30th March 2014

Honouring Mothers 

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.”
Matthew 23:37 (NIV UK) 

It can be said that mothers always have our best interests at heart. They love us and make untold sacrifices for us. The love a mother holds for her child is about as close to unconditional love that we human beings can achieve. Of course, no human mother is perfect. But whatever their flaws and shortcomings, most mothers do love their children in a profoundly deep and unconditional way. Whether you see it—or receive it—remember that it’s a reflection of the unconditional love our heavenly Father has for us. 

Although the Bible generally portrays God with masculine imagery, it also uses maternal imagery. The Bible tells us that God says, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13). 

Jesus speaks from a maternal point of view as he laments Jerusalem’s rejection of him, “… how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Luke 13:34). 

One of the last things Jesus did before he died on the cross was ask a friend to look after his mother. John tells the story: “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home” (John 19:25-27). 

In spite of his own agony, Jesus was concerned for his mother. He asked his close friend to see that his mother would not left with no one to provide for her.  By doing this he set us an example. And let me encourage you to follow his example! 

In the United States, as well as other countries, we celebrate Mother’s Day. Here in the US, we owe its origins to the work of Ana Jarvis. After her own mother died, with whom she was very close, she felt there should be a day to celebrate all mothers. In 1914 she organised a letter-writing campaign which resulted in President Woodrow Wilson proclaiming the second Sunday of May to be Mother’s Day. 

I realise that Mother’s Day is not a God-ordained celebration, but a hundred years on, for all its commercialism, Mothers’ Day is still a good thing. This year, remember to let your mother know how special she really is. 

Prayer
Gracious Father, thank you for our mothers who, in their selfless example of love towards us, gave us something of the love felt and expressed by you toward us, your children.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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