While many of us celebrate Mother’s Day, rarely do we stop and think of those who didn’t have fond memories of their mother. Scars of childhood heal, but aren’t forgotten. Instead of refreshing those old wounds, I want to help you think deeper about this day that has been set aside to commemorate our mothers.
God gave birth to each of us and formed us with intricate and meticulous detail. He knows the number of hairs on our heads, our mannerisms, our past, and our future. He’s forgiven our wrong and he’s not ignorant of the wrong set against us. Though many of our homes weren’t homes at all, still we pressed forward. I can’t help but remember the story of King Josiah and the evil all around him at a very early age. Yet, King Josiah didn’t sulk or retaliate. He got busy cleaning the household of God, encouraging those around him to do the same.
Each one of us has a place carved out just for us. When we reach out and take the hand of another and pass along peace, love, and goodwill, we get it back from a different hand, and thus, we are reminded that no man is an island. Though we may want to, we can’t go at life all alone. Together we make up the body of Jesus Christ. I may be a shoulder, but you may be a hand, and your brother might be a knee. It doesn’t matter what part you play, what your role in life may be, we all fit together to form the body of Jesus Christ. And each part of the body encourages the other to press ahead. And no part of the body is superior to the other part, for there is only one head—Jesus Christ.
Haunted memories of your mother should be traded for the spiritual blessings you bestow upon others. Giving speaks volumes about God’s love reigning in you. A rose from your garden and placed upon the collar of the least expected expresses love beyond words. An e-mail message or a handwritten note to someone you’ve never had the pleasure of knowing fills their lives with immeasureable assurance that our God is still alive.
When we allow God to free us from our past and unleash our future, in spite of many trials and downfalls, we can’t help but focus on the hope within us. This hope is love, joy, peace, and contentment, and to one day be free from bondage and rest in him.
Like our preacher once said, “Your past explains you, but it doesn’t lock you in.”
Look forward to the coming holiday and rejoice. Your past is overshadowed by your future. “For God so loved the world that he gave up his son.” No matter what you’ve been through, your memories bring you to your knees in spiritual thanksgiving that God never forgot about you. Your very life attests to his mercy.
Stand in the place God has carved out for you. Be a good mother to those around you in spite of your past. Sow good seed. Love and don’t grow weary. For God reached inside your mother’s womb and intricately made you and placed you where you are today. Give him glory for bringing you out of your past and into His future. Make your day special by giving to the motherless.
Make this day and everyday special in his sight. For God is love . . . and he is in love with you.
Happy Mother’s Day.
II Corinthians 5:16-21
15and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
48But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! 50“For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6Then I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth.” 7But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak. 8“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.
Donna B. Comeaux
Freelance Writer, Author, Poet