Mother’s Day: Giving honor to whom it is due
Another year come and gone and here it is Mother’s Day again. You are probably thinking about what to buy for your Mom on HER day. Like most Mothers, we have enough perfume, we have all the plates and glassware we need, we have all of the small appliances, etc. Please don’t buy her a vacuum cleaner unless she has requested one. You can however buy her a dishwasher if you don’t already have one in your home and that would be quite a blessing. If by some odd chance she is still using a washboard, DO buy her a washing machine and dryer.
So…Dad…what you can get for the Mother of your children is to treat her to a series of gifts all designed to bless her on this day set to honor her. Here are some suggestions of different gifts that you can utilize if you wish:
- Get that family photo taken that is overdue
- Take her and your family on a horse-drawn carriage ride through your city
- Eat at her favorite fancy restaurant
- Buy her a heart-shaped gold locket with that new family photo inside
- Have your family lunch catered at your favorite park with servers in tuxedos
These are just some of the ideas that this writer proffers for those of my readers who might be struggling to think of some new things to get for Mom on her day. While the Bible does not obviously have any verses set aside for a special Mother’s day event, yet we see that God the Father did provide words upon this subject. You can find it in the Ten Commandments, it is
Honour thy father and thy MOTHER: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee (emphasis mine).
We also find Jesus Christ honoring His mother on a daily basis. How do we know it is most likely on a daily basis? In the first place, it was a commandment of God and the Lord Jesus kept all of God’s commandments perfectly. Then we find an instance written in the Bible where most definitely He honored His Mother by obeying her even when it wasn’t the most convenient for Him.
John 2:1-8. 12
And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
Jesus knew that it was not yet time for Him to begin His ministry, yet because His mother took the lead and set Him upon His path, He obeyed her and performed His first miracle in His ministry. We don’t see Him arguing endlessly about the fact that it wasn’t time yet; what we do read is that He does make mention of this, yet He honors His Mother and does it anyway. By the cultural rules of the society in which He was living, He could have simply informed His Mother to be quiet and refused to do anything. Yet He honored her and obeyed her. This is a good clue for all children to do so in imitation of the Holy One of God. Amen.
So this Mother’s day, give honor unto whom honor is due. Above all, children love your Mother, honor her and obey her and as the commandments of God states: “that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” Have a blessed Mother’s day!