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Moms deserve thanks for the blessings they are

May 05, 2010 - This week we focus on someone important to us: our mothers. Where would we be without them, our birth-mother or one who loved and adopted us into her family—as her own?

Many examples of mothers in the Bible that us how God leads and supplies us.

The first mother, Eve, gave into temptation and sin entered the world through Adam, her husband. Neither are our mothers perfect. They face struggles similar to our own. When they give in to temptation, reach out to them with the same love, care, and forgiveness they have shown us through the years.

Next is the aged mother, Sarah. Imagine having been promised a child and waiting until age 80 before receiving that blessing! I am sure there were many times she was discouraged, even doubting the promise. What an example of patience to us as we await God's blessings.

Moses and his mother remained faithful to God rather than the command of Pharaoh, to kill all Hebrew male babies. God provided this faithful woman so Moses could free the Children of God from their enslavement.

Ruth showed great faithfulness to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Both widowed, Ruth was told to stay with her family when Naomi returned to her homeland. Ruth chose to remain with Naomi, speaking these wonderful words to Naomi: "Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God." Ruth 1:16 (ESV). We see such faithfulness when we lose spouses yet continue to care for our in-laws as part of our family.

In the New Testament Paul, writing Timothy, speaks of his faithful mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, who were instruments in God's hands, developing Timothy's faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Timothy was important to Paul and to God in the early Christian Church.

What better example do we have than Mary Jesus' mother? What an unusual birth—He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary!

Painful, Mary watched her Son, nailed to the cross, hang His head in death and proclaim God's forgiveness for all mankind's sin—even His mother's. Before He died Jesus turned to His disciple and commended him to care for His mother and His mother to receive care from His disciple. What better care could anyone receive than God's gift of forgiveness?

As you celebrate with your mother, whether in person, by telephone, or just remembering, take time to thank her for the blessing she is to you. She is God's own, unique gift for you. Forgive the times she failed you and seek her forgiveness for the times you failed them. Then, celebrate together the love you share in Him!

The Rev. Kendall Schaeffer is pastor of St. Trinity Lutheran Church.

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