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A Mother’s Day Blessing … May 13, 2018

Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:28 ESV

     Imagine if you can, what Jesus might have done if there was a Mother’s Day celebrated when he walked in the world. Do you suppose that he might have written his mother a letter to express His love and appreciation for her? What do you suppose it would have said?…. How about:

Dear Precious Mother,
     Thank you for all the sacrifices you’ve made for me over the years. I remember the story of how life was on the night I was born. Joseph, my step dad, told me about the night I was born; how you did not complain even when you had traveled for days, and upon arriving in Bethlehem there was not a room available anywhere. He told me you were happy and thankful just to find the stable, and that when I was born you had the sweetest smile… Mom, I love your smile.

He told me about a bunch of shpherds showing up unannounced, and, being the gracious person that you are, you invited them in to show them your newborn son. Most would have sent them away, but not you; you were kind, just as I’ve always known you to be.

Dad said that when I was around two years old, we had to up and move quickly, and you never complained. You just loaded up and went. Mom, I can’t remember you ever complaining about anything. You always seemed to enjoy life no matter what. The only time I have seen you a little upset was when I was around twelve. and I was separated from the family during our travel. You found me in the Temple, and you were more than a little concerned, but so happy you had found me. I’ll never forget that hug and the tears in your eyes… Mom, I love you so much.

Over the years we had many great times as you helped me grow into a man. I remember the day I went to work with dad in the carpentry business. You smiled that sweet smile, gave me a hug, and watched me walk away with dad. I will never forget the look on your face; it was as if you knew and pondered the something more you knew I would one day do. I often caught that pondering look upon your face as you looked at me, and when our eyes met, you would smile. Did I tell you I love your smile?

When I was older and at a wedding reception, you asked me to take care of a wine shortage they experienced. Mom, you knew in your heart it was possible for me to do so… moms always seem to know the abilities of their children. My Father in Heaven put this knowing in a mom’s heart.  When the day came that I left to begin my journey to do that something more, I remember looking over my shoulder one last time to see again that sweet smile, but this time with tears mixed in. A knot came up in my throat, for I knew that, once again, as always, you were sacrificing with a love only a mother can know and do.

The next three years of my life were a bit more than just eventful, but you were always near; if not physically, then in your heart. You heard people criticize me and make many threats towards me, but you know they were wrong and false… you always believed in me, mom; you are so awesome.

I understand how my Father, when he sent Gabriel to you and addressed you as “favored one,” he told you that you would give birth to me, His only Son. My Father, God, always makes the best choices, and choosing you to be my mother was no exception.

Mom, you are a woman as described in Proverbs, and I rise up and call you blessed. By the time you read this, Mom, I will have already completed that “something more I came to do”, and have traveled back to be with my Father. Know this, Mom, I’m preparing a place for you so you can one day join us. Because of your willingness to be my mom and sacrifice so much, many others will one day join us in this place I’m preparing for them as well. I look forward to one day seeing that smile once again, and will welcome you with the arms that hugged you when I was with you.

Blessings, Mom, and until that day, always remember….. I Love You!!!!

Your Son,
Jesus

TODAY LET US BLESS OUR MOTHERS …..

     A woman may give birth and be a biological mom, but a true mom nurtures, cares for the needs 0f, and blesses, her children. Many a woman in our day has never given birth to a child, but has been a mother to one or more children. It is something that God has put in  the heart of a woman willing to take this awesome responsibility and precious roll as designed by God alone. To these women: we want to express gratitude and honor to you this day. You are special and have a value that words cannot express, for God has created you in this fashion. There is no love like a mother’s love, and you know this to be true, as a child clings to his or her mother as to no one else. So let us………

Honor Her:
     This is so very important that God made it one of the 10 commandments.

Honor you father and MOTHER, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD is giving you. Exodus 20:12 ESV

Bless Her:
     Bless her with words of affirmation.

Her children rise up and call her blessed: her husband also, and praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you have surpassed them all. Proverbs 31:28-29 ESV

Love Her:
     Love her for the unconditional love she gives….. she should receive it as well as give it. A mother loves even when many times she is taken for granted. Again I believe this is how God made her. Perhaps next to God’s love, there is no love so unconditional as a true mother’s love.

     Jesus gave us their greatest example of loving his mother. When dying on the cross, he took care of and showed love for his mother before he died. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple“Behold your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-17 ESV  Jesus showed love to the one who loved him unconditionally. In short, he honored her, blessed her, and loved her. He showed us by example as he has always done, and we would be wise to follow his example every day in which we live.

     In closing, may I say for millions around this world… Thank You Moms for all you have done, all you are doing and what you will do for as long as you have breath. We love you!!!!

Because of His Grace~Pastor David

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