Mother's Day 2023
Today’s sermon is a little bit different from normal because we are not only here to worship the Lord, we are here also here today to also honour our mothers, grandmothers, and all the other great mother(s).
George Washington said of his mother, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
It is a day for greetings, and the expressions of love all around; but it is also a day for remembering because the telephone companies tell us that Mothers Day is one of the busiest days of the year; and we all know that the shops just love mother’s day; as they make a lot from our sentimentality.
But I am not going to talk about them, I am here to try and praise the true value of motherhood; a task I will barely do justice in this short sermon, because true motherhood as you know, is a lifetime task. It is a difficult task, as by the time a child reaches 18, it has been estimated that a mother has done an extra 18,000 hours of work, … child-generated work. …
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But before I continue, I must make it clear that Mother’s Day is not for everyone. It can be a very difficult time for some. Many women would love to have become a mother, but for some reason they could not; … and some people do not have what we call the best mother in the world; … while others who did, may have lost them through death or circumstances. So we must give a thought to them, and be sensitive, … and especially to those mothers who lost children; and others who carry the guilt of wayward children, … so to them, mother’s day can be very difficult indeed; and so we sympathise.
Men don’t make good mothers
Now this sounds silly me saying this, but men, or fathers do not make good mothers, … and sometimes we try, but what I am getting at here, is that there are many things us men cannot do, where women simply excel, and motherhood is one.
The physics teacher at our school gave the class a lesson on magnets. The next day he recapped on the lesson and asked, “My name begins with an “M,” has six letters, and I pick things up. What am I?” The kids answered, my “Mother.”
And mothers too are also well known for teaching their kids, but in their own imitable style: you may recognise some of their lessons:
lessons on contortionism ......"Have you seen the dirt on the back of your neck!"
Lessons on compassion......."if you fall off that bike and break your neck, don’t come running to me." …
Lessons on safety and caring for the safety of others..... "now if you don’t stop waving that thing about, you will take somebody’s eye out,
But my personal favourite is a lesson on the science of genetics ...."You are just like your father"!
But what I am getting at here is that mother do home in on the pastoral care on a child, in a way that men just simply can’t, and I think this quote by an unknown mother which sums that up perfectly.
“When my children remember their childhood, I want only for them to remember that their Mother gave it her all. … She worried too much, … she failed at times as she did not always get it right, … but she tried her hardest to teach them about kindness, love, compassion & honesty, … even if she had to learn it from her own mistakes. … She loved them enough to keep going, even when things seems hopeless, … even when life knocked her down. … I want them to remember me as the woman who always got back up and loved them to the end”.
Proverbs 31 tells the story of the mother of King Lemuel, who gave advice to her son about godly living, and how to pick a good wife and mother; … and there have been many sermons made from that chapter for mother’s day. … And there is also one of the most powerful stories in the bible of a mother’s love; the story where a mother told King Solomon to give her child to another woman, rather than having him killed, or cut in half.
And we remember too the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus and in particular, the wedding in Cana where she ask him to do his first ever recorded miracle, John chapter 2 verse 3 in the Old King James Bible says,
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
You see, you see, our great Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God respected and loved his mother, and that is our standard to follow.
And a mother can make such a significant spiritual impact on her children; Susannah Wesley, mother of 17 (seventeen), two of which were John and Charles Wesley, spent one hour each day praying for her children. In addition, she took each child aside for a full hour each week to discuss spiritual matters; so it is no wonder her children were used by God to bring blessing to all of England and the rest of the world.
I mentioned Proverbs 31 in passing, so I want to read portion of it and understand some things about what make you ladies so special.
Mothers are precious and valuable
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
Mothers work Hard
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
Mothers are generous
She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.
Mothers are forward thinkers
She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Mothers make those around them look good
Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
I want to close with this thought for mothers everywhere, but especially for our Living Word mothers...
“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
Ladies God bless you for all you do, and from all of us, thank you for the Love of God that you show, and the blessing that's you are to so many.