Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Mother's Desired Name

Whenever we had any need, we would say “Ma!” If we faced a problem, were in trouble, had a banged up knee or a cut or bruise, we would still say “Ma.” Often it would be “Thanks, Ma” or “Please, Ma?” even “Ma, why me?” or “Ma! I need help!” But all of us called her “Ma.” It contained feelings of warmth and comfort, reassurance in times of trouble and difficulty, or happy smiles and laughing voices on special occasions. Now it brings precious memories of a saint reading her Bible, kneeling quietly in prayer for her children, or leading a large number of children from Garfield Elementary School to Broadway Baptist Church for a Child Evangelism class. She deserved to be called blessed!

Solomon raised the bar on motherhood to its highest level when he wrote, “Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also and he praises her.” This verse suggests a scene at a banquet or special gathering when children gather together and publicly announce to the world that their mother is worthy of being called “Blessed.” It is not a term that is used to praise God. Its strict use is for one person to praise another person for some outstanding accomplishment. In this instance, it is children praising their mother for her influence on and in their lives by imparting God’s wisdom as their foundation for successful living and the benefits they have received from applying it to their lives.

The husband is also part of the celebration and “he also praises her.” What a beautiful picture of a family! Too often we hear of dysfunctional families, broken families, single-parent families, blended families and neglected families - every type of family imaginable except families that have a mother who is called “blessed” by her children and “praised” by her husband.

We desperately need homes filled with such mothers.

Prayer: God, give us Christian homes! Homes where the Bible is taught and lived and homes filled with Your love! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

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