Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. Consider this an early warning to the forgetful man! But this is also a shout out for all the courageous woman willing to be mothers.
A man was applying to be a New York City policeman. He had passed a wide battery of tests and was in his final phase. A panel quizzed him on different situations he might encounter in the field. He answered well but then came a hard, unexpected question. “You’ve just been sent to arrest your own mother. What do you do?” The man paused, but quickly realized the only answer that made sense. “I’d call for back up.”
Mothers: what a wonderful, loving and tough breed. Never stand between a mother and her cubs. That applies to brown bears and to humans. Mothers give their lives for their children, gladly taking on any and all comers. Indeed, it is the bears who should be warned about where they step!
Mothers are tough in more ways than one. Madeleine L’Engle, prize-winning author of “A Wrinkle In Time,” notes that parents are only as happy as their least happy child. A mother willingly ties her heart to the happiness of her children, even though their future is unknown.
Consider Mary, the mother of Jesus. Shortly after his birth she takes her child to the temple. A prophet speaks in dazzling words about how wonderful her child is but then gives an ominous warning. “And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2:35.
And you know the rest. Mary has a lot of happiness being a mother. Jesus is a good child. He’s smart, amazing his teachers while still a young boy. As he grows older, she sees him do a lot of good things, helping others and teaching about God. People respect him and speak well of him.
But not all do so. Some despise him and seek to hurt her son. She finally watches as a cruel soldier runs a spear through his side as he hangs on the cross, dying for you and me. The spear surely ran through her heart, too. The prophecy given when Jesus was a newborn came true. But she lives to see her son return from the dead and she who gave birth to Jesus is there as Jesus in turn gives birth to the church and good news is preached in his name.
Mary’s life, though in many ways miraculous, is also a pattern for all mothers. They all feel joy as their children do well and find love. They all are pierced as their children fail and feel pain. We give our thanks to all mothers who experience the joy and the sword of having children. You teach us about the heart of God who ties his life with ours and feels our every sorrow and joy. We honor you, Mothers, and say together, “Thank you!”
Rick Cupp is minister at the Kenai Fellowship, 283-7682. Sunday Bible Classes for all ages, 10 a.m.; coffee and fellowship,10:45; worship 11:15. Wednesday meal, 6:15 p.m.; worship. 7:00.