Thank God for Your Mother by Larry Vann

Thank God for Your Mother

For those of us who hold such things as comic strips as interesting, you’ll recall there is a comic strip called Family Circus. It involves a family with lots of kids. One day it seems the kids were discussing babies. One of the young experts announced: “Storks don’t bring babies. They come UPS.” Some of the other children had different ideas, but the best was saved for last. “Babies,” said one, “are connected to their mothers by a biblical cord.”

I want you to know that I believe this child’s remark to be true. You should thank God for your mother.

My wife Mary spent many years in the education field as an administrator and has confronted many of the things you can imagine plus probably a few more. Part of her job was knowing who attended her schools. The inner city kids she helped to educate had a common statistic. About 68% of her kid’s were being raised by grandparents. About 50% of those kid’s had at least one parent who was incarcerated.

You know and I know the old saying that you can’t pick your parents. But God can – and does! You believe that, don’t you? Let’s read about it in bible verses.

Jeremiah 20:17

For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.

Psalm 139:13

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Job 31:15

Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

Now, if you hadn’t thought of it before, you know now that you should be thankful for your mother – because God chose her.

And you know he has good plans for you:

Jeremiah 29:11

For you know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

If you were, or are being, raised by your grandparents, know that they are the parents of your parents. If you are raised by a aunt or an uncle, they are the relations of your parents. Your grandmother is the mother of your mother or father. Your aunt or uncle is the sister or brother of your mother or father. You are blessed that they love you and they are a Godly gift also.

What a wonderful thing that God’s Word has so many messages just for moms, messages for parents really, for moms, dads, and grandparents. We celebrate Mother’s Day for all the women (mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, aunts, and others) who have had their hands full raising children.

Men, and mankind, need Godly wives and mothers for their children.

Proverbs 14:1

The wise woman (or mother) builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Proverbs 19:14

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife (mother) is from the Lord.

Proverbs 31:10

A wife (mother) of noble character who can find? She is worth more than rubies.

Proverbs 31:30-31

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman (mother) who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let het words bring her praise at the city gate.

If a mother has let you down, tell her (if you can) what Jesus would say. Just like the lady at the well he would say to stop doing wrong and start doing right. He would tell us to forgive and encourage them in being right with God.

Remember though that we seldom get what we think we should get in any of the people in our lives. They all let us down. We expect too much. We, as people, just don’t see and do things as we should.

I’ll use my relationship with my mother as an example. I spoke of my mother at her funeral, and these were my words:

Geraldine Green Vann

This is a time that momma’s kids tell funny stories about momma’s life. I’m sorry, but I don’t have any funny ones to share. I didn’t pay attention as much as I should have. I didn’t consider her a practical person. Dad seemed to make it a point that I understand he was to be my instructor about how to make it in life. I believe my life, in many ways, has mirrored his as much as world events have allowed. I understood, growing up, that dad was to teach me how to be a man and mom was to pretty much concentrate on teaching the girls how to be good women.

Dad’s logic and mom’s were often significantly different when it came to work and dealing with people. I held this against mom for many years, because dad was my hero. I considered dad intelligent and mom not so much. Dad defined the terms fair and logical. Mom defined a sense of sharing that did not imply the need to earn your portion. This wasn’t fair or logical. Dad was hard and mom soft. Dad’s plans for making it through the world appeared helpful and mom’s not so much.

You had to earn dad’s respect – mom just seemed to give it to people. Mom loved people, and told them so – whether they deserved it or not. I suppose the world had taken the ability of such expression from dad before I knew him. Mom believed the church constituted family. Now dad had taught me a strong concept of family, but he never shared that extended concept with me.

When I think of my parents and their influences on my life, I am so thankful for what my dad taught me about hard work, practical problem solving, a mind for science and industry ----------- but people, I thank God for giving me a mother who saved my life, ---- by pointing out Christ to me, ---- who taught me that the world is really a little place and that people are more important than tasks.

I loved my dad and know I immolate him in many ways, but against all logic, it turned out that my mom was my truest hero.

All of you can relate to this message I presented at my mom’s funeral. We either had a mom like her or wish we had. You women who are mothers to children, whether biological or appointed by a court, should want to be women like her. She told her children about God. She walked them to church when dad took the car to work. She took care of her children …. She loved them and told them so, often. She was a faithful and loving wife through the good times and the bad. Godly women - we need them.

There is a song about Jesus that reminds me of how a child’s concept of mom resembles an adults concept of Christ. If it’s OK, I’ll sing a couple verses. I’d like for you to think about yourself as a little child with your mother, as she holds your hand while being out about her busy day.

SING: “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” first 2 verses

We need mothers who are women of faith, who will be shining examples to their children and teach their children to love God. The seeds implanted in our hearts, minds and souls by our mothers will either produce virtues or thorns, depending upon what our mother teaches us and what kind of example she sets for us. We need mothers who will take their children to church from babyhood, and who will pray with their children at home. A virtuous mother is needed to instill in her children the faith we received. How many of us who love God and love the church were taken at an early age by the hand by our mother who instilled this love and devotion into us by taking us and by setting the example?

In Proverbs 9:1, women of faith are considered to be “pillars of support” and “faithful”. This experience will leave a longstanding impression on the child that will result in a lifetime of lessons as a son or daughter, a young man or woman, a husband or wife, a father or mother, a grandfather or grandmother and in all the paths and professions of life that we may experience.

On this Mother’s Day, we salute all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers and even single women who set examples for nieces or nephews.

If your mother has blessed you much, thank her. And if your mother has failed you, the best Mother’s Day gift you can give is to forgive her.

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