May 14 (Luke 2:35)
and a sword will pierce through your own
soul also… (ESV)
A mother, grief stricken, just stood,
Eyes full of tears next to a cross
On which was hanging her son.
Through her soul, groaning and with him
Sharing his despair and grievingA sword has already passed.
It is Mother’s Day in the United States, a day to celebrate all that mothers mean in our lives. Mothers not our own have blessed us, too. Mothers of friends, the mother of our spouse, mothers we will never meet who reared their children well to become the neighbors and co-workers we love…we are grateful to them all.
Yet no mother in the history of the world has given us more than Mary, the mother of Jesus. As a scared young girl engaged to be married, she gave herself to the will of God to be the mother of His son on earth, and the angel said all nations would call her blessed because of it. And then she bore what no mother should have to bear. She stood beside the cross and watched as her son, her boy, willingly died for the sins of the world, including ours.
Today is a day for remembering mothers. Take a moment and remember what one mother endured so God’s plan for your salvation could be fulfilled. If you like, listen to the exquisite Arvo Pärt rendering of “Stabat Mater,” whose opening verses are above (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrP4z9kfOv4&t=880s Words begin at the 4:05 mark). We have much for which to be grateful to mothers, many mothers, not just our own.
Father, You have blessed me with many mothers, women who helped shape my life both directly and indirectly. Thank You for their words and their work. May You bless richly those who are still here and welcome with love those who have gone home. In the name of Jesus, Who died and rose again for all mothers and fathers and children everywhere, amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins