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Mind Your Mother

Just the other day my mother reminded me of the broken lamp incident. She claimed that I used that incident in a sermon illustration one Sunday, and since I was the only one of the four children still talking about that, it made sense to her that I am the one who broke the lamp.

Such is the memory of a mother. She must remember both the happy moments (there were some of those, weren’t there?) and those moments not so pleasant. I am certain that there were plenty of those unpleasant memories. Some I have forgotten, but others, not quite. For mothers, it’s as Elizabeth Stone has said, “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

Mary, Jesus’ mother, knew much of the heartache of motherhood. From the strange circumstances of Jesus’ birth to the confusion of His becoming lost at the Temple at age twelve, to those times during His ministry when she and her family tried to “talk some sense” into Jesus, to that fateful day when she stood beneath His cross and, in Simeon’s words, “a sword pierced her soul” – Mary knew the grief of being a mother.

God also knows a mother’s emotions. He claims to love us even more intently than does a mother. “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Surely they may forget,  Yet I will not forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15 NKJV) He also claims to comfort us as does a mother (Isaiah 66:13) Like a mother, God makes, bears, carries and delivers His own. (Isaiah 46:3-4)

An old Jewish proverb claims that “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” If that be true, then certainly God taught mothers about forgiveness. French novelist, Honore’ de Balzac wrote, “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Of God, the Psalmist wrote, “Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;  According to Your mercy remember me,  For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.” (Psalm 25:6-7, NKJV)

So, how about it, Mom? That “lamp incident” was nearly 40 years ago. Isn’t it time to forgive and forget, no matter who was to blame for the broken lamp? For goodness sake? I hope so.

Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate the day. Don’t forget your Mother this month. Perhaps there’s something between you and her that could be resolved this May 9th?

Praying for Mother’s and their children this month,

Pastor Clint

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