May 12, 2019 by maryruwe
Today is Mother’s Day and most everyone is celebrating their mother. Those celebrations range from fixing dinner for her to going out to eat, flowers or maybe another gift, or no gift but a telephone call or a card. Whatever and however you celebrate your mother; do it!
I remember my mother and what a great woman of God she was in raising her family with love. I say thank you, Mom, for bestowing in me the many lessons of how to be a good mother. I do hope that I have at least been able to pass on some of those wonderful lessons to my children, and now grand-children.
However, in saying all that, and not detracting anything, I want to add a little bit of twist by saying “Happy Mother’s Day to birth mothers”. Right now, some of you are thinking, “well, aren’t all mothers a birth mother”. The answer is yes and no because some mothers are adoptive mothers, and though they may not have given birth to the child they adopted, they are still mothers. So then, why am I say birth-mothers? Let me explain.
I have a close friend who was an adoptive mother before she was a birth mother. Meaning she and her husband adopted a baby girl about three or four years before she gave birth to a son. I saw on her post a thank-you to the birth mother for her selfless act of love in giving up her baby to be adopted to a family who could take care of her.
This got me to thinking that it is these mothers who give their baby up for adoption who are the unsung heroes of this day and age. Unless they have had other children, it is these mothers who carry the anguish are not wished happy Mother’s Day. To all of you, I commend your bravery and courage.
Now there may be a mother reading this post who did not give her child to adoption and is feeling the anguish of grief, and maybe even shame, of your alternative decision. If this is you, I say, God’s forgiveness is available to you. There is nothing that God can’t or won’t forgive when we come to Him with a humble repentant heart. (1 John 1:19)
There are many examples of mothers in the Bible. Eve was the first mother. Sarah gave birth to her first child in her old age. Rebecca had twins. Hannah, after many years of being barren, prayed and believed God and gave birth to a son; and then had other children. Ruth was a Moabitess. Then there is Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. The list could get quite lengthy, but the point I want to make is that no matter what stage or age in life your mother gave birth to you, be thankful for her and know that God placed you and her or him together in heartfelt love.
So, again, I say “Happy Mother’s Day” to all you mothers.
Eve, Genesis 4:1
Sarah, Genesis 21
Rebecca, Genesis 25
Hannah, 1 Samuel 1
Ruth, Ruth 1
Mary, Matthew 1:18-23, Luke 1:26-31