It can be said that mothers always
have our best interests at heart. They love us and make untold sacrifices for us.
The love a mother holds for their child is about as close to unconditional love
that we humans can achieve. Of course, no human mother is perfect. But whatever
their flaws and shortcomings might be, most mothers do love their children in a
profoundly deep and unconditional way. Whether you see it – or receive it –
remember that it is a reflection of the unconditional love our heavenly Father has
Although the Bible generally portrays God with
masculine imagery, it also uses maternal imagery. In Isaiah 66, verse 13, we
are told that God says, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I
And in Luke 13:34 Jesus speaks from a maternal
point of view as he laments Jerusalem’s rejection of him, “…
how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her
chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.”
One of the last things Jesus did before he died
on the cross was ask a friend to look after his mother. The Gospel of John
tells the story in chapter 19, verses 25-27: “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary
the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing
nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is
your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her
into his home.”
In spite of his own agony, Jesus was concerned
for his mother. He asked his close friend to see that his mother would not left
with no one to provide for her.
By doing this he set us an example. And let me
encourage you to follow his example!
In the United States, as well as other countries,
we celebrate Mother’s Day. Here in the US, we owe its origins to the work of Ana
Jarvis. After her own mother died, who she was very close to, she felt there
should be a day to celebrate all mothers. In 1914 she organized a letter-writing
campaign that resulted in President Woodrow Wilson proclaiming the second
Sunday of May to be Mother’s Day.
I realize that Mother’s Day is not a God-ordained
celebration, but one hundred years later, for all its commercialism, Mothers’
Day is still a good thing. This year, remember to let your mother know how
special she really is.
I’m Joseph Tkach, speaking of LIFE.