Enjoy this true story in honor of Mother’s Day that appeared in the Kewanee Star Courier on May 5, 2004.
Barbara Weiser of Kewanee, IL, recalls this conversation with her daughter when she was six.
“Mom, there are five things I want to be when I grow up.”
“Oh, yeah? What are they?”
“I’m going to be a model, a movie star, a traveler and travel all around the world, and an artist and a singer.”
“What about a mom?”
“I don’t know…. I think that’s too hard for me.”
Later that same day, Abbie remarked to me, “Mom, it’s too bad you didn’t get to become anybody when you grew up.”
“But I am somebody,” I explained. “I’m your mom! If I weren’t a mom then you wouldn’t be here right now dreaming of what you want to be someday!”
My young daughter was perceptive about one vital thing. Motherhood is not easy.
ourdailybread.org asks the question, “What is the most challenging job in the world? Many have said it is being a mother, if it is ever considered a ‘job’. But while it’s not a job in the strict sense of the word, it is nevertheless a tough endeavor.” I honor all you Moms for your faithfulness in raising your children to live for the Lord.
Thank the Lord for mothers! Mothers make a Huge impact upon their children. William Ross Wallace wrote a poem in 1865 that praises motherhood as the pre-eminent force for change in the world. First published as “What Rules the World”, it eventually became known by its refrain, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle is the Hand that Rules the World”. In other words, according to wiktionary.org, “women, particularly mothers, have a decisive influence on the future direction of society because they raise and nurture the next generation.”
The Bible honors mothers. The first woman was named Eve, “because she would become the mother of all the living”. Other well known Bible mothers are Sarah – wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac; Rebekah – wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau; Jochebed – mother of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam; Hannah – mother of Samuel the Prophet; Elizabeth – mother of John the Baptist; and Mary – mother of Jesus.
A beautiful testament to a godly woman, wife, and mother is Proverbs 31. Verses 28-31 declare, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting (vain); but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Moms, we bless you and thank the Lord for you!
This Sunday, May 14, we will celebrate Mother’s Day. My wife Shirley will preach the Word and gifts will be available for all women. Please invite someone to join you at 10:35am either in the building or online for the Live broadcast on Facebook (Honolulu AG) or our YouTube channel (Honolulu Assembly of God). We Livestream every Sunday morning at 10:35am to both locations. (The 9:30am Adult Bible Class will continue its study of the Book of Romans.)
Note: We had several technical glitches during last Sunday’s Livestream. It only broadcast to YouTube and not to Facebook, plus the sound does not work for the first 40 minutes. I uploaded the video to Facebook, apologize for the inconvenience, and promise you that it will be fixed before this next Sunday’s service. Mahalo for your patience!
Coming Up: May 28 is Pentecost Sunday. Father’s Day takes place June 18 and Paul & Kristi Robinson, missionaries to Colombia, will be our special guests that day.
Aloha ke Akua!