Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother Love

Happy Mother's Day for those of you practicing the art of mothering! Mothering is a daunting task and to do it well requires more love and commitment than we sometimes feel we have. It takes a physical and emotional toll that's unexplainable to the inexperienced.

Sometimes you can "mother" someone who's not actually your child. Sometimes friends, strangers, and children of all ages can become your spiritual children.

My husband had back surgery yesterday so I'll be mothering him for the next three weeks. I'll help him get out of bed, get dressed, tie his shoes, nag him and then do all the chores and tasks he usually does.

If he's not stubborn, his back will heal nicely and if he is, well...

Jesus knows what a frustrated mother feels like.We see the depth of his love for the misguided and rebellious children of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
                                                                                                                      Luke 13:34

The Apostle Paul illustrates a mother's love and sacrifice when he wrote, Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.  
                 1 Thess 2:7-8

God loves, gathers, shares, shepherds, heals, protects and cares for us right now. He is our ultimate parent.

My prayer for all of us is that we feel this love and provision daily, and delight ourselves in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

             May you be blessed with peace in Christ,

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