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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Whatís a mother to do?

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One Motherís Day, the comic strip, Calvin and Hobbs, pictured Calvin standing by his motherís bed. "Hey, Mom! Wake up. I made you a Motherís Day card." "My, how sweet of you." she says. "I did it all by myself. Go ahead & read it." She begins to read:
"I was going to buy a card with hearts of pink and red. But then I thought Iíd rather spend the money on me instead. Itís awfully hard to buy things when oneís allowance is so small. So I guess youíre pretty lucky I got you anything at all. Happy Motherís Day. Now Iím done. So how about getting out of bed and fixing breakfast for your son." "Iím deeply moved," said his mother. Calvin asks, "Did you notice the part about my allowance?Ē
While we certainly want to magnify motherhood this month, I recognize that this is also a very tough day for some women because:
a. for some, motherhood is an accident, and not always a welcomed one
b. for some, biological motherhood isnít possible
c. for some, mothers werenít all that nice
d. Perhaps your mother died, or divorced, or was abusive
e. Still others struggle with pain over loss: death of a child, miscarriage, or abortion. Loss of a dream of one day having children of your own
f. Or itís difficult because of your own guilt and believing that you fall way short as a mom.
For you, Motherís Day is painful and brings on some pretty deep hurt.
So, with all those qualifications, why bother with Mothersí Day at all?
Iíll tell you why ó because for all its stumbling blocks, pitfalls, broken hearts and broken dreams, weíre talking about a beautiful ideal, a natural part of Godís plan to bring love and caring to light. Motherhood at its core was meant to bring a constant flow of love and encouragement and give the child their first impression of Godís love. That was the plan and for thousands of years, that worked.
Just look at the life of Moses. By all human standards, Moses never had a chance. Not only was he born to a slave, but there was already a death sentence upon him. Moses was a Hebrew, born in the cruel culture of ancient Egypt where Pharaoh had declared that all the Hebrew boys that were born were to be exterminated. Throw them into the river (to the crocodiles).


Thus Pharaoh became one of a long line of lunatics who have attempted to exterminate the Jews.
What caused this attempt to eradicate an entire race? It has always been Satanís passion to exterminate the Jewish race. He knew that through them the savior of the world would come.

So, he has used people throughout history to reach his goal. Into this situation Moses was born!
One road block hindered Pharaohís plan, a young, determined mother named Jochebed. While everyone bowed to this new order, one person would not submit. No one, not even mighty Pharaoh would lay his hands on her God-given child.
She determined in her heart to stand firm against the forces of evil in her day, forces that wanted to destroy her son and Godís nation!
I like the way the author of Hebrews speaks about Jochebed, ďShe was not afraid of the Kingís edict.Ē (Hebrews 11:23)Whatís a mother to do? Take a stand for God. Take a stand for morality and goodness and kindness. Take a stand against evil in our world and take a stand for Christ. Regardless of what evils the king may demand of you; take a stand. (And let your children see you do it.)

[Ron Otto from Lincoln Christian Church]


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