Saturday, May 17, 2014


Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

Happy Mothers’ Day to all of our Moms represented here today. Each of us has memories of growing up, and our parents raising us… they are among the earliest of our memories. But those memories of our mothers stand out boldly just because of the sheer amount of time they spent with us as babies and toddlers.

There is a natural affection between mother and child, and when a woman grows up knowing that love from her own Mom, and then shares it with her children, the cycle is then complete as love is shared from one generation to the next, and the next, and the one after that.

In directing Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, it is clear that motherhood was included in His plan as much as using the earth’s resources and replenishing it and them, and having dominion over every living creature.

God holds mothers and fathers in great regard; they reflect the history of His interaction with His Creation, and it is the central theme of the entire text. The Jews were commanded to pass an oral history of themselves and events down to each generation. One can hardly miss the central theme of “family” in the Bible. We may read of the families of the faithful, or the families of the enemies of God, Christians understand that we have been grafted in to God’s family of His Chosen Ones. Bearing and raising the next generation of all those families is what defines motherhood, and it is God who provides us with the mothers we need.

At a critical point in Israel’s history as a 20th Century nation, former Prime Minister Golda Meir was asked when Peace will come to Israel? Her response was that of the Proverbs 31 woman: “There will be peace in Israel when Palestinian mothers love their children more than they hate the Jews. “

Without trying to politicize Mothers’ Day, her words may still echo today. Mothers, love your children, for peace is apparently rooted in love.

“Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.” Isaiah 38:17

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