Today we celebrate Mother’s Day as we recognize the nurses for this has also been Nurses’ Week. It is in humility that we take one Sunday of the year to pay a special tribute to the mothers.
I would like to mention 7 amazing moms of the Bible who teach us important lessons:
1. Eve: The mother of Cain, Abel, and others. The first mom to have to bury her child. What a pain! Some here have had to do that.
2. Sarah: The mother of Isaac. She gives hope to those getting a late start on the mommy track, whose time clock seems to be running out. It is not that she did not try; she tried! Good things come to those who wait. “They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount with eagle’s wings, the prophet Isaiah said.
3. Rebekah: The mother of twins: Esau and Jacob. Teaches us there is danger when maternal power for manipulation is applied in the family. The family ends up being divided. You can never play favorites.
4. Bathsheba: The mother of Solomon. Motherhood gives women hope that, regardless of circumstances surrounding their pregnancy and the birth of a child, God can redeem any situation. Solomon became one of the great kings out of this lineage from which Jesus was born.
5. Jochebed: The mother of Aaron, Miriam, and Moses. She teaches us determination and that the ingenuity of a desperate mother can result in surprising circumstances producing wonderful results. She produced a deliverer of God’s people by the name of Moses.
6. Naomi: She had to bury her husband and her two sons. But God gave her Ruth, her daughter-in-law, who stood by her all the way.
7. Mary: The mother of Jesus. An unwed girl with a baby can be a challenge. But Mary stays with her son when the rest of the world walks away. Mothers are always there.
We are gathered here on this special day to honor very special people. First, we wish to salute all the mothers for their willingness to be mothers. Second, let us congratulate the graduates for the first phase of their education journey being successfully completed. As we honor all the mothers in this country and more so in our worship service today, none of us would completely deny their mother’s contribution to their being, even if it means less than nine months. For that reason, each one of us in this room, including the ladies in here, have somebody they ought to thank for their being. I know some of our mothers have gone to be with our maker but it is good to remember them. I also realize that there are some of us here whose Mother’s Day brings bad memories of how their own mother failed to do what they were expected to do as mothers. There are mothers who have been known to abuse their own children or do other horrifying things to their own children. Since there are the exceptions rather than the rules, we wish to pay special tribute to all the others in this church.
To honor mothers I am reminded of a poem that I may have shared with you or some may have read it from the internet. It is a poem on the creation of a mother.
I read an imaginary conversation between God and an angel regarding a woman, told by Pastor Deborah Morgan.
Narrator: When God was creating mothers, he was into his sixth day – overtime. One of the angels said:
Angel: You are doing a lot of fiddling around with this one.
God: This one is special. She has over 80 moveable parts, and all replaceable. She has a lap that disappears when she stands up, a kiss that can cure anything from a broken heart to a disappointed relationship. She has six pairs of hands.
Angel: Six pairs of hands, no way!
God: It is not the hands that are causing me problems. It is the three pairs of eyes that mothers need to have.
Angel: Is that on the standard model?
God: Yes, one pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, “What are you doing in there?” when she already knows. Another pair in the back of the head that sees what she shouldn’t see but what she has to know. And, of course, the ones here in front that can look at a child when he or she goofs and when, without even uttering a word, says, “I understand and I still love you.”
Narrator: The angel touched her sleeves gently.
Angel: Go to bed, you have another day of rest.
God: I can’t. I am so close to creating something close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick, can feed a family of ten on one pound of hamburger.
Narrator: The angel touched the model of a mother very slowly and said:
Angel: It is too soft.
God: She is soft, but tough! You cannot imagine what mothers can endure.
Angel: Can she think?
God: Not only can she think but she can also reason and compromise.
Narrator: Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.
Angel: There is a leak; I told you that you are trying to put too much into this model
God: It is not a leak, it is a tear.
Angel: What for?
God: It is for crying, laughing, expressing joy, sadness, disappointment and even celebration.
Angel: You are genius.
God: I am only a creator who wants to show my love through the mother.
Narrator: On Mother’s Day we celebrate the love of God, as shown through mothers. Mothers have been a source of encouragement, influence, a should to lean on, an influence in our lives and always there when we need her. In whatever words we might use to salute our mothers, on phrase that best describes a mother is the single word, LOVE.
Now, to the graduates before us today, I would like to say three main things that I believe seem to have worked on this journey:
A mother has been a symbol of unity in many cultures. She is actually the rock on which families are able to weather difficult times. This does not mean that fathers have no place, but it is mothers who often become the enforcers of the family values. With this I have three underlying values I would like to share about mothers:
1. Mothers have a special sense: Mothers have a way of knowing what is happening around them without being told. She can see behind closed doors (at least we believed that growing up). She can see the mess we are making even when she’s not there. They even seem to have a set of eyes on the back of their heads to see things that they are not supposed to see. I think many men who are married know this quality of a mother extends to your wife because they will eventually find out that which you did not want them to. You have to learn to create the response when that time comes.
2. Mothers are the source of encouragement: God provided mothers with those kind words that seem to respond to our pain. We can easily turn to our poor mother when the going is tough and more often than not they would have a word of encouragement. When a child runs into the house crying because he or she has banged themselves, one quick kiss and all the pain is forgotten.
3. Mothers provide a special hope: It was the mother of Moses that gave hope to the young boy by defying the orders of the pharaoh and decided to save her child. It was sheer determination and bravery that Moses; mother was able to provide hope for God’s chosen people, the Hebrews. Out of her action a deliverer was raised who would take them out of slavery.
To the graduate I would like to remind them what Marlin Seevers always told graduates: “Keep on working on improving your GPPA – that relationship with God, Parents, Peers, and Authority. Marlin was a resident of Norfolk, Nebraska (Norfolk Daily News, Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, P.1). To the graduates, I would like to tell them:
- Work well done!
- Journey well traveled!
- A vision well focused!