That I don’t sit down
Half as much.
Duff is five; Todd is two;
They’re still both just like new.
Before I know it they’ll be big;
this causes me to constantly dig
To be strong and godly and
Loving and good,
So they’ll become the kind
Of men they should.”
— Gloria Brumley
Congress gave Mother’s Day official recognition on May 8, 1914, setting aside the national day “for public expression of our love and reverence for mothers.” The observance of the day is never questioned; for most people are eager to bestow honor upon their mother.
Such recognition is warranted. No class of mortals is purer and nobler than others whose hearts are full of love for God and for their families. Edwin Arnold said, “God can’t be always everywhere, and so He invented mothers.” Mothers are never too tired to bound from bed at the first whimper of an ailing child, nor are they too weary to console or encourage a member of their household.
Honoring our mother is so important to God that He made it the Fifth Commandment and wrote it in stone with His own finger. It is the first of the Ten Commandments with promise.
He commands “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).
Ann Taylor wrote:
“For God who lives above the skies,
Would look with vengeance in His eyes,
If I should ever dare despise
Someone said that a mother’s love is like God’s love. He loves us not because we are lovable, but because it is His nature to love, and because we are His children. So it is with motherhood.
That great preacher of another century, Martin Luther, commented “When Eve was brought to Adam ... He called her Eve, that is to say, ‘the mother of all.”
Luther continued, “He did not style her wife, but simply mother — mother of all mankind. In this consists the glory and the most precious ornament of woman.”
The Bible has a great deal to say about motherhood. Proverbs describes the enterprising mother as being “like the merchants’ ships” (31:14) which bring food to the hungry. Ezekiel, writing as a captive in Chaldea, stated, “Your mother is like a vine in your blood” (19:10), as he pointed out the tenderness of a mother. While discussing a mother’s compassionate guidance, the writer of Proverbs warns, “Forsake not the law of your mother” (1:8). Rebekah’s pampering of Jacob reflects her misguided concept of motherhood; whereas, the mother of Rufus, described in Romans 16 suggests a mother’s genuine concern for men’s souls.
Lingering at the foot of the Cross was Mary, the piteous, crushed mother of Christ. Her friends were present, offering their sympathy; but the day was still very dismal. The joy she had expressed at the Annunciation was now eclipsed, for her darling Son was dying right before her eyes.
She was not only heartbroken but also sickened with the awesome spectacle of the Crucifixion. Perhaps she procured a bit of solace form the memory of her Son’s parable of the widowed mother who received an answer to a constant petition made to a king. Mary must have petitioned her heavenly Father for strength, for the mother of Christ was a praying mother.
Other mothers are described in Word. Paul wrote Timothy about “the unfeigned faith ... which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois” (2 Timothy 1:5). It is evident that this godly grandmother affected her grandson toward righteousness. This saintly mother lived on a different plane from some others of this day who seem to move as far from God as possible.
Thank God for millions of mothers who lead upright lives; who constantly guide their families into wholesomeness. They love their families, intercede for them, and have faith in them.