Obviously today is not Mother’s Day! But I’m very happy God gives me the opportunity to honor my wife and my mother on other days as well. This post from May 10, 2009 WAS on Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother’s Day – May You Rejoice in all Circumstances:
As I read Pastor John’s blog for Mother’s Day, it was bittersweet. It isn’t because I’m a mom – I’m obviously not. It isn’t because my mother was a ‘bad’ mother – she is a wonderful mother and grandmother and I praise God for her.
And my wife excels at raising our children. I have been deeply blessed by God to parent our four children with her, particularly given all that cancer has robbed from her – the fatigue and pain are terrible at times for her. Yet she perseveres for the sake of her children and me and we have a pretty happy home.
No, it was bittersweet as I read this line in Pastor John’s blog:
As sons and daughters—whether old or young—let’s remember that the deep satisfaction that comes from honoring all the truth that our mothers taught us also comes back to them as a crown of joy and honor and blessing in their later years.
Our oldest boy will never fully comprehend the truth that his mother understands and lives and loves. He will always be an infant in how he comprehends the world. From that sense, he will never honor all the truth that he has been taught, because he can’t.But, thank you, God, that is not the end of the story!
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21
All children are a heritage from the Lord! We know that, because he said so, and because he knew how HE WOULD FORM THEM! Paul’s disabilities are intentionally given to him for God’s glory and for my good. And someday Paul’s little body, full of ‘problems’ that make him different, will be transformed.
Thank you, Pastor John, for helping me see this. And thank you, Lord, for my wife. Please help me honor her as the mother of our children, today especially.