Honouring our Moms on Mother’s Day
-an article for the May 2007 Deep Cove Crier
For eighteen Mother’s Days, I have been privileged to write articles in the Deep Cove Crier.
Those of you who have been reading my Deep Cove Crier articles for the past two decades will know that I am a big Mother’s Day fan. God knew what he was talking about when he built the honouring of Mothers right into the 10 Commandments itself. God said in the 10 Commandments that honouring our mothers (and fathers) would actually affect how long and how well we lived out our lives.
Mothers are mentioned 226 times in the bible. The first mother, Eve, was called the mother of all living. Sarah, the wife of Abraham, was called the mother of nations. Moses’ mother gave her own child away to an Egyptian princess just to spare his life. Samuel’s mother dedicated her son to the Lord at a very young age. King Solomon reminded young people in Proverbs 4 not to forsake the law of their mother. Young Timothy’s leadership was based on the prayers of his faithful mother Eunice and grandmother Lois.
Why does God want us
to honour our mothers? God knows that when
we honour and love our mothers, everyone wins. God
wins, our mothers win and we win. Proverbs 10:1 teaches that when we
foolishly do not honour our mothers, we bring grief to them. Many mothers literally die of broken hearts
because of the selfishness and waywardness of their adult children. The Good Book teaches that there is a
spiritual law of reaping and sowing. As
the famous movie “Gone With the Wind” reminds us, the person who brings
trouble on his family will only inherit the wind. (Proverbs 11:29). Honouring our mothers is in our own best
Our culture has a
tendency to make fun of women when they are older, calling them
disparaging names and treating them as irrelevant.
It is no wonder that so many women feel afraid to admit their
real age. Proverbs says: “Do not despise your mother when she
is old.” Blessing our mothers is a
wonderful privilege that we should not miss. Many
people sadly save all their blessings for the funeral eulogy. My challenge to you is to not wait until your
mother is dead and buried. Bless her today
before it is too late. Give thanks for her
this week, because life is so short. And
make a fuss of her this coming Mother’s Day on May 13th. She deserves
it and needs it. Happy Mother’s Day.
The Reverend Ed Hird
Rector, St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver, BC
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