An instructor of the Bible was
once trying to impress upon his preacher students the
importance of "leaving" father and
mother, and "cleaving" to one's
wife. After lecturing for some time on this topic, he
concluded his lesson by asking, "So, if your mother and wife
were both drowning and you could only save one, who would you
save?" One of the preacher students raised his hand and said,
"I'd save my mother." A bit deflated by his answer, the
instructor asked him why. He said, "I can always get another
wife, but I can't get another mother."
I think most people are of the
opinion that they had the world's finest mother. It matters
not how old one may get, or how big and gruff one may
be, people almost universally have a special place in their
hearts for their mothers. Even God the Father,
reached to the feminine side of Motherhood in
an attempt to illustrate the extent of his love for his
children. God the Father, as a mother who carries her child
on her hip and bounces him up and down on her knees, will
protect and comfort his children (Isaiah 66:12-13).
I'm thankful for my mother, and
for the memories I have of my upbringing. I'm thankful that
she instilled within me a love for God, values that transcend
that which is temporary, and through her love, protection, and
comfort helped me to better understand the nature of God.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
(P.S. - Patience Dad. Father's
Day isn't until June)
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