Behold Thy Mother

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May 5, 2016 by genelup

While Jesus Christ was dying on the cross, he saw his mother in the crowd below him.

His love and concern for her was so great he wanted someone to care for her the rest of her life.  He told Mary that his disciple John could be considered her new son.  And to John, he said: “Behold they mother!”  Shortly afterward Jesus died.

There are many other accounts in the Bible about mothers.  Although the Bible was written when society was patriarchal, God’s love for mothers is evident.  And there are numerous stories of mothers showing love and compassion for their children.

Who can forget the tender story of Hannah giving her baby boy to be raised by the priest for God’s service?  Each year she would visit her son, giving him a little cloak that she had made.  Hannah must have prayed for her son through the years as he grew. And as a man, Samuel led his people.

Another story centers on Hagar and her teen-aged son, Ishmael, who were driven off by Abraham — Ishmael’s father — into the wilderness.  When their water was gone, Hagar sat alone.  “How can I watch the child die?” she asked.  And then she wept.  God heard Ishmael crying and He provided water.  God promised that through Ishmael a great nation would emerge.

The writer of Proverbs warns: “My son…forsake not the law of thy mother.”  Later in the book, the writer says that a “foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.”

“Who can find a virtuous woman?” Proverbs asks.  “For her price is far above rubies.”

The writer describes this ideal woman: She fears the Lords, is a hard worker, is wise in home management, makes clothes for her household, makes the home beautiful and speaks with wisdom and kindness.

“Her children arise up and call her blessed,” Proverbs says.

Although thousands of year have gone by since the writer of Proverbs penned those words, the more appreciative children in the world today still honor and respect their mothers.

SUNDAY IS MOTHER’S DAY!  It is the custom for children on that day to give candy, flowers or other gifts to their mothers.

Perhaps, though, some mothers for the first time in years, or in their lives, will hear the most beautiful words in the world from their child.  They are: “I Love You.” — Gene Luptak

 mother praying with child

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