By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20).
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:3; Ephesians 6:1-3).
When Jesus was dying on the cross, he was concerned about the welfare of his mother. John 19:26-27 tells us, “When Jesus therefore saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
Paul wrote of Timothy’s faith and said, “which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5).
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Let us be reminded of the blessings of our wonderful mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
For years there were those who suggested a day to honor Mothers. This was done in various places, but in the United States Mother’s Day received national recognition on May 9, 1914. The following year the second Sunday in May was proclaimed as an annual national observance. It is certainly fitting and proper that we have such a day to honor mothers.
Some of the many references in the Bible to mothers are written above. Much has been written and said about great mothers through the years. Although we give our attention to emphasize the importance of good mothers, it is sad that some are not good mothers. The Bible speaks of those. At 2 Chronicles 22:3 we read of a mother that advised her son to do wickedly. At 1 Timothy 1:9 we read of “murderers of fathers and mothers.”
Esther Elwofsky wrote an interesting thought about the strangeness of the custom of setting aside one day a year for mothers since we should honor them every day. She wrote this would be “like setting one day aside to grasp the beauty of the sun, the moon, the stars—all the lovely, natural things that bring warmth, light, and comfort.”
It is often said that there is no love greater than a mother’s love, except the love God has for us. Three of the sweetest words of the English language are Mother, Home and Heaven.