have cooked for us, cleaned us, and hugged us when we’ve been messy.
When God created Adam and Eve, he commanded that they be fruitful and multiply. God’s design for the home was such because through bearing children, Christ our Lord came to the earth—a plan that God had before He laid the foundations of the earth. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4). Even Jesus had a mother.
This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day set aside to honor and thank those women who have meant so much to many of us. They often do things and work without receiving the appreciation they’re due. They seldom if ever take a day off from this important vocation because the needs of their houses never end. Let us be sure that we rise up and call them blessed (Proverbs 31:28).
To those who have a mother’s heart but are physically unable to have children, may you also be blessed. We know you would love more than anything to have a child to pour out the love that your heart has in it to give. May God bless you and keep you in His love as He did barren Sarah, Hannah, and Elizabeth—women whom He gave children when they believed it to have been passed them. Perhaps He’ll do the same for you as He did for them.
Thank you to all the mothers: for who you are, and what you mean to us.