For Mother’s Day let us turn to the passage in II Timothy 1:5. It reads as follows, “when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”
Timothy was a young man who newly received Christ as his Savior and then became a pastor under the direction of the apostle Paul. As a result, Paul wrote first and second Timothy as letters to him for guidance and encouragement. When Paul made his introduction in the second letter, he first wanted to point out the faith Timothy had, but that which he gained by the influence of his grandmother and mother.
This was a spiritual heritage. He may never have been a Christian without Eunice. There may never have been a Christian Eunice without Lois. The spiritual influence of the family is quite often taken lightly. The measure of that influence is beyond number. It calls to us the first commandment that says we should honor our father and mother. It also calls to us tender moments and emotions that are aroused on Mother’s Day.
Look at the hopes of a godly mother. She prays for the future social status, family relations, salvation, relationships, and financial situation of her child. She has a deep desire for the child’s happiness. A mother is so unique in that she will give anything for her child and her child’s happiness and safety.
The child benefits from the mother’s experiences. When the child finds himself troubled, she is the one who is best at offering sympathy, empathy, and understanding. She represents God’s hope for all of mankind. II Peter 3:9 reminds us that God would not have any to perish. Jesus himself placed special blessing on the children and said that we all must come to him as a child. It is God who provides all the bountiful supply that we have. Sometimes that supply may not seem as much as we would hope or even need. But God is there still providing.
Often the hurts of the mother are overlooked. She is in a position in which she is in constant demand from the child. When she herself is ill or exhausted, there is no escape or relief or appeasement for her. She is always there to attend to the child because her love is like that of God’s. There is no substitute for the hurts of the mother. Those hurts can run deep caused by the ignorance or selfishness of the child. Her importance does not become evident in the immediate moment. It is taken for granted.
Consider the heroism of the mother. She first began with birth pangs. In the rest of the child’s life she suffers concern. My mother-in-law used to say, “when they are young, they walk on your feet, when they are older, they walk on your heart.” The same is true of God. His sacrifice was supreme. And that is our heritage to salvation. There is no such thing as a minor sacrifice whether by mother or by God. So, on this day in which we honor mothers, we offer our thanks and love.