Before she even held you in her arms, while you were still growing inside of her, she fell madly in love with you! She’s the one who struggled during those many hours giving you birth. She changed your diapers without complaint, and took care of you while you were sick—sometimes staying up all night just to watch over you. She’s the one who prayed for you when you were hurting, all the while wanting to take on your pain, herself. She encouraged you to persevere through the difficult times in life, and fulfill the dreams of your heart. She (has) always believed in you—even when you doubted yourself.
There is none like a mother!
As we grow older and have children of our own, we realize that our mother gave us a pattern by which to build up our own family. Because of her strong faith and her loving living example we can bring up our children in the ways of God, with the assurance that they know their loving Creator.
Thank you mom! –For everything! Happy Mother’s Day!
I’m a huge fan of the late Erma Bombeck. Her writing was a seamless combination of real-life commentary mixed with the perfect amount of humor. This is an excerpt taken from her column, written many years ago about, “The Day the Lord Created Mothers”. While it isn’t Bible-based, I hope you will enjoy her humorously-loving ode to mothers everywhere!
When the Good Lord was creating mothers He was into His 6th day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”
And the Lord said, “Have you read the specification on this order?”
“She has to be completely washable but not plastic”
“Have 180 movable parts . . . all replaceable”
“Run on black coffee and leftovers”
“Have a lap that disappears when she stands up”
“A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair”
“And 6 pairs of hands”
The angel shook her head slowly and said, “6 pairs of hands….no way.”
“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes that Mothers have to have.”
“That’s in the standard model?” asked the angel.
The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front so that she can look at a child when he goofs and say, ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”
“Lord,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “come to bed. Tomorrow . . . “
“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one that heals herself when she is sick . . . can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger . . . and can get a 9 yr. old to stand under a shower.”
The angel circled the model of a Mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.
“But tough!” said the Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this Mother can do or endure.”
“Can it think?”
“Not only think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.
Finally, the angel bent over and ran a finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You You were trying to put too much into this model.”
“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord. “It’s a tear.”
“What’s it for?”
“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”
“You are a genius,” said the angel.
The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there”
–(Erma Bombeck, May 12, 1974)
The What’s in the Bible? team would like to hear about your most memorable Mother’s Day. Whether it’s about you, your mother or your wife—please share your story with us under the comments section of this blog post.
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at What’s in the Bible? !!