A Tribute to Mothers

May she who gave you birth rejoice!    Solomon

Mothers, I have learned, are very important. I had this truth driven home one Sunday morning while "helping" Carolyn get our three year old ready for worship. I dressed her from the skin out and did a dandy job if I do say so myself. The problem was that when we got into the worship, our daughter started to squirm - she was having a bit of trouble breathing. Turns out that I had put one of her legs through the waist opening of her underwear, and her waist through the opening for one of her legs. Anyway, the long and short of it is that I was not invited to help anymore with helping the girls get ready for worship.

I wonder sometimes how many of us would make it to the worship were it not for our wives and mothers. For that matter, without our moms, how many families do you think would pause to offer thanks for our food before meals? Without the influence of mothers, how many children would have a bedtime Bible story? How many would have someone to listen to their bedtime prayers?

Let's face it men, without the influence of our mothers we would still be barbarians, and without the influence of our wives, we would be raising little heathens. While our kids would know some important things like how to bait a hook and throw a football, they would, for the most part, be unwashed, unmatched, malnourished, and completely lacking in all things spiritual.

Good mothers love their children with all of their hearts. They hurt when their children hurt. They worry when their children are not doing well. They sacrifice so that their children won't have to do without. And they pray - countless prayers that their children will be faithful to the Lord, for they know that these same children will someday no longer be children. More importantly, they know that their children will surely kneel before the Master and hear their final judgment. They want their children to be with them in Heaven, so they do everything that they can, today, to make sure that happens. And... though we don't tell them nearly often enough, we love our mothers for all that they do.

Her children rise and call her blessed... Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward that she has earned, and let her works bring her praise.    Proverbs 31:28-31, NIV.