I thought I would share with you two borrowed thoughts for Mother’s Day. One comes from a Daily Bread article titled, Planned Motherhood, and the other is called Something Special For Mother’s Day, by Erma Bombeck. I pray that you will make this Mother’s Day a special one for your mother. Mothers really deserve all the encouragement they can get; they do so much for the family. Reward them for their care this Mother’s Day 2005.
Had Mary been a 21st century teenager, she might have gone to an abortion clinic. She was very young, pregnant, poor, and unmarried.
Mary must have known that her purity would be questioned and that her son would be slandered as being illegitimate (John 8:41). But these obstacles didn’t deter her from joyfully accepting her God-ordained motherhood role. The Holy Spirit had miraculously conceived her child in her.
Being a mother is never without problems. Dirty diapers, interrupted sleep, 24-hour duty without pay, and the risk of heartbreak and rejection fall within God’s plan. But no woman who chooses motherhood over a career ever needs to feel that she has missed life’s best. Monica, St. Augustine’s mother, and Susannah, the mother of the Wesley brothers, like countless other women who modeled Christ before their children, have helped shape the history even as Mary did.
We must not idealize mothers. They have their weaknesses and faults like everyone else. No woman is perfect. Yet the Lord honors mothers, and so should we. He has planned motherhood to fulfill His plans for us.
Forgive your mother where she may have failed you. Call, write, or visit her and tell her at least one-way she has influenced your life for good. Say from your heart, “Mother, I love you.”
Something Special For Mother’s Day
When the good Lord was creating Mothers, He was into his sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”
And the Lord said, “Have you read the spec on this order?”
“She has to be completely washable, but not plastic.
Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable.
Run on black coffee and leftovers.
Have a lap that disappears when she stands up.
A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair.
And six pairs of hands.”
The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands…no way.”
“It’s not the hands that are causing Me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pairs of eyes that Mothers have to have.”
“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel.
The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees thru closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ – when she already knows.
Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course, the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say, “I understand and I love you” without so much as uttering a word.”
“Lord,” said the angel touching His sleeve gently, “Come to bed. Tomorrow…”
“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”
The angel circled the model of a Mother very slowly. “It’s too soft.” she sighed.
“But tough!” said the Lord excitedly, “You cannot imagine what this Mother can do or endure.”
“Can it think?”
“Not only think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her fingers across the cheek.
“There’s a leak,” she pronounced.
“I told you, you were trying to put too much into this model.”
“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “it’s a tear.”
“What’s it for?”
“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”
“You are a genius,” said the angel.
The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there.”