Today we celebrate Mother’s Day — honoring the women, both natural and spiritual mothers, who have poured into our lives from before each of us drew our first breath.
The true heart of a mother is a nurturing, constant love: through thick and thin, through the terrible twos and teenage rebellion, through triumph and tragedy, a mother supports, encourages, rejoices, prays, guides, and even now and then gives a spanking. No matter how old he is, no matter how self-sufficient she becomes, a mother’s love will not let her child go.
Mothers, whether those who raise a child naturally or those who train a son or daughter spiritually, are a model of God’s unfailing love for us.
9 Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
10 Like your name, O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments.
(Psalm 48:9-11 NIV)
As we meet together in our respective places of worship today, we recognize and meditate on the love of our mothers… and the unfailing love of the God we worship.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
(John 3:16-17 NIV)
That love will see each of us through thick and thin, through our childish tantrums and our self-centered rebellions, through every triumph and tragedy life throws at us… God’s love will truly never let us go.
This song was running through my head while finishing this post… it’s one I remember from my teenage years, and many of you may never have heard it. It’s worth a listen.