Love is what makes the world go round; forgiveness is the key ingredient that helps keep it in motion. God is love. God is forgiveness. God is life. God gives life. His love is so perfect, so unconditional, so unfailing….so pure, so selfless, so enlightening. I can’t imagine a love that would ever come close to His…but a Mother’s love has to be one of the closest examples on earth. Motherhood is such a precious gift from God. It is a distinct honor and privilege to be entrusted with a life, and to be awarded with such a duty and calling. God values life above all else – He sent His Son so that we might have life – and have it more abundantly. He expressed His love to us in profound action in John 3:16 KJV: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son; that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Life. Everlasting. What an amazing act of love.
Mothers are the vessels that God uses to give life; they are an integral part of the building of God’s Kingdom. None of us would be here without the mothers who gave birth to us. The Word of God says: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5 KJV). God knew us long before He formed us in our mother’s womb. He has predestined our life and all of the events in it; there was never a moment in the crafting of our lives that was unplanned. It was predetermined that every single life was to be a symbol of God’s love. We give praise, glory, and honor to Him because we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:13-16 (ASV) says:
For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My frame was not hidden from thee, When I was made in secret, And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.
Giving thanks and honor and glory to God is and should be second nature. With that, it is only fitting to give thanks, love, and honor to our mothers for accepting the call of God on their lives and vowing to serve their children and families with love, diligence, and selflessness. To honor them for continuing the call in forgiveness, strength, wisdom, and encouragement. To show the love of God to their children, grandchildren, and to the world for the rest of their lives. Motherhood is certainly not an easy job. And no one has done it perfectly, yet we honor them. The Word of God says: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee (Exodus 20:12 KJV). As mothers have given us life, it is our duty to return that love and appreciation by honoring them every opportunity that we have.
I honor my Mother on this day for being the rock that held our family together when times were hard – and there were many of those times. I honor my Mother for taking care of her family and being a great example of true commitment and devotion. I honor my Mother for exuding endless strength – even in some of the most difficult and extenuating circumstances. I honor her for being extremely selfless in every aspect of her life; for constantly giving up her desires to serve the needs of her family. I honor her for raising us to follow God above all else. I honor her for being one of the best examples of what forgiveness is. You are one of a kind. You are precious to me and to God. I thank you for giving me life and showing me what a woman of strength looks like. I know I’ve told you this before, and I’ll tell you again: If I can be half of the woman that you are and are still becoming, I would be one awesome woman. I truly thank God for you. I love you.
During times of disagreement and disappointment, I have never once doubted your strength and your love. Even during moments where I couldn’t see or feel your love, I always knew it was there. I have faith because with God, you have shown me what that is. I am forever indebted to you for choosing to give me life; and choosing life for me the day that God formed me in your womb. You were excited about beginning your life of motherhood, and I sincerely appreciate that. To this day, you still have that same joy.
To all of the mothers of the world, we love and appreciate you. To the older women and mothers (grandmothers) who are teaching the younger women how to be wives and mothers, we love and appreciate you. To the young mothers who are learning as they go and finding their way with God’s strength, we love and salute you. To the single mothers who have more than one shoe to fill and continue to persevere, we love and admire you. Happy Mother’s Day!! Whether you have personally given birth to a child, or have taken on the role of a mother through adoption, etc., we honor you. It is such a blessing and a privilege to be a mother, and I pray that today is a special day for you. May today and the rest of your life be filled with love, laughter, peace, and joy.
1 Timothy 1:5: “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” May we give thanks to our mothers for loving us and providing us with sound instruction, even in times when it may have been difficult. Discipline is love. Protection is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13: “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” May we give thanks to our mothers who have given us faith, hope, and love. Thank you Mom for giving me all three.
I am #ProLife!